(Above: New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle on '24/7', waiting for "Avatar 2" and quite hungry.)
Right from the start, last night's "HBO 24/7 Flyers Rangers" celebrated the brutality of the game: Big hits, fighting, nasty rivalries and the scars (and injuries) that result from them.
You know, all the stuff the NHL has been asked to slowly disown in 2011, thanks to player deaths, concussions, drug abuse and a general player safety revolution throughout its culture.
Myles McNutt of The Onion's AV Club found this inconsistency between the documentary narrative and the reality of today's NHL a bit concerning; indeed, the "ubiquitous brutality" mentioned in the opening monologue is at odds with the media coverage and the NHL's own player protection mandates: rules changes, suspensions and fines.
"I'm not suggesting that the series needs to vilify that violence, or that violence doesn't belong in the sport," he writes, "but it feels as though given the current tenor of conversation som...