Friday, June 15, 2012
Don Cherry Is An Idiot. More so.
These are two tweets from resident racist, err I mean hockey legend Donald S Cherry from earlier today. They are of course praising Canadian Sens prospect Mark Stone, while criticizing Swedish Sens prospect Jakob Silfverberg. There's so much wrong here I don't even know where to begin, but I'll try to include it all as best I can.
Let's start with his ridiculous first statement. The Sens being up 3-2 over NYR and pulling Stone from the lineup is the thing you remember most from this season's playoff run? Really? Not the thrilling Philly-Pittsburgh series, or the game 7 double OT Goal by Henrique against Florida, or the Caps finally exceeding expectations, or the 8th seeded LA Kings taking out the #1, #2 and #3 seeds in the west before eventually winning the Stanley Cup with an incredible 16-4 record? That alone should be a fireable offense and speak to his "credibility". Hell I'm a die hard Sens fan and I barely remember that as a significant event in our playoff run, let alone in all the playoffs.
The notion that either player, both of whom were getting their first taste of NHL action had a massive impact one way or the other is stupid. While Stone's pass for Spezza's goal was definitely nice, it was Spezza who put the puck in the net and other than that the youngster was invisible for the most part. The same could be said for Silfverberg, who while he played 2 games, looked decent but far from spectacular. You can blame their age or inexperience if you want but the results just weren't there, for either of them. To single one out to this degree is insane and shows how out of touch Grapes really is.
While Stone is indeed a fairly blue chip prospect, one could argue that Silfverberg is the #1 prospect in the world at the moment, regularly being named the best player not in the NHL. He just came off an MVP Swedish Elite League season and a championship, while Stone was playing in the WHL. There's a big gap between being named the MVP of a league full of skilled men and playing Canadian Jr hockey. Cherry makes it seem as if the only difference was their ethnicity and that's wrong.
Furthermore, what does someone's ethnicity even matter? It shouldn't even be mentioned in a situation like this. The fact that the CBC, a station funded by taxpayers, allows this nonsense to continue is beyond embarrassing at this point. Not only is Cherry clearly racist, he isn't even right. Silfverberg was the right play and to insinuate anything else was at play, especially race is a ridiculous claim.
Unfortunately for the Canadian people, this kind of foolishness from Cherry has become par for the course.