Daniel Kligerman

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Don Cherry is an Entertainer

In case you missed it, Don Cherry wasted no time in offending three former NHL enforcers during his first appearance of the season. Cherry referred to them using colourful language (for prime-time, kid-watched TV), and said directly that the former players were hypocrites for making their careers as enforcers, and then blaming the fighting for their current mental and physical health issues. The players in question all said how offended they were, and are looking into legal action.

Ultimately, what this comes down to is that Don Cherry is an entertainer, and nothing more. He will say whatever he needs to say to draw attention to himself, because that’s what increases his ratings. Cherry has no motivation to be balanced, or to apologize, or even to be rational: expecting him to be or do any of these things is only causing people much frustration.

That is not to say that Cherry should not be held accountable for making false, potentially slanderous statements–he should. Especially if holding him to account ends up limiting his ability to speak further on this topic, since that is really the only thing that will hit him where it counts.

Ironically, the fact that Cherry is an entertainer parallels the enforcer’s reason for existence in the first place: fighting in hockey only exists because NHL hockey is, above all else, entertainment. Those who argue that fighting adds to the sport itself are kidding themselves; if that was the case, why is Olympic or World Junior hockey so great? So in the end, what we are dealing with here are a bunch of entertainers being offended by another entertainer. Yes, one is wrong and the others are right, but seeing them in that context makes them much less about the sport of hockey, and more of a side show to the side show.

CBC Radio 3

For anyone looking for a source of new, Canadian music to listen to, CBC Radio 3 is fantastic. They have a massive and ever-growing collection of new and emerging Canadian artists’ work, and there are no fewer than 16 podcasts, many of them weekly, that showcase some of the best.

I’ve been listening to the main weekly podcast recently, and there are few tracks I don’t at least enjoy, and many of them I would love to add to my collection. And besides, supporting our local indie music scene is always a good thing, right? So check it out.

MediaLounge

New gadget report: We have added a D-Link MediaLounge to our home theater.

24 & Work-Life Balance

A friend loaned me his DVDs of the TV series “24”, which I had never previously watched.

Goodbye Corddry

We are experiencing the results of hurricane Ernesto, which means lots of rain. The lawn will be green, at least. Luckily there were no outdoor plans for us anyways.

Rob Corddry has left The Daily Show. We have been regular Daily Show watchers for several years, and it is still consistently hillarious, not to mention informative. Not watching it? You should.

Christopher Reeve

Sad to hear about the passing of Christopher Reeve. Aside from being known for his quintisential portrayal of Superman, Reeve

Neighbours

Walking the dog on a regular basis gets me out into the neighbourhood, and lately I have noticed that I

Stratford

We spent the afternoon and evening on Saturday in Stratford. The town is small but quite nice, with lots of little shops and restaurants. After eating a tasty caramel apple and some very tasty chocolate, we shopped around and bought a few pieces of art for our house, all at reasonable prices. Four small pictures for the kitchen are of fat French chefs, and one for the living room is a print of the hebrew blessing said when you are called up to the Torah. All add a nice touch of personality to the house.

In the evening we saw Macbeth, which was excellent.

First Aid

Over two days last week at work, I took a first aid course offered by Saint John Ambulance. I

New York Cafe

This morning we went for breakfast at the New York Cafe, right around the corner from our place. It

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