Monday, April 29, 2013
Anti-Cherry outrage more tiresome than Cherry
Did I miss something on Coach's Corner Saturday night? Did Don Cherry say that women should go back to making babies, knitting sweaters and baking pies? What I heard him say was that he doesn't believe women reporters should be allowed in men's locker rooms - a quaint and admittedly outdated notion that speaks to a generation that came of age when modesty between the genders still counted for something. The visceral reaction from both mainstream and social media commentators was completely out of proportion to what Cherry said, and that he was the number one trending topic on Twitter inside of five minutes flies in the face of his detractors' claims that Cherry is no longer relevant. They're the ones who make him relevant, by hanging on his every word and hoping beyond hope that he'll say something sufficiently offensive to their politically correct sensibilities that they can wallow unrestrained in their sanctimonious moral outrage. That shallow brand of manufactured piety is a lot more offensive to me than a misguided oldtimer's honest opinion that men and women shouldn't see each other with their bloomers off outside the confines of the marital bedroom...While I understand and appreciate the benefits of the Canadiens winning the Northeast division, opening the playoffs against Ottawa seems like a consolation prize after all the build-up towards a potential first round encounter with Toronto. Besides the marquee appeal of a series between hockey's most storied rivals, there was a rebirth of genuine antipathy between the Leafs and Habs this season, and it was building to a hostile crescendo just in time for the playoffs...You can say Vancouver's Henrik Sedin has a consecutive games played streak, but don't call it an ironman streak. Iron Man doesn't play one 22 second shift and then call it a night just to pad a personal statistic. That would be Tin Man, and we all know his deal.