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him say was that he doesn't believe women reporters should be allowed in men's locker rooms - a quaint and admittedly outdated notion that speaks to a generation that came of age when modesty between the genders still counted for something.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.


  1. When Henrik Sedin has played 2,632 consecutive games then he can be called Iron Man.

  2. Good morning, Ted. I was anxiously awaiting to see the news clip of Cherry's comment(s) and how he said them, and I personally don't think he said anything wrong...and I get the sense that he actually took the time to choose his words and tone to make it non-offensive. For all the crap that this guy dishes out, he also gets lots of it slung his way, and that includes me. The difference is Cherry is a public figure and I am not. I can say stuff about him, whether or not he is an ass, but he hasn't the same opportunity to get back at me... As a member of a female hockey league, we are the minority in the arena, and those powers that be who schedule games treat us like part of the big machine. Our changing rooms share a stinky bathroom with men on the other side of the door, and we sometimes catch a few naked males as well as the guys catch us sometimes...none of it disrespectfully...we are uncomfortable sometimes, so I can see where Cherry is coming from. I wouldn't feel comfortable going into a men's changing room as much as I would want a male reporter in our changing room. Heck, one of the gal's husband knocks before he can come in to lace up her skates nice and tight... What I am very upset about is that ignorant hockey player's comments about her question and insinuating that she knows nothing and should be a ref or a player to even understand the game. He's the one that should be on the hot plate, not Cherry.
    Don Cherry is a man you either love or hate. I love him because he's so brazenly opinionated, full of himself and not shy to tell everyone. What nobody gives him credit for is that he's brave enough to speak his mind AND stand behind his words. Ya,'re an ass sometimes, but I love you for it. Coach's Corner is a segment that I thoroughly enjoy.

  3. Nicely done, Ted. It seems hard for people to understand that entertainers are actually just other people who, when work is done, take off the costume and makeup, and go home to face the chores of living like everybody else. In sports, entertainment and politics especially, people choose sides and take it personally against the players when they don't agree. If they sat down with many (not all) of these people at their kitchen table, they'd likely have a better understanding that they're just folks like them.