TORONTO (Nov. 11) — So, Rogers made sure to fire Don Cherry on Remembrance Day. Those bastards in the ivory tower at 1 Mount Pleasant Rd. couldn’t have held off for another 24 hours, huh?
But, really, what more should we have expected from arguably the most–despised national brand in our country — one that treats employees as numbers on a paper; then randomly lops them off, one by one, to try and save itself from the disaster of a $5.2 billion contract with the National Hockey League? I’m glad the soldiers that Cherry always referred to during Coach’s Corner died for freedom of speech. And, I suppose our rendition of the First Amendment doesn’t include the word “immigrants”. Today’s move is nothing shy of burlesque and, potentially, many–times more damaging than the words Donald S. spoke on Saturday.
Whenever our lawful right to free speech is quelled, red flags should be flying all over the place.
Do yourself a favor and fully disregard the manner in which Rogers has couched this dismissal. In fact, Cherry’s remarks on Saturday — insensitive, but not racist — provided the Communications giant yet another reason to save a couple mil. Bob McCown, Glenn Healy, Bob Cole, Nick Kypreos, John Shannon, Doug MacLean, Daren Millard, Paul Romanuk, George Stromboulopoulos and others behind the scenes have paid for the absurd NHL contract with their careers. Now, it’s the biggest fish of all. A message to my old pal, Brian Burke: Walk the halls of 1 Mount Pleasant with your head on a swivel. And, make sure to be pleasant when the red light is on. The most offensive national brand in Canada wouldn’t want you to offend anyone with freedom of speech. Especially while tugging on the payroll. Burke is last man standing among a professional, yet uniformly–bland cast of TV characters on the network that bought its way to No. 1.
And, for the bleeding hearts out there siding with this move… be careful. Be really, really careful what you’re cheering for. The boneyard at Flander’s Field represents our way of life. The tanks, machine guns and bombs that killed our brave soldiers assured that Hitler and other despots wouldn’t spread their revulsion. When we silent Canadian citizens for lawful commentary — even if somewhat callous — we’re playing a very dangerous game. I’m among those truly hoping that Cherry shoves a massive lawsuit down the throats of the lily–white executives who fired him today. What’s another $5.2 billion to Rogers, anyhow?