I haven't been a regular viewer of Hockey Night in Canada for a long time.
The thuggish goons, the concussion casualties, the grotesque Don Cherry, as well as the sad fact that a Canadian team hasn't won the Stanley Cup for more than twenty years, having gradually turned me off the game.
So I didn't watch the new Rogers version of the show with George Stroumboulopolos the other night.
But after reading what happened on the broadcast, I think I can safely say that I will NEVER watch Hockey Night in Canada again.
The George Stroumboulopoulos era has officially begun. Stroumboulopoulos debuted as the host of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, anchoring Sportsnet’s new interpretation of the venerable TV franchise in spite of the apparent displeasure of long-time host Ron MacLean and partner Don Cherry.
Because while I definitely would have enjoyed this:
At the start of Saturday’s Coach’s Corner segment Cherry asked how much time he had to get through his list of topics. “I only got five minutes, eh? This is what you call phasing a guy out, you know what I mean?” said Cherry. “At least you’re still in the phasing part,” replied MacLean. “Yeah, yeah, you’re phased out,” said Cherry.
For obvious reasons...
This would have made me VOMIT:
The highlight of the pre-game show, however, was a pre-taped interview between Stroumboulopoulos and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pair sat on a couch at 24 Sussex, discussing Harper’s hockey fandom, how well his kids play the game and the 21-year Stanley Cup drought affecting all seven of Canada’s NHL teams.
And in fact, after watching this excerpt on Stephen Harper's tax payer funded propaganda show 24/Seven, it very nearly did...
Because if that was a "highlight" I shudder to imagine what a lowlight might look like eh?
And that excerpt didn't even include the clip where Great
“I have the advantage that in this position you can pretty well command your audience,” said Harper. “So when they were putting together Team Canada for the Sochi Olympics I had the management of the team come here and explain how they were going to make their picks.”
Because that's the absolute limit. Who does he think he is commanding an audience? Where did he ever get the idea he is a hockey expert just because he wrote a boring book?
And what new image is THIS?
The producers should have known that he is in full campaign mode. That they were only handing him another golden photo-op, or more material for his massive propaganda machine.
So he can use it to wage war on the opposition parties, and most Canadians who DESPISE him and his government. And who now hate Rogers as well, if they didn't already.
And Strombo, who I know on good authority is a really nice guy, should have known better than to give that monster such a cozy platform, after all the damage he has done to the CBC...
The battered old institution that made George a star.
Oh well. You know, I sometimes miss the time when on a Saturday night all my friends knew that I would not start partying the night away with them in the wild and wicked streets of downtown Montreal, until AFTER the Canadien's game was over.
I felt then that it was a really Canadian experience, a unifying one, that drew me closer to hockey fans all over the country, even the supporters of the despised Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was a moment we all shared.
But Canada is a different country today. After almost nine years of Stephen Harper's brutish rule, it's a meaner place, a divided nation, a place where hope goes to die.
I've been reduced to hoping that even the Leafs win the Stanley Cup, if the Canadiens can't. Any team but an American one. How desperate is THAT ???
And when I see Stephen Harper posing as an expert on hockey, or a jock, I feel like this Globe commenter does:
Harper can't even skate a lick. You will never see him on skates. He has only a rehearsed knowledge of the game pre-scripted for controlled photo ops. His foreign republican TFW advisor Frank Luntz told him to attach himself Canadian icons like hockey to appear to be one of us.
This waddling anti-Canadian freak is more involved with his lipstick, rouge and hair spray than Hockey. Stop falling for this complete and utter fraud and embarrassment and the usual suspects promoting this swindle for campaign purposes....He's playing you for a chump.
And the good news?
This beastly act is almost over...
His claim to be a hockey "expert" will be exposed like all his other fraudulent claims.
And as a bonus, a big bonus.
This ghastly cabaret act is also drawing to a close...
Play it again Don. One last time.
And since only a Canadian could laugh at that frightening spectacle, it proves that hockey still has some power to unite us.
And the best news of all? Canada is STILL a beautiful country.
As this picture of fall in the Muskokas which was put out yesterday by the Hudson's Bay company to celebrate Thanksgiving Day only proves again...
Even if that iconic Canadian company is now owned by the Americans.
But what we can say for sure is that this country will be even MORE beautiful after we defeat Stephen Harper and foul Con regime. After we check, slash, and elbow them from power, and give them a concussion that will hopefully last for YEARS.
So let's give thanks for that eh?
And let me take the opportunity to thank you my readers for following my humble but hopeful journey towards that blessed day, when we will be free again.
And for supporting me so much. You're the BEST.
We will get there together.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody !!!!!
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