Posted 11 months ago

Defending Female Reporters

So, I’m watching hockey on a Saturday for the first time in forever. With the NHL playoffs about the start and my beloved Sabres eliminated again, I wanted to get primed for one of the most anticipated first round match-ups: Montreal vs Toronto.  Of course, since it’s Hockey Night in Canada, the first intermission of the game is highlighted (?) by the latest installment of Coach’s Corner.  Now it’s been years and years since I’ve paid any real attention to what Don Cherry says on his weekly soap box performance. He’s a ratings magnet and that’s pretty much why CBC keeps him around.

His usual blustering is pretty mundane: the linesmen need to drop the puck already, icing is going to kill somebody, Ontario boys are the best.  And he is forever supporting the military, police and fire departments around the country. 

But every now and then he does what the kids call an Epic Fail. In the past he has railed against Europeans, Francophones, and liberal minded people in general. But in tonight’s telecast he decided to air his beliefs on female reporters. Coming to the defense of a player (Duncan Keith) who had a heated (marginally) exchange with a female reporter after a recent loss. Her gender was never really denigrated, instead Keith emphasized the fact that she (like many male reporters) probably doesn’t even play hockey. It was a little blown out of proportion, but everyone had moved on without any hard feelings.

Then Mr. Cherry decides to weight in with the perfect answer - Keep female reporters out of male locker rooms!  Wow. Just Wow.  Look, I’m not surprised that such a thing came out of the mouth of a 79 year old, conservative, old school hockey type. In fact, I would probably be surprised if he espoused any kind of progressive thoughts on any number of subjects. It’s just that I’m surprised that in 2013 that the CBC still endorses and even celebrates this kind of thinking. The CBC employs a considerable number of female reporters and you have to wonder just how they feel about taking this kind of crap from a guy in crazy suits and who makes 10 times what they make.

Many people have already criticized his comments on twitter and in blog posts.  And rightly so. When people say stupid stuff they have to be called on it. Nobody is saying he isn’t entitled to his opinion. Not at all. But he has to be accountable for that opinion, especially if its one that implies that women should be prevented from doing certain types of work, because they’re “Special”.

I’ll admit, Don’s been entertaining to watch over the years. But for me, there have been way to many “What the Hell?” moments and it might be time for him to make a somewhat graceful exit while he still can. Hockey no longer uses black and white telecasts, no longer uses wooden sticks, no longer uses maskless goalies, maybe it no longer has a use for Coach’s Corner.  I certainly don’t miss it when I’m watching games on TSN or Sportsnet.  Just sayin….

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My wife’s version of the #doncherryfail meme

Posted 1 year ago
Admittedly, that is one awesome balloon!

Admittedly, that is one awesome balloon!

(Source: togifs)

Posted 1 year ago
Happy Valentine’s day to my princess!!  Love you honey!!

Happy Valentine’s day to my princess!!  Love you honey!!

Posted 1 year ago

This is from an awesome project by Kacie D. where she illustrated each of the elements of the Periodic Table. All of them are fantastic but I am partial to the rainbow dress on this character.  :)

See the rest here: KcD Studios

Posted 1 year ago
Beautiful first kiss

Beautiful first kiss

Posted 1 year ago

My mother-in-law’s dog. He’s a little strange. lol

Posted 1 year ago

For my beautiful, awesome, sweetheart, wifey.

(I would credit the artist, but I can’t make out the signature)
Borrowed from Facebook and modified slightly.

Posted 1 year ago

geekilicious:

DIY Handpainted Tights Tutorial: Batgirl Edition | by Elise Jimenez

First off I would like to say a belated happy 2013 to everyone! I don’t know about you, but have been pretty lazy for the first few weeks of this new year. I didn’t jump right into any of my resolutions like I normally do. 

Thankfully, my mindless browsing on Pinterest actually did some good and inspired me to come up with my first tutorial of the year! (Posting more on here is definitely on the resolutions list…and a possible revamp could be coming soon!) 

As soon as I saw these beauties, I knew I had to try it…but with my own twist. No hearts and swallows for me. In my mind I could see only bats. 

I wanted to go for a classic Barbara Gordon look so I chose bright purple and yellow for my colors. 

WARNING: This will be time consuming, you may get messy and it requires lots of patience, but it’s totally worth it. 

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I am definitely going to try this!!!!

Posted 1 year ago

Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas in the religious sense, I still enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. This year has been especially festive, since it is our first Xmas since we moved home to Newfoundland after spending 10 years in New Brunswick.  To make it even more special my family went above and beyond and gave me the geekiest Christmas ever!!!!

Posted 1 year ago

My sarcastic little Tommy.