Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 10/29/14
As a whole, there probably aren’t tough athletes in the country than hockey players. They sprawl out in front of 90+ mile per hour slapshots without flinching. They take pucks and high sticks to the face, go to the locker room for stitches and return within the same game. So when it comes to questioning other athletes’ levels of toughness, hockey players have free reign. When LeBron James went down like a ton of bricks in Game 4 Tuesday night, many originally thought he was suffering from something pretty serious. He had to be carried off the floor and wasn’t able to put weight on either leg. James was diagnosed with leg cramps. And when it was announced during the broadcast, hockey players teed off on Twitter. Winnipeg Jets right winger Blake Wheeler: Anaheim Ducks center Nick Bonino: Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski: Scott Valentine of the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators: Edmonton Oilers phenom Taylor Hall (who took a skate to the face last season): Needless to say, hockey players weren’t too impressed by LeBron needing to come out of the game and not being able to return. Hockey players drink Pedialyte between periods. LeBron was just equipped with water and Gatorade. The Thunder will probably need a return of the cramps for James to get back into the series. NHL Players Mock LeBron James’ Leg Cramps Via Twitter During Game 4 Of NBA Finals [Boston CBS Local]
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  • It is kinda funny having played the game & understanding hockey as I do, to see Basketball players go down over a finger in the face, elbow or a small cut. The biggest men in the world are the biggest babies. Hockey is the only real man's game left along with football. Basketball & baseball are played by spoiled babies. And they're the worst to the fans as well.
  • Hockey shouldn't be sport, you don't really exert any energy. You just hit a piece of rubber with a stick, fight and fight again. Hockey players can't play any other sport thats why they play hockey! They don't catch cramps because they don't really do anything. So bulldog you're probably mid 30's - 40's balding and take Viagra like Tic Tacs. If you played a sport that required physical activity you would know that cramps are really painful and not the one reaching for the syrup at the top of the shelf!
  • @WHATHA: I have never responed to a post in any category until I saw the ignorance in yours. First off, as far as anerobic exhaustion is concerned, most hockey players can only play once every 4 minutes if they Second, there isn't a sport in the world where you have to combine every aspect of every other sport, then do it on skates. Yes, the fighting gets out of hand and I could do without most of it, but even modern day basketball is making hockey players look like chess players. A goaltender (which I was for 25+ years) and played D2, typically looses 5-7 pounds of water weight a game. Although I am nothe best, nobody on earth can match the lightning reflexes of a top notch goaltender. It is not uncommon to get a Potassium or Saline IV in between periods due to cramping and anerobic muscle fatigue. How about a baseball player that stands in one spot for hours on end, jogs to and from his position and is lucky to see 3 balls in a 4 hour game. I can go on and on but sounds to me like you have some serious warped misconceptions of how hard the game is, obviously you have never played it. BTW, if you look up the NCAA D1 and D2 academic stats, The first 4 slots belong to women. Then number 5 spot is hockey players, and guess what, there isn't another male sport that breaks the top 10 to include baseball, football and of course basketball. I have coached multiple sports and there is nothing left like youth hockey. The kids are disciplined, respectful and play hard. That's what putting a pair of skates on when you are 4 and having a season that lasts from September to MArch, 3 practices a week, one game saturday and one game sunday gets you. That doesn't include tournaments and end of season playoffs. I coached baseball here 6 or 7 years ago and its nothing but a 60 day babysitting service. Pound for pound a hockey player will dominate aerobically, physically, mentally and stamina wise any player from any other sport.

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