Pulse: How should Chris Simon be punished?

On Friday, SportsNation chatted about Chris Simon's hit on Ryan Hollweg.

Updated: March 12, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
Friday, March 9

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Friday's Big Question

1. What should the NHL do about Chris Simon?


Chris Simon put a vicious hit on Ryan Hollweg.
Three years to the day that Todd Bertuzzi hit Steve Moore from behind, another ugly incident has marred the NHL.

In retaliation for being nailed to the boards, Simon swiped at Hollweg's head with his stick, connecting with Hollweg's chin and dropping him to the ice. Simon has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL.

SportsNation's general consensus was for a hefty penalty and suspension.

For how long should the NHL suspend Chris Simon for striking Ryan Hollweg with his stick?
43% Remainder of regular season and playoffs
39% Through the playoffs and some of '07-08 season
19% Remainder of regular season

From Friday's morning buzz:
Chris Simon should be suspended for at least the rest of the season plus playoffs and fined some amount over the salary he is due for those games!
Chad
Savannah, GA

Hockey players have been going crazy lately. That's what happens when someone reads your email.
Justin
Boston, MA

Chris Simon needs to go sit in the corner for a very very long time.
Keith
PA

It's sad that stuff like Simon's hit and Bertuzzi's hit are what draws the most attention to hockey....the regular games/fights are enough that people should be watching more often.
Justin
Glendale, AZ

How about that Rangers-Islanders game last night? If you ask me, Chris Simon should be kicked out of the league for taking a baseball swing with his stick to the face of Ryan Hollweg. This is not the type of attention the league needs right now. Guys like Simon have no place in the game. On a brighter note, the Rangers won the game 2-1 and have now moved into the 8th and final playoff spot with 15 games left.
PJ
New York, NY

Thursday's Big Question

1. Who will win the conference tournaments?


Can these stars lead their teams to victory?
Teams are warming up for the Big Dance and NIT with conference tournaments this week, and the action is rapidly heating up.

Some teams have been knocked out early, rendering standard predictions worthless, while Cinderella teams are making those who took a chance on a long shot look pretty good.

SportsNation's biggest consensus was for the winner of the C-USA tournament, with Memphis the popular choice.

Which team will win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament?
49% North Carolina (25-6, 11-5)
18% Maryland (24-7, 10-6)
8% Virginia (20-9, 11-5)
5% Miami (11-19, 4-12)
5% Virginia Tech (20-10, 10-6)
4% Duke (22-9, 8-8)
3% Florida State (19-11, 7-9)
3% Wake Forest (14-15, 5-11)
3% Boston College (19-10, 10-6)
2% Georgia Tech (20-10, 8-8)
1% Clemson (21-9, 7-9), NC State (15-14, 5-11)

Which team will win the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament?
34% Xavier (23-7, 13-3)
22% George Washington (20-8, 11-5)
16% Massachusetts (23-7, 13-3)
14% Rhode Island (17-13, 10-6)
6% Richmond (8-21, 4-12)
3% Saint Louis (18-12, 8-8)
2% Dayton (18-11, 8-8)
2% Temple (12-17, 6-10) 1% Saint Joseph's (17-13, 9-7)
1% Charlotte (14-15, 7-9), Duquesne (10-18, 6-10), Fordham (17-11, 10-6)

Which team will win the Big East Conference tournament?
25% Georgetown (23-6, 13-3)
22% Pittsburgh (25-6, 12-4)
17% Syracuse (21-9, 10-6)
10% Louisville (22-8, 12-4)
8% Marquette (23-8, 10-6)
5% Notre Dame (23-6, 11-5)
4% St. John's (16-14, 7-9)
3% Villanova (21-9, 9-7)
3% West Virginia (21-8, 9-7)
3% DePaul (18-12, 9-7)
1% Connecticut (17-13, 6-10), Providence (18-11, 8-8)

Which team will win the Big Ten Conference tournament?
47% Ohio State (27-3, 15-1)
34% Wisconsin (27-4, 13-3)
4% Michigan State (21-10, 8-8)
4% Minnesota (9-21, 3-13)
3% Indiana (20-9, 10-6)
2% Iowa (17-13, 9-7)
2% Michigan (20-11, 8-8)
2% Northwestern (13-17, 2-14)
1% Illinois (21-10, 9-7)
1% Purdue (20-10, 9-7), Penn State (11-18, 2-14)

Which team will win the Big 12 Conference tournament?
38% Texas A&M (25-5, 13-3)
30% Kansas (27-4, 14-2)
18% Texas (22-8, 12-4)
6% Colorado (7-19, 3-13)
3% Baylor (14-15, 4-12)
2% Texas Tech (20-11, 9-7)
1% Kansas State (21-10, 10-6)
1% Oklahoma State (20-11, 6-10)
1% Missouri (18-11, 7-9), Nebraska (17-13, 6-10), Oklahoma (15-14, 6-10), Iowa State (15-15, 6-10)

Which team will win the Big West Conference tournament?
55% Long Beach State (22-7, 12-2)
21% Cal State Fullerton (19-9, 9-5)
8% Pacific (11-18, 5-9)
7% UC Riverside (7-23, 1-13)
5% UC Santa Barbara (18-10, 9-5)
3% Cal Poly (18-10, 9-5)
1% UC Irvine (13-17, 6-8), Cal State Northridge (14-16, 5-9)

Which team will win the Conference USA tournament?
77% Memphis (27-3, 16-0)
7% UCF (22-8, 11-5)
6% East Carolina (6-23, 1-15)
3% Marshall (12-18, 7-9)
2% Houston (16-14, 10-6)
2% Tulsa (19-10, 9-7)
1% Southern Miss (19-10, 9-7)
1% SMU (14-16, 3-13)
1% UAB (15-15, 7-9), Rice (14-15, 8-8)
1% UTEP (14-16, 6-10), Tulane (16-12, 9-7)

Which team will win the Mid-American Conference tournament?
55% Akron (24-6, 13-3)
16% Kent State (20-10, 12-4)
11% Toledo (18-11, 14-2)
6% Northern Illinois (7-22, 4-12)
3% Bowling Green (13-17, 3-13)
2% Ohio (18-12, 9-7)
2% Buffalo (12-18, 4-12)
2% Western Michigan (15-15, 9-7)
2% Miami (OH) (15-14, 10-6)
1% Central Michigan (12-17, 7-9)
1% Ball State (9-21, 5-11), Eastern Michigan (12-18, 6-10)

Which team will win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament?
56% Delaware State (19-11, 16-2)
14% Florida A&M (18-13, 12-6)
11% Maryland-Eastern Shore (4-26, 1-17)
8% Hampton (14-15, 10-8)
3% South Carolina State (13-16, 10-8)
2% Howard (9-21, 5-13)
2% NC A&T (14-16, 10-8)
1% Coppin State (11-19, 9-9)
1% Bethune-Cookman (9-20, 6-12)
1% Morgan State (12-17, 10-8)
1% Norfolk State (10-18, 10-8)

Which team will win the Mountain West Conference tournament?
41% Air Force (23-7, 12-4)
27% UNLV (25-6, 12-4)
16% BYU (23-7, 13-3)
7% San Diego State (21-9, 10-6)
4% Utah (11-18, 6-10)
2% TCU (12-16, 4-12)
2% Colorado State (16-12, 6-10)
1% New Mexico (15-16, 4-12), Wyoming (16-14, 7-9)

Which team will win the Pac-10 Conference tournament?
54% UCLA (26-4, 15-3)
19% Washington State (24-6, 13-5)
7% Oregon (23-7, 11-7)
6% Arizona (20-9, 11-7)
5% USC (21-10, 11-7)
5% Oregon State (11-20, 3-15)
2% Washington (18-12, 8-10)
1% Stanford (18-11, 10-8)
1% Arizona State (8-21, 2-16), California (14-16, 6-12)

Which team will win the Southeastern Conference tournament?
40% Florida (26-5, 13-3)
39% Tennessee (22-9, 10-6)
6% Vanderbilt (20-10, 10-6)
4% Kentucky (20-10, 9-7)
3% LSU (16-14, 5-11)
3% Georgia (17-12, 8-8)
2% Alabama (20-10, 7-9)
1% Arkansas (18-12, 7-9)
1% Missisissippi State (17-12, 8-8)
1% Ole Miss (19-11, 8-8), Auburn (17-14, 7-9), South Carolina (14-15, 4-12)

Which team will win the Southland Conference tournament?
53% Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23-6, 14-2)
27% Sam Houston State (21-9, 13-3)
5% UT-Arlington (13-16, 8-8)
5% Northwestern State (15-14, 10-6)
4% McNeese State (14-16, 9-7)
3% Stephen F. Austin (15-13, 8-8)
2% SE Louisiana (16-13, 8-8)
1% Lamar (14-16, 8-8)

Which team will win the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament?
41% Mississippi Valley State (16-14, 13-5)
38% Jackson State (18-13, 12-6)
8% Southern (10-20, 9-9)
4% Grambling (12-13, 10-8)
3% Alabama State (10-19, 8-10)
3% Texas Southern (13-16, 9-9)
2% Alcorn State (11-18, 10-8)
1% Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11-18, 9-9)

Which team will win the Western Athletic Conference tournament?
57% Nevada (27-3, 14-2)
16% New Mexico State (22-8, 11-5)
7% Fresno State (22-8, 10-6)
5% Idaho (3-26, 1-15)
4% Utah State (21-10, 9-7)
4% San Jose State (5-24, 4-12)
3% Boise State (16-13, 8-8)
3% Hawaii (18-12, 8-8)
1% Louisiana Tech (10-19, 7-9)

Wednesday's Big Question

1. How has the Bertuzzi/Moore incident affected the NHL?


Todd Bertuzzi's revenge hit rocked the NHL.
The illegal and flagrant hit that Todd Bertuzzi put on Steve Moore three years ago raised questions that the NHL still hasn't answered.

How much should the league discourage violence, when hitting is an integral part of the sport? Should referees have greater leeway when handing out penalties? Should player equipment be changed? These and other questions are still being bandied about the NHL.

SportsNation thinks the game should not be made less violent, but should be changed slightly to promote overall safety.

In the wake of the Bertuzzi-Moore incident, what do you believe is the league's current stance on ''revenge'' hits?
67% The same
26% More strict
7% More lenient

Do you think the NHL has done enough to discourage such reactionary behavior in the game?
65% No
35% Yes

Do you think a player has a right to ''retaliate'' after a hit to his teammate?
86% Yes
14% No

Do you agree with the board of governors' suggestion to raise the number of total instigator penalties before suspension from three to five?
59% Yes
41% No

Do you think the NHL needs to examine the possibility of changing elbow and shoulder equipment in an attempt to lessen injuries to players?
62% Yes
38% No

Tuesday's Big Question

1. Who is the best center in NBA history?


Wilt Chamberlain was an unmatched scorer.
On Tuesday, the Daily Dime chose its list of the top 10 centers ever, ranging from pioneer big man George Mikan to modern colossus Shaquille O'Neal.

Our panel of experts took into account a player's overall career, individual peak, level of dominance, and legacy. You can see their list and rationale here.

SportsNation had a slightly different pick for Best Center Ever.

Who is the best center of all time?
1. Wilt Chamberlain
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
3. Bill Russell
4. Shaquille O'Neal
5. Hakeem Olajuwon
6. Moses Malone
7. David Robinson
8. George Mikan
9. Patrick Ewing
10. Bill Walton
11. Robert Parish
12. Willis Reed
13. Wes Unseld
14. Dave Cowens
15. Nate Thurmond

Which of these centers was/is the best scorer?
63% Wilt Chamberlain
24% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
5% Hakeem Olajuwon
4% Shaquille O'Neal
1% Bill Russell
1% David Robinson
1% Patrick Ewing
1% Moses Malone, George Mikan, Bill Walton

Best rebounder?
34% Bill Russell
27% Wilt Chamberlain
17% Moses Malone
6% Shaquille O'Neal
5% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
4% Hakeem Olajuwon
3% David Robinson
2% Patrick Ewing
1% Bill Walton
1% George Mikan

Best defender?
50% Bill Russell
20% Hakeem Olajuwon
10% David Robinson
4% Shaquille O'Neal
4% Wilt Chamberlain
4% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
4% Patrick Ewing
2% Moses Malone
1% Bill Walton
1% George Mikan

Best passer?
31% Bill Walton
14% Shaquille O'Neal
13% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
13% Hakeem Olajuwon
10% Bill Russell
7% David Robinson
6% Wilt Chamberlain
2% Moses Malone
2% George Mikan
2% Patrick Ewing

Best shot-blocker?
34% Hakeem Olajuwon
28% Bill Russell
11% Wilt Chamberlain
6% David Robinson
6% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
7% Shaquille O'Neal
4% Patrick Ewing
2% Moses Malone
1% George Mikan
1% Bill Walton

Most clutch?
40% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
20% Bill Russell
18% Hakeem Olajuwon
8% Shaquille O'Neal
7% Wilt Chamberlain
2% David Robinson
2% Patrick Ewing
1% Moses Malone
1% Bill Walton
1% George Mikan

If you were starting a team from scratch, which center would you want to build your team around?
28% Shaquille O'Neal
21% Wilt Chamberlain
19% Bill Russell
15% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
11% Hakeem Olajuwon
3% David Robinson
1% Patrick Ewing
1% Bill Walton
1% Moses Malone, George Mikan

Which center is your favorite?
24% Shaquille O'Neal
17% Hakeem Olajuwon
13% Bill Russell
12% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
11% Wilt Chamberlain
10% David Robinson
6% Patrick Ewing
3% Bill Walton
3% Moses Malone
1% George Mikan

Will we ever see a return to a center-dominated game?
57% No
43% Yes

Monday's Big Question

1. What did you think of the hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough?


Tyler Hansbrough was left bleeding after a hard foul.
The UNC-Duke rivalry took an ugly turn on Sunday.

In the final seconds of No. 8 UNC's 86-72 win over No. 14 Duke, Hansbrough was the subject of a flagrant foul from Duke's Gerald Henderson. Henderson was ejected and given an automatic one-game suspension, while Hansbrough ended up with a broken nose and chipped tooth. Hansbrough will be fitted with a special mask that will enable him to continue play.

SportsNation thought the punishment was a bit too light for the crime.

What is your reaction to Gerald Henderson's 1-game suspension for his flagrant foul on Tyler Hansbrough?
37% Too light
36% Just right
27% It wasn't flagrant; no suspension necessary

From Fran Fraschilla's Monday chat:
What was your opinion on Duke/UNC? A hard foul that goes to far and a coach's comments about it being the other teams' fault because the game was already over? It put a stain on John Chaney's coaching career, yet it looks like Duke and Coach K will get a free pass on this one. Even if Coach K had nothing to do with the foul, it looks as if he may be losing his grip on this team.
Greg
St. Louis, MO

I don't think he has lost his grip on the team, but I do have some reactions to the foul. The idea that Roy Willimas left Tyler in too long is crazy. He had a sub at the table and with an 8-10 point lead in the final minute. Very few coaches would feel comfortable. Just remember the Blue Devils comeback a few years ago at MD. Second, don't blame Tyler because no one blocked him out on the missed FT, and his natural instinct grabbing that rebound eight feet from the basket was to attack the rim. A PH may have kicked it back out, because that is what he is trained to do. Thirdly, while by all account Henderson is a great kid, the replay clearly shows that he led with his elbow. I'm positive he didn't mean to draw blood, but to foul hard. The officials correctly called the elbow a combative act, which falls under the fighting definition. The suspension was fair, warranted, and appropirate, and now it is time to move on. Hopefully this incident won't stain this great rivalry.
Fran Fraschilla

From Andy Katz's Monday chat:
What do you make of the Gerald Henderson flying elbow? It looked pretty malicious to me and I think the punishment was appropriate.
Charlie
Chicago, IL

It looked like an intended hard foul. I don't believe he meant to break his nose. But the punishment is appropriate. There will be no further penalty from the ACC or Duke.
Andy Katz

With reguards to Henderson's punching Hansborough.. Did no one else see where the ball was when Henderson STARTED his downswing to "block" it.. The ball was about 5 feet away in the hands of a Duke player! And you and Coach K are saying that its not intentionial? Not swinging his arm at Hansborough's FACE would have been not intenionial.
Chris
Chapel Hill, NC

No. What I said was I don't think he intended to hurt him. I did say I thought he intended to deliver a hard foul. That's my take. I'm not apologizing for him. I wouldn't have a problem if Henderson was suspended for the next game at UNC. But I understand why they left it as is.
Andy Katz