February 2015

Forget the players, trade the fans....

Feb 12, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I remember being a little boy and sitting with my Dad to watch Hockey Night in Canada on a Saturday night.

Inevitably the night would end up with my Dad throwing his slipper at the TV in disgust over the Leafs play. Not much has changed over the decades.

Forget trading players, firing coaches, or even replacing front office staff.

The problem is not on the ice, it’s in the stands.

The problem is not the team, it’s the fans.

Compare a Team Canada game at the ACC to a Leaf game, it’s night and day.

You want to see the Leafs win?

For one Saturday night wipe the fan slate clean.

Allow no season’s ticket holders to attend, just walk up fans who never get to go.

Scrap traditional corporate boxes and fill them with community groups or companies that never get in.

I guarantee the dump will go from sleepy country club to a hockey hungry frat party overnight.

Who wants to play before a hoity toity group that would rather spend their time under the stands then in them?

Forget the players, it’s time to trade the fans!

I’m Scott Thompson.




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It's about honesty, not news.

Feb 11, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The Associated Press revealed NBC TV is suspending Brian Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

NBC said that Williams's actions were inexcusable and jeopardized the trust he has built up with viewers during his decade as the network's lead anchor.

But also added Williams deserved a second chance.

Williams apologized last week for saying he was in a helicopter that was hit by a grenade while covering the Iraq War in 2003.

Instead, he was in a group of helicopters and another was hit, and some veterans involved in the mission called him out on it.

Lots will debate whether the media goes too far to entertain instead of delivering the news.

A news anchors job is to report the news and accuracy is everything.

Embellishing it to include yourself is out of the question, that’s the job of us commentators and pundits.

However I believe this is less a news issue and more an issue of honesty.

In the end, you can’t mislead the customer, whatever your occupation.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Experience vs. stuff

Feb 10, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After 15 years and 2 kids in the same house, as a family, we really don’t need any more stuff.

The truth is, the more space your have, the more stuff you will accumulate.

Plus, as I enjoy middle age, I have come to appreciate what is truly important in life.

Health, hope and happiness, or what very your mantra is.

This Christmas my wife and I decided we were going to give more experience, and less stuff.

This past weekend we enjoyed that present and took the kids skiing for their second time.

An experience I know they’ll never forget, simply because, they had our full alltention.

Whatever your passion is, whatever draws you’re family together, you should run towards it like a moth to a light.

Because, like high school, it too will pass too soon.

Something to ponder as Family Day approaches.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Vaccinations? Let's go with science.

Feb 6, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

I remember when our kids were born 7 and 12 years ago there was lots of talk about whether we should get them vaccinated or not.

It was never really a decision because after we talked to our doctor the pros far outweighed the cons.

Also Ontario schools will not let your kid in unless you jump through hoops to prove why they shouldn’t be vaccinated, mostly for religious reasons.

I remember actress Jenny McCarthy doing the talk show circuit screaming that vaccinations were giving kids autism.

She quoted one study which has since been proven incorrect and has even been withdrawn from the original authors.

Despite several others that have proven no link between vaccinations and autism the story was enough to convince some parents not to vaccinate.

We are now seeing the results of that neglect with recent surge in measles outbreak.

Can we now go back to listening to science instead of antidotal evidence found on the internet or delivered by celebrities?

As a matter of fact, we may have a lot less problems in the world if we just listened to science more often.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Please, no touching in hockey!

Feb 5, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The email from the convenor of the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association reads,

“On bench behaviour – under no circumstances should there be contact with the players, in any way.  Putting hands on shoulders, slapping butts, tapping them on the helmet, NOTHING, and this can make some of the girls uncomfortable and you won’t know which ones, so no contact, period.”

In our attempt to stop sexual assault, we have banned touching.

This suggests that all touching leads to sexual misconduct.

This is certainly not the case and quite the opposite.

Experts will tell you, touching is part of normal human behaviour and is essential to growth.

I can see the ‘no slapping of butts’ rule for the girls, but to eliminate a pat on the helmet when a player is celebrating a goal, is nuts.

The sad part is, this is being done not for the benefit of the girls, but to avoid a legal dust up.

They are not afraid of offending the girls, they’re afraid of a lawsuit.

When is this insane lawyer driven political correctness going to end?

Hopefully before we have eliminated all human contact from the face of the earth.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Wynne wants change, but no beer in convenience stores

Feb 4, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Premier Wynne has clarified that she will not be allowing the sale of beer in convenience stores.

Even though it is already sold in over 200 convenience stores as agency LCBO’s.

It wasn’t that long ago the Wynne Liberals, in desperate need for cash, just realized the Beer Store’s archaic model wasn’t doing much for Ontarians.

She hired a banker to find ways to make more money off the monopoly but obviously will stop short of what Ontarians really want, more competition, choice, and value.

The Beer Store is already running scared offering the Craft Brewers a piece of their pie but the little guys aren’t biting, or even sipping.

You may have also noticed the ad campaign telling us, little more than, how great the Beer Store thinks it is for us.

In the end we may get more craft beer choices and the chance to buy 12’s and 24s at the LCBO, but really, what’s the big deal?

It will hardly be a freeing of the shackles from your great grand daddies Ontario.

No.  You’ll still have to drive to one store than across the block, town or even parking lot, to visit the other store.

What a waste of energy.

This exercise is turning into more of an extra light beer, than a hearty stout.

But then that is what we have come to expect from this government.

I’m Scott Thompson.


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A snowy tale!

Feb 3, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

On snowy Superbowl Sunday night I was meeting with my neighbours at the end of our driveways all trying to get one more round of shovelling in before midnight.

Little did I know I would be seeing them all again only a few short hours later digging out again.

Around 6:30 am I heard the sound of a car engine revving over and over again.

I stumbled to the window peering out to see my neighbour from across the street in the darkness trying to get his car out of my driveway.

It seems he figured since he was starting in the garage and could get a run at it, he would be fine.

Only issue was making that hard left to get onto the street.

Which is how he ended up in my driveway. 

That and the fact the snow was so deep you couldn’t tell where the street was and wasn’t.

So the first order was to dig his car out and a path across the road and back up into his drive way.

Then do that for every neighbour until everyone stops trying and stays home.

But I did earn a bottle of wine and craft beer for being a good neighbour and having a snow blower!

You got to love Canada!

I’m Scott Thompson.


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Feb 2, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

At the end of the day the Superbowl is just like any another end of season contest in professional sports.

What makes the Superbowl unique is the hype and festivities before, during and after the event.

This year it was deflated balls and a player who refused to talk to the media but by doing so drew more media attention to himself because he had nothing to say.

It was almost like watching wrestling!

And the walk from the bus to the stadium dressing room.

It was like watching the stars arrives for the Oscars on the red carpet, not including the headphones!

Then add in the half time show with Katy Perry.

A show, within a show, almost as big as the show itself.

Was there a Cheetos eating dirty old man in the crowd that thought now would be the perfect time for a wardrobe malfunction!?

In the end it did matter because the game was actually close and entertaining.

I thought that only happened in the CFL…!

Great news is,,,,,NASCAR starts in a few weeks!

I’m Scott Thompson .


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January 2015

We need a transit plan for all of Hamilton

Jan 30, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Environment Hamilton was so disillusioned when city council scrapped its bus only lane experiment rather than trying to fix it, they wanted to find a way to keep the discussion going.

I think they have.

They introduced their ‘Throw a councillor on the bus’ campaign.

The aim is to get all city councillors to ride a bus to work each day for a week.

They feel that would better qualify them to make important decisions when it comes to the future of rapid transit.

Many studies have been done and yet the majority of Hamiltonians say they weren’t asked their opinion.

More importantly the people who use the service, the passengers, also feel left out of the process.

It kind of makes you ask how we got to this stage.

What is crystal clear is, this issue is resonating with voters, and dividing the city.

Ww need a plan that includes transit throughout the city, upper and lower, if any of this is going to fly.

The only people who benefit from a divided city are the councillors who hide behind it.

Which is why it is time for a plan for all of Hamilton.

I’m Scott Thompson.





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How do we prevent 'stadium' mistakes on 'transit'?

Jan 29, 2015 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

It’s amazing how the premier reaffirming her commitment to Hamilton’s rapid transit system is giving city council a chance to hit the reset button on the file, and their brains.

The usual councillors are rising from the ashes again saying we must consult with the people now that we have a commitment from the government.

(Many are still unsure of what we now have?)

Citizen’s panels, consultations; what’s all this public opinion talk?

Don’t get me wrong public speak is essential but shouldn’t we have consulted with the people before we picked an East/West LRT line, council voted on it, and went to government to ask them to pay for it?

Now that the money may be closer than ever, we have a city deeply divided on LRT, a divided council that killed a bus lane and a public that is lacking confidence due the way it has been all handled to date.

Some will blame the last Mayor, he did send mixed messages.

But excluding Mayor Fred Eisenberger and a few new young exciting council members it’s the same old fart show. Majority still rules.

Wynne’s transit promises could be another big windfall for Hamilton, just like the stadium was, if they survive that long.

My fear is once again we won’t get maximum return for our investment due to poor council leadership, just like the stadium.

How do we make sure that doesn’t happen, and Hamilton gets what it deserves?

I’m Scott Thompson.


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