Modern Day Gladiators

Watch the following video. It is the talk of the town in ice hockey (NHL) circles this week:

Disclosure: I know next to nothing about ice hockey or the NHL. I stumbled onto this video because it was posted on a news site.

I hear the excitement in the commentators’ voices and the wild crowd cheering on the players fighting each other. I see the two women filming the fight and the injured player unable to get up from the floor. And it makes me wonder: how different is all this from the gladiator matches in the Colosseum in ancient Rome? Has humankind progressed in the last 2,000 years, or have we merely exchanged sweaty men in a huge sandpit with well-geared men in a giant ice rink?

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