In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 24: A familiar script to this horror movie

Have you ever watched a really great horror movie that shocked and scared you out of your wits? If you were to watched it again, it would still be scary, but a little less so. And if you watched it a third or fourth or fifth time, the shock would have pretty much worn off. ...

Bill Longstaff: NHL is worried about global warming—listen up, Mr. Harper

Surprising perhaps, but the National Hockey League now produces a sustainability report. And it’s worried about global warming. According to League Commissioner Gary Bettman, “Our sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater ponds, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages ...

Trashy's World: Russia invades Ukraine? Yup, going to happen…

.. it’s now not “if” but when. As reported here, Russian troops are massing at key points along Ukraine’s border. There will be a swift attack, territory will be secured and lives will be lost. Another human tragedy caused by greed. Then Putin will turn to the West and say: “so, what are ya gonna ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Hockey on the Side: Shocker, great teams get great stats

I’ve had some fun slipping the occasional non-politics related post into this politics blog like some of my old piano recordings or the newer Tech on the Side series. Covering politics and politics only doesn’t always do good things for my blood pressure, and so here goes for the inaugural Hockey on the Side. Besides, the emphasis ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Jesse Ventura Is On Our Side On Racist Team Names

More support for changing the name of the NFL team in Washington comes from Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Yesterday, I wrote about how incredibly easy it would be to change the racist name of any kind of team. It’s really not that hard. Imagine the reverse, though. Imagine changing the Vancouver “Canucks” to the Vancouver ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The NHL Gladiator Pimps

Risking player’s brain trauma for profit makes the NHL a gladiator pimp organization. At some point, as estimates continue to roll in, the NHL accountants and lawyers will realize that reducing concussion risk in the NHL will make the league more profitable. The NHLPA needs to do a better job advocating for the health of ...

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-NHL star Georges Laraque seeks Bourassa riding for May’s Greens

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad: Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC) Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa. Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal ...

Trashy's World: B-Bye, Alfie….

… hope Sen fans give you an honourable reception when you return to the Scotiabank Place, er, Corel Centre, errrr, Canadian Tire Centre… or whatever they are calling that place out in the boonies these days! (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: My team

I am part of Leaf Nation, and proud. (3) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Montreal Simon: Hockey Night in Harperland

A couple of my friends came over this evening to watch the Habs-Leafs game on my big screen TV. And they were surprised to find out that I hadn't been planning to watch it, until they turned up.And that I wasn't the least bit excited that the season had finally started.Read more »

Death By Trolley: Reasons I hate hockey

Aesthetics. What is beautiful? What defines beauty, quality and goodness? What distinguishes different levels of quality? For example, why are Oasis’ Wonderwall or Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit iconic songs of an era, whereas Swirl 360′s Hey Now Now fell out of our collective consciousness in months? These questions teeter on the edge of intractability. ...

Trashy's World: So the billionaires and millionaires…

…at the NHL and NHLPA have figured out how to the split the billions and millions. And it took these bozos months to come to an agreement. Months of no work for thousands of people who don’t make billions or millions and who relied on their minimum or slightly more than minimum wage to support their ...

Trashy's World: The NHL?

Call the code. (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Things that I won’t bitch about again…

… until I’m 50. Really. From the Ontario government website: Whether on a city street, highway or county road, and regardless of the speed limit and the number of lanes, motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing. A flashing stop arm will swing ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Edmonton Arena – The Katz Method:Socialize the Risk and Privatize the Profit

Edmonton taxpayers are going to be fleeced without affection or mercy by the Katz Group.  This has been in the cards since this atrocious deal was pre-approved last year.  Having done some reading though, we can still pull out of this money trap and it looks as if Katz is giving us the golden ticket ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gullible Hockey Fans – Angry now, demure later.

  Woo!  It is lock out time for the NHL and not a moment to soon.   The great showdown between millionaires is about to begin supported by the gullible hockey fan.  Just take in the love they have for fans as they gouge you for parking, beverages and food.  Oh and ever higher ticket prices, ...

Trashy's World: Definition of greed

….On both sides of the hockey dispute… Here ya go! A picture is worth a thousand words. (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: What to do during the lockout…

Thanks to CBC sports for this… See the bottom middle? That will be me. (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: There would be no talk of…

… an NHL lock-out if the egotistic bonehead Bettman didn’t insist on keeping teams in non-viable markets – (the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes and crippled New York Islanders come to mind) Simple. He is scum. And both the owners and players are scum for letting this happen. Again. There will be fans who, this time, won’t ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

Dead explorer and #ihategarybettman edition! =================================================================================== Every now and then – though rarely – The Head Robot of this fair land does something that I actually agree with.  It hurts to admit it, but yes. It is true. Such is the case with Stevie’s announcement that he is throwing oodles of cash at an expedition ...

Dead Wild Roses: All the F*cks I don’t give about the NHL and the NHLPA

Sadfaced millionaires and sadfaced billionaires are fighting it out right now about how to divide the outrageous plunder made in the National Hockey League. Boo-Frickety-Hoo! The players in the NHL are overpaid.   Chasing a rubber disk around a rink should not be multi-millionaire territory.  I’m thinking important occupations that improve our society should get the ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Challenging Homophobic NHL Fans

Having spent some time recently examining the NHL’s and NHLPA’s collective negligence about headshots, I was inspired to address the homophobia that surrounds hockey fandom last night. Sure the Canucks lost, but before that, someone called them a bunch of faggles in Twitterland. How did that all go down, and what hope is there that ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL)

Before I get into my increasingly radical antipathy towards the NHL and NHLPA and their callous disregard for brain injury risks, I’d like you to spend a few moments watching this gratuitous display of intent to injure at a bantam hockey game in Kelowna last month involving teenagers. It will properly explain what I am ...

wRanter.com: Why I like the CFL, and you should, too

As my beloved Raptors wind down yet another lost season, and with the Leafs mercifully having been put out of their misery a few weeks ago, it’s time to turn my attention to the sports of summer. Here in Toronto, that means Blue Jays baseball – it’s hard not to get excited about a team ...

Trashy's World: How about free tickets?

That would be better than a half-assed corporate letter of mea culpa! I’m sorry… I see what they are trying to do, but like their February swoon, they come up miserably short. Don’t want to even think about hockey until next year.   Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario