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May 2017

Game 7 trumps a favourite team

May 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

If you love a sport why should it matter what team is playing?

Sure I can understand cheering for a favourite or a great rivalry, but in the end, isn’t it more about the sport not a team?

We all know a hockey fan who would rather cheer for an American team, rather than a Canadian, if there is a rivalry involved.

Okay I get that but certainly wouldn’t go public with it, (like wearing their jersey or mentioning it to a border guard).

But, to not watch a playoff game because you’re favourite team is not playing?

Forget being true fans of the sport, I’m questioning whether they are even Canadian.

The only thing that got our hockey playing kids watching the last playoff game before the finals last night was the hype created by my wife and me.

The kids had no interest because Boston and Chicago (their favourite teams) were out long ago.

Thank goodness there is still one thing in sport that does hold value over the ‘favourite’ or ‘my’ team.

That is ‘game 7’. That woke them up!

To the next round!

I’m Scott Thompson

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Will terrorism unite the rest of us?

May 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

You’re not going to let you’re your daughter go to that upcoming concert, the grandmother urges the mother.

This after realizing her granddaughter had attended an Ariana Grande concert last year, similar to the one in Manchester that has made news.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3470551/salman-abedi-manchester-attack-what-we-know/

The knee jerk reaction is to keep everyone safe at home, especially our kids.

That discussion has played out in millions of homes around the world in the shadow of what happened in Manchester at a pop show filled with innocent teenagers, some even younger.

You know what happened next.

No, we cannot react with fear and play into terrorists agenda but how is one to act when our most precious resource (our kids) are treated like waist.

If we can realistically win this war on terror, what will be the tipping point that concludes enough is enough, and unties the rest of the world with a common solution?

If not this tragedy, than what? Syria?

As well as the 22 that lost their lives, and so many more that were injured, think of how many young minds will be scared for life as a result of this primitive terrorist attack.

Then there are the grandmothers here who don’t want their grand kids to go out to a concert ever again, anywhere.

The ripple of terrorism affects us all, we need a solution that does the same.

 

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Happy May 2-4, eh?

May 19, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Ah the May 2-4 weekend, aka Victoria Day.

The name is as unique as the country.

Where else do they describe a holiday weekend by drawing a comparison to a case of beer?

The day is to mark the birth of Queen Victoria born on May 24th 1819 at Kensington Palace, UK.

It is celebrated here and in Scotland on the 3rd Monday preceding May 25th.

But more importantly it signifies the unofficial start of summer in Canada.

After a winter of cold cabin fever it is when we shed a layer of clothing and rediscover the great outdoors.

When watching playoff hockey moves out to the backyard, patio, porch, cottage or pool deck.

Some years only to quickly retreat in a swarm of black flies, mosquitoes, freezing rain or snow.

The Victoria Day weekend is as Canadian as back bacon, beaver tails, and winter BBQ’s.

Have a safe one.

To the Queen!

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