After sleeping on it, Chantal Petitclerc's selection as the Lou Marsh Award boils down to is ideology trumping truth.
(Duane covered this off, admirably, yesterday, just scroll down.)
Sports fans do get too wrapped up in awards and honours conferred after the fact, which goes triple for this writer. Regardless, the truth is that far too often, Canadians would rather be nice than be right. Even if you haven't listened to over-the-air radio in weeks, you can hear some See Bee See host spreading on the saccharine like Homer Simpson buttering up a muffin: Chantal Petitclerc is so inspirational.
This debacle was a setup from the word go, really. This is what happens when you create an award where people have to pretend all sports are created equal. I have 10 years' of clippings that reflect that wish, but they're not.
The hell of it is that as a Canadian, you can't say boo without getting stuck with an anti label -- oh, you don't like the pick, so you must be against the disabled. This is what happens when you have a society when people give priority to what lines up with their personal beliefs.
Canada's affluence and equal opportunity does make us a Paralympics powerhouse, which is a point of pride for all the boys and girls vested in the myth that we are a liberal lot from coast-to-coast.
It doesn't hide the facts that Canada's athlete of the year award has gone to someone whom many people have never heard of or that outside the Paralympics, there aren't too many track meets of consequence where the same athlete can win the 100 and the 1,500 metres. It doesn't. The truth has to hurt.
This isn't even really about who should have won, but Jason Bay, Justin Morneau, Christine Sinclair, Carol Huynh, Steve Nash, and so on and so, prove themselves against an athlete pool of measured in hundreds and thousands. It's a disservice to lump them all in together and you know what, it's a disservice to Ms. Petitclerc.
Feel-good stories cannot always trump giving a matter some serious consideration. At the end of the day, you can only look at life through the eyes of love. This Canadian sports nut would love it if one of our highest athletics honours actually had legitimacy (this presumes it did once).
Moving on ...
The high price of mediocrity: The San Francisco Giants are paying Aaron Rowand $8 million US next season and plan to bat him sixth. That raw-bacon bet The Tao of Stieb made is is looking good.
Remember all those foreign coaches China hired for the Olympics? Almost all of them have been fired. Nice, eh?
Can you even work a joke around Jay Leno moving up to the 10 p.m. timeslot? The best way is just to ask a rhetorical question and trail off...
NHL veteran Chris Gratton was likely waived out of the league for good yesterday. The last time the Kingston Frontenacs had a tough team, he might have been playing for them. That's how long ago it was.
This post is worth nothing, but this is worth noting:
- Former Kingston Frontenacs captain Chris Stewart scored his first NHL goal last night. And the circle of life continues.
- Belleville Bulls forward Eric Tangradi has signed his first NHL contract. Is it a dick move to rhyme off all the players Frontenacs GM-for-life Larry Mavety drafted ahead of him three years ago. Probably, but (deep breath), here's the players Mavety took before the Bulls took Tangradi: LukePitherDarylBordenAndrewWilsonBrettPierceyDerekSzaszMattReisJustinTaylor.
- Boots Del Biaggio was a sketchy character long before he ever had a stake in any National Hockey League team. Gary Bettman could not have been expected to know. He wore a suit, he smelled nice, he had two pieces of ID.