Another Cherry bomb…

Posted: 10/11/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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“You people that are against fighting, you should be ashamed of yourselves,” Cherry had said. “You took advantage of that to make your point on fighting. You should be ashamed of yourself for doing something like that. The ones that I am really disgusted with … are the bunch of pukes that fought before: Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson.

“‘Oh, the reason that they’re drinking, (doing) drugs and (are) alcoholics is because they’re fighting.’ You turncoats. You hypocrites. If there’s one thing I’m not it’s a hypocrite. You guys were fighters, and now you don’t want guys to make the same living you did.”

It might not as bad if Hockey’s “Donald” got his facts straight. Fact is, neither former Duck Stu Grimson or Chris Nilan has ever advocated banning fighting from the game.

In the USA Don Cherry and his segment Coaches Corner would probably be cancelled, similarly to the fate that befell Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus and recently Hank Williams Jr.  for their transgressions. In Canada the law and the remedies available to Grimson, Nilan and Thompson are different. The three former players are exploring their options.

Whenever I see Don Cherry I rewind my watch backward about 50 years.  I played at the tail end of the era when guys cut the palms out of their gloves so they could grab and hold sticks and worse,  pinch the cutaneous nerves in the thigh muscle. Popularly called a “charley horse”  it was not only a common injury but most often intentionally inflicted.

Hockey has come a long way from those days. Unfortunately Don Cherry hasn’t. Worse, both CBC and the NHL make money providing a fossil like Cherry a platform. End of rant.


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