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Filed under: shows its homoerotic side

goons_skirmishs.jpgThis graphic is on the front page of and illustrates a story on "the world of hard-core hockey fight fans, the Cult of the Goon." There are even goon fantasy leagues! As a reader, Alexander, e-mailed me: "Fight club homoeroticism shamelessly flaunted at ESPN website." It's an accurate description, as one devotee explains to writer Patrick Hruby:

Dropping the gloves is the ultimate commitment.
Two men going to war is a unique, intimate situation.

Of course, the article never directly addresses the homoerotic aspects; that would be getting too intimate, even for these guys, whose motto would be, "make war, not love." --Jim Buzinski