For discussion

September 28, 2011 | Feature | Number 19

1. Professional hockey is known for fighting and violence. Should this deter Mennonites from being avid hockey fans? Is hard hitting and fighting an essential part of the game? Is violence okay if it’s allowed in the rules of the game? Is this what David Driedger means by structured violence?

2. What symbols or connections are evoked by the new Winnipeg Jets’ logo? How closely does this logo connect the Winnipeg hockey team with the Canadian military? Should Mennonites be concerned about this connection between hockey and militarism?

3. How effective are logos? How big an issue is an offensive logo? Do you agree with Driedger that criticism of the Winnipeg Jets’ logo is a distraction from the more important problem of structured violence in society?  

4. What role does money play in professional sports? Does it promote violence? Under what conditions can a faithful follower of Jesus be a Winnipeg Jets’ fan?

5. Should Mennonites avoid listening to Don Cherry?

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