Plenty of things have happened since I last wrote a sports column, so here it goes.
The Me Too Movement has skated into the hockey world and the revelations could be numerous in the coming weeks.
The Calgary Flames gave former head coach Bill Peters a chance to go quietly into the night but I don’t imagine he’ll be hired by any other NHL team soon or ever.
What you said 10 or even 20 years ago can hurt you in today’s politically correct environment.
Jason Maas getting fired as Edmonton Eskimos head coach didn’t surprise me. It was just a matter of time.
The Eskimos penalty numbers were not decreasing and this was a reflection of their coach who often threw various displays of pique on the sidelines. Misplaced demeanor by your coach will often rub off on you, either consciously or unconsciously.
The Rick Campbell derby was won by the B.C. Lions, who official signed the former Ottawa Redblacks head coach on Dec. 2.
Campbell replaces DeVone Claybrooks, the first year head coach, who just couldn’t work any magic in B.C., even with the best quarterback in the CFL. The Redblacks advanced to the Grey Cup Final in three of Campbell’s four seasons at Ottawa, winning the cup in 2016.
- I actually won a door prize at the Nov. 30 Edson Aeros game – a free kid’s lunch at A&W. Seeing that I don’t have a child living at home I gave it away to the first youngster I saw, a little girl. I hope she enjoyed the pre-Christmas gift.
- I still think Sportsnet’s firing of Don Cherry on Remembrance Day stunk. They could have had the decency to fire him on Tuesday. That really stabbed at his heart I’m sure.
- Regarding newcomers to the country, my wife brought up a good point, when parents new to Canada look at the high price of hockey: equipment, registration and ice fees, it’s no wonder they choose soccer, basketball or baseball as alternatives. For soccer, equipment cost is minimal, and nine chances out of 10 they probably would have come from a country where soccer or football as they say overseas is the first game or the only game they’ve ever known.
- The Montreal Canadiens, as of last week, were reeling. Eight losses in a row, the most since the early 1940s until their win over the Islanders. Yikes. Changes will have to be made and it makes you wonder whether the Canadiens will consider the acquisition of Taylor Hall. But they’ll probably end up firing head coach Claude Julien. I mean, that’s always the easiest thing to do, right?