ESPN conducted a poll of a panel of experts to determine the toughest sport of all. The panel concluded that boxing was the sport that demanded the most of its participants across ten measures from endurance to speed to durability.*
Ice hockey came in second. But hockey came in first in analytic aptitude, defined as "the ability to evaluate and react appropriately to strategic situations. Example: Joe Montana reading a defense; basketball point guard on a fast break." So the next time some snooty "hockey is a sport played by and for goons" swell comes by turning his nose up at those who play and follow the fastest team sport on earth, remind him . . .
. . . yeah, and we're the smartest, too.
* Thanks to Kolzig37 on The Official for pointing the way.