Mar 5 – It’s crispy out there! Again. I think yesterday’s “warmer” temperatures were just so that we would really feel the cold when we got whacked again today. Someone other than me has a cruel sense of humour.
This Day in History – When you get bored, it can be fun (at least for me) to run a quick check on “This Day in History” to see what good bad or indifferent happened on this date. There are lots of web sites where you can find this info, but one I like is http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history .
Content covers many fronts and as an example two of today’s memory lane items:
On this day in 1963, another day that will live in infamy, the “Hula-Hoop” was patented by the “Whamo” boys, also the patent owners of the Frisbee and the Hackie Sack. I had the talent to be a Hula – Hoop pro but unfortunately the fad was too short lived!
AND – a favourite of mine:
On this day in 1966, Sgt. Barry Sadler made #1 on the Hit Parade with this song! What was it? –Easy “The Ballad of the Green Berets”.
A classic John Wayne movie that depicted a lot of the “not so nice” aspects of the Vietnam War. For some reason I would have guessed this was 1969 the summer I spent in California with the “The War” a hot topic from the perspective and presence the Flower People against it, the “reluctant” military, the gung-hp GI Joe types and a very visible and let’s say “challenged” group of returning veterans who had had a very difficult time. I have memories of that summer that will live forever.
Enough Already – I don’t believe fans want apologies or continuous messaging about how things take time and to be patient. I believe they want to see change and results. I don’t know the answer to the question so I guess it is rhetorical but how many times in the past 10 years have management come out and publicly “apologized” for the performance of Toronto’s professional sport teams or dragged out the old “it takes time, be patient, we’re on it” story. The first time, (I think it was the Raptors) it was not a bad PR stunt and heat deflector. Now it seems like an annual right of passage for at least one of the groups of local yokels.
While the current letter to Leafs season ticket holders is not an apology per se, it clearly is in the “it takes time, be patient” camp. The sop thrown in about not raising ticket prices is a joke. Leaf tickets are among the most expensive in the NHL if not the most expensive (probably were until the C$ tanked), so how could they in good conscience try to rationalize any increase. Especially based on on-ice performance and a solid expectation that the team is going to miss the play-offs for the 9th time in the last 10 years. Give me a break. Time to get that 2nd team in Toronto and see what happens when they have to really compete with someone for those entertainment dollars.
Playdowns – Another series decided and not to local preferences. The Bantam A (Blue) squad had a good run but came up against a very tough Welland team in the Semis and bowed out 0-3. This marks the half way point for the six semi-final series involving local teams and of the 3 series two go into the win column and one not. Three more to go – Peewee AA, Minor Peewee AE and Atom A (White). All of them look tough for the local guys. Good luck.