Wednesday October 22, 2014

Ignoring some complaints a good thing


We live in a society of anti-bullying; so it comes as ironic to me that we also live in a society where we let the vocal minority bully the rest of us into their way of thinking. This thought came to me last week as I read a story about some metro Vancouver cities doing away with dour ‘in Memoriam’ park benches. The reason is that a staff member suggested they do eliminate the program because a few residents have complained that ‘memorial amenities in public parks create a cemetery-like environment and limit their enjoyment’. We are so worried about offending that one person that we will put the screws to 99-percent of the rest of us by telling us to find something else to memorialize a loved one.

As I was leaving the Saskatchewan Roughrider game on Saturday night, I couldn’t help but wonder if my complaint would be taken seriously if I lodged one about the advertisement on the side of a bus that shows a pregnant white person connected with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Is the message here that pregnant white women are more apt to subject their babies to FAS?

While on the topic of the Roughriders, I’m glad they won on Saturday and it looks like they are well on their way to being a factor as far as repeating as Grey Cup champions. But, the CFL game has some issues as far as entertainment is concerned. The game against Montreal was nothing short of boring.  When Rob Bagg finally scored a fourth quarter touchdown, it marked the first major delivered by the Roughrider offense in almost three games, yet they’ve won every game. To me, there’s something wrong with the product when an anemic offense like that can still go 3-and-0.  To me, sports is entertainment, but the CFL has fallen way short of entertaining me on more times than not so far this season. It’s not unlike what’s gone on in the National Hockey League. Defense wins, but defense is also boring. The NFL and NBA have found ways to keep offense as a major component of the game.  The CFL and NHL have not and I feel will need to sooner rather than later.  In the CFL’s case, it may just be the talent pool isn’t what it once was.  Darian Durant and Ricky Ray are regarded as the two best quarterbacks in the league, but Durant has produced one touchdown in his last three and Ray threw a pair of late fourth quarter picks and put up precious little in his game against BC on Sunday night. I’m not sure either of them are even close to the level of say Danny McManus, Damon Allen, Tracy Ham, or Dave Dickenson. They certainly are not in the same league as Anthony Calvillo, Jeff Garcia, or Doug Flutie.

The apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams has shocked everyone and has sparked even more widespread talk of mental illness. I don’t understand it. I can’t comment on it at all. It’s not something I can really wrap my head around other than to say I am fortunate to have never dealt with it. I don’t know if there is one particular issue that triggers a reaction in people that results in them being unhappy or whether there is nothing specific at all that causes it. I just know I am thankful for my health.  I ask this question, not in sarcasm, but with an honest intent: do we live in a world where someone sponsoring a park bench in honor of a loved one can trigger depression in someone else? If so, how did we get here or were we always here and nobody recognized it? It all seems so sad to me and I hope there are professionals who are a lot smarter than me out there who can help people in need and eradicate what seems to be an epidemic now in society.

Thought perplexing court cases of the week: an Ontario recreational hockey player was found guilty of aggravated assault for making incidental contact with another player during a game. The rec league is a non-body checking league, but incidental contact is common. 



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