"Spirited" Play For The Whole Family?

The Winterhawks sent out an e-mail Friday morning listing the “Top 10 reasons to come see the Winterhawks tonight.” It included an item that tapped into my fuddy-duddyness.

On one hand, they wrote, “It’s Mascot night. Bring the whole family!”

On the other, they wrote, “Portland and Kelowna played a chippy game on Wednesday and tonight could be just as ‘spirited.’ “

Now, I’m no marketing genius, but in reading between the lines, I think “spirited” means, “There could be fights! Lots and lots of fights! See 19-year-olds throw down the gloves and 49-year-olds react wildly when they do!”

That certainly would not be unusual for junior hockey, and if you’re going to a game you understand this. But I find it a little awkward for the team to promote family entertainment and, um, “spirited” play at the same time.

Then again, I’m a fuddy-duddy.

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