So 63 per cent of Canadians who call themselves hockey fans want fighting in the game according to a poll in the Star today.
And 61 per cent of Canadians in general think fighting should be banned. And that leaves us where?
Well, in the same place. A similar poll a couple of months ago showed basically the same results, which were discussed over and over in this blog.
The pro-fighting crowd believes this should, in some way, end the discussion.
Ah, don't think so.
The reality is that 37 per cent of hockey fans don't like fighting, and without a shred of evidence to support it, my guess would be that's a share that has increased steadily over the past 25 years.
But the pro-fighting crowd still rules the roost, which means in the NHL, North American minor pro hockey and major junior hockey in Canada engaging in a fight generally only means a five-minute major.
But sanctions continue to crowd around the actions of fighters, including new ones proposed by NHL general managers just last week.
So the days when fighters set their own agenda are over. And the day when fighters in most leagues - including the NHL - are booted for fighting aren't far off. A decade, perhaps.
Change takes a long time in a sport as deeply-rooted in tradition as hockey. When I grew up in the 1970s, bench-clearing brawls were common, and there were just as many folks willing to justify them as there willing to provide rationales for fighting today.
Eventually, bench-clearing scraps were legislated out of existence.
Today, there are new rules against fighting in the OHL and QMJHL. Last week, instead of getting rid of the instigator penalty, the root of all evil according to the pro-fighting crowd, NHL GMs voted to use it more aggressively.
So change is a-coming, and the tide is unstoppable. Hockey, the great game that it is, will only be greater when fighting vanishes from the landscape. Of course, those of us who don't need it in the NHL only have to wait about a month when the element that some argue is so indispensable to the game totally disappears during the NHL playoffs, the most meaningful time of the year.
So, those of you that love it so much when the gloves get dropped, wrap yourself in today's poll if it makes you feel better. And enjoy the last few days of the NHL fighting season. I'm sure the game will be so lousy without fighting once the playoffs begin you'll find something else to watch.
But understand your days of being in the majority are dwindling. Enjoy it while you can. And let the argument rage on!