Posts Tagged ‘Don Cherry’


October 9, 2011

The NHL is going through a very bad  patch.  It’s best player, crosby,  is suffering from concussion.   Three players are dead, two suicides.  There is a groundswell to cut back on fighting in the NHL to avoid further serious injuries.

All are in favour of fewer injuries  it would seem, except Don Cherry, the thug in CBC’s Coaches Corner.  In a rant last week, Cherry singled out  three former players calling them  ” a bunch of pukes” because they publicly suggested those who fight in the NHL are more likely to turn to substance abuse.

Retired forward, Stu grimson, says Cherry went too far this time.  “He’s edging ever closer to the line …. and I think there will come a point when he steps over the line and the CBC decides it’s time to shut the senile old uncle down..”

Frankly, I  don’t think the CBC brass have the guts to shut cherry down.  Besides his program, despite the rants, is a money-maker.

Should the CBC shut down Don C herry?

What do you think?


February 28, 2011

A new poll just out says 54 per cent of Canadians want an outright ban on fighting in the NHL.  Sixty-eight per cent say violence is not an inherent part of the game.  However 60 per cent of young Canadians (18-34) are against a ban and nearly half of younger Canadians say fighting is an important part of hockey.   Older Canadians want a ban.

A majority also want stronger penalties for roughness resulting in injury.  Sydney Crosby, by far the best hockey player in the world, is out with a a concussion.

These results generally fly in the face of bullies like Don Cherry who want hockey players to mix it up with their fists.

Should fighting in the NHL be banned?

What do you think?


July 6, 2008

Even before the dust has settled on Dr. Morgentaler’s controversial nomination to the Order of Canada, the drums have started to beat for another divisive public figure. I speak of Don Cherry who is lauded for the Order by Rex Murphy in today’s Globe and Mail.

Murphy doesn’t mince words. He says Cherry is the most glaring omission on the long list of those who have so far been culled from the Order of Canada.

Murphy goes on “….it is a strange Canada that, year after year, lets this living emblem of our emblematic game wander into the twilight of his life without an official wave toward the consequences, toward his (largely unheralded) manifold charities, his truly first-class support of our military during a time of war, and toward the real affection that millions of Canadians hold for him…. He has brought more smiles to young faces than the invention of ice cream and bubble gum combined.”

Murphy concludes with a strong petition: “…. how can the Governor-General and those who advise her hold from his eloquent neck an honour that he has long since earned tenfold over and then some. Please, do the right thing. Soon.”

Well, folks, count me out. I belong to that large group of Canadians who consider Cherry an ignorant narcissistic boor. We remember how Cherry dubs those players who wear helmets, cowards. How he smears European players. And how he insults French-Canadians. (In that last regard, he reminds me of Conn Smythe.)

Do we really want colour-coated, high-collared buffoon in the Order of Canada?

I say No.

What do you say?