You always know it's going to be a good day when you wake up early and find a note in your inbox from David Singer, the man, the myth and the legend behind Hockeyfights.com.
Today was one of those days: "Some GOOD fights tonight," was the message in my inbox earlier today.
If you've ever watched an NHL fight on YouTube, it's probably because Singer recorded it on his massive bank of TiVo systems, stripped it and uploaded it for all to see.
Truth be told, Singer's work is so good and so widespread, that plenty of other folks will strip the Flash videos off of YouTube, then upload them again without attributing the original source. But the ripoffs don't stop there either. You see, the stats that Singer compiles are regularly cited by members of the mainstream media. Many of these same reporters will pass along the info without citing Hockeyfights.com, the only authoritative source for the information in the first place.
The point here is simple: Singer does this out of love of the game, and the evident respect he has for the men who drop the gloves. God knows he isn't doing it for the money. So the next time you watch a fight video, think about Singer and the good work he does. And then, don't forget to enjoy the fight.
And speaking of fights, here's last night's tussle between Eric Boulton of the Atlanta Thrashers and the aforementioned Orr of the New York Rangers. The readers at Hockeyfights.com gave it 8.8 out of 10:
Here's another great tussle, as Colorado's Darcy Tucker took on the league's newest tough guy, Derrek Dorsett. I'll have more on Dorsett later today at The Sporting Blog:
And finally, we'll finish things off with a tussle between Carolina's Tim Gleason and Cam Janssen of St. Louis: