I've had this conversation hundreds of times, and it's never been longer than about 4 or 5 stupid, opinionated comments. But yet, here's a guy who wrote this hugely elaborate essay on the matter. I just find that interesting.
I like hockey, but I find myself agreeing with a lot of the points he makes, which I also find interesting. If you don't like hockey, skim some of the points he makes in mid-section of the essay and tell me what you think.