William Houston of the Globe and Mail has a very funny but all-too scary article on Don Cherry's antics during last Saturday's Coaches Corner on HNIC.
In just 5 minutes, Cherry was putting the flamethrower to Native Canadians, David Suzuki and environmental activist Andrew Ference in a rant that would make even Bill O'Reilly of Fox News blush.
"They struggled on, showing clips from a game between the Penguins and Boston Bruins. Cherry then referred to "a left winger" on the Bruins as "Dr. Suzuki."
The player in question was Andrew Ference, who initiated an environmental program for the Bruins and spends his off-seasons working with children in developing countries. Hockey Night ran a feature on Ference on Dec. 15.
Ference is a defencemen, but in the context of Cherry's politics and ideology, he's a left winger in the mould of famed Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki.
"That was sickening last week by the way," Cherry said of the Ference feature.
"What?" MacLean said. "What is going on with you here?"
"What is this stuff?" Cherry asked. "It's Hockey Night in Canada. And we're talking about saving the world and all that stuff. Let's talk about hockey."
Of course, Cherry talks about subjects unrelated to hockey all the time: fallen police officers, firefighters, members of the military.
At the start of Saturday's segment, he reminded viewers of the real meaning of Christmas: the birth of "baby Jesus. "
Now, I actually find Cherry to be amusing most of the time but he crossed the line by trying to denigrate a player who has the audacity to be an environmentalist.
So let's get this straight. Don Cherry over the years has now insulted the following people:
Players who are environmentalists
Players who wear visors
So who hasn't he insulted?
Who will the Cherry hammer fall on next?
If you are white, vote Conservative and are a Christian, you're probably safe.
If not, run for cover.
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