Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Enough is enough

What's your favourite NHL team?  How many of its players have missed games with "concussion-like symptoms" this season?  You know what concussion-like symptoms are?  A concussion. 

More and more it seems that players are going down with broken brains.  And even with Brendan Shanahan's new "stricter" rules for hitting players are still folding faster than Superman on laundry day.  It's time the NHL opened its old, bleary eyes and saw the truth:  the equipment is the problem with all the concussions.  But they don't want to admit that.  For what reason I don't know.  Maybe its because to do so would be an admittance that Don Cherry was right about something.  Cherry has been lobbying for years to remove the hard plastic from the elbow and shoulder pads, claiming it was the reason for the increase in injuries, specifically concussions. 

When you stop to think about it, it makes sense.  Wayne Gretzky wore almost nothing in the way of equipment, as did most players in those days.  You didn't hear of brain-rattling injuries back then. You wouldn't have had Sidney Crosby back in the line-up for 8 games after 10 months off, only to be out of the line-up again with "concusison-like symptoms", you wouldn't have had James Reimer out of the line-up for 2 months because teeny tiny Brian Gionta ran into him, and you wouldn't have Claude Giroux out for.........wait, his own player ran into him and kneed him in the back of the head?  Well there's nothing can be done about that.

The NHL says concussions are down 30% this season.  But the constant parade of players with head injuries suggests otherwise.

But what do I know?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Holidays?

Very few things in this world bother me more than the phrase "Happy Holidays."  It's almost as though people have forgotten that Canada was founded as a Christian nation.  Not that that aspect really matters to me.  I don't think I could care any less what people believe in (as long as they don't throw it in my face.), but I do care about calling it Christmas for fuck's sake.  And seeing as Canada was founded as a Christian nation, can we please stop saying stupid shit like "Happy Holidays" and "Holiday Tree".  It is a Christmas tree.  It doesn't represent your time off work or your vacation to florida for a week.  It represents a children's fable about a fat guy in red, sliding down the chimney with a serious case of the munchies, looking for cookies and milk and leaving gifts behind when he's been satisfied.  And as he flies away on his sleigh he's been eard to womanize by saying "Ho Ho Ho"

What's my point?  Other countries don't change their traditions to accomodate landed immigrants.  You can't go to Iran and celebrate Christmas and get offended when people don't accomodate your beliefs.  And that's a 3rd world fucking counrty.  Let's keep our cultures and traditions they way they've worked for years.  It seems to have worked for quite some time with very little genocide or civil war. 

But what do I know?