- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2008

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

A ho-hum college football game is the only decent item - North Carolina at Rutgers. 7:30 p.m., ESPN

TWT FIVE » FIGHTING TIPS FROM THE CAPITALS’ DONALD BRASHEAR

During Capitals media fantasy camp Tuesday, the veteran NHL enforcer — who enters the season with 2,440 penalty minutes in 926 career games — provided a brief tutorial on the rules of engagement.

1. Throw the stick and gloves out of the way. Matt Bradley confirmed that the last thing a player wants to worry about before or during a fight is whether he’s risking injury by stepping on a piece of equipment.

2. Have visor, remove helmet. Some stars like Brendan Shanahan immediately take off their helmets to save their hands. Brashear and Bradley prefer to keep their helmet on, but if they are fighting a player like Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, they won’t engage until he takes his head-gear (with visor) off.

3. Balance is key. Bending the knees is the best way to get into a good stance as well as the ability to switch “lead” skates. If an opponent’s left side is closest to Brashear, he likes to have his left skate closest as well.

4. Start with a quick jab. Brashear demonstrated that a quick right or left jab (depending on the fighter) can stun an opponent and allow Brashear to get leverage and then start pounding.

5. Grab on and hang on. Once he tries to deliver the first punch, Brashear wants to grab the opponent’s jersey in the shoulder area and try to hang on while delivering haymakers.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide