Tuesday, February 19, 2008
A Hockey Interlude
Don Cherry is a Canadian icon and I guess a sort of institution. He comments during break between first and second periods of hockey games on the CBC. In a weird way...Don Cherry is kind of like Stephen Colbert. Colbert plays the role of right wing Republican extraodinaire. Don Cherry plays the role of "Archie Bunker" only...is it a role? He is pretty much serious and for hockey fans he is the bridge between the
"old boys club" and the Canada of today that we know and love. Don Cherry is like every guy who is pissed off about affirmative action, "women drivers", and pop music. Don Cherry is almost like a big doll that Canada brings out and he represents the reluctance of older generations to change and he allows the younger generation to be reminded of how the world used to be.
Like Don Cherry, hockey has had to transform to meet the values and ethics we believe in in Canada...sure most fans of the game understand why there is so much fighting in hockey...and we even think it is justified...but we also want the players to attempt restraint...and good gameship is tied to how we see our society.
The puck over-the-glass penalty drives Grapes (nickname for Don Cherry) crazy. We know because he complains about it constantly in the playoffs.
The delay of game penalty, caused when a defender in his own end flips the puck over the glass as he's attempting to clear the zone, came into play after the lockout in 2005-06. from here
Don Cherry meets a gay man...