Wednesday November 26, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge genius fundraiser


The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a stroke of genius for raising money.  It’s fun, interactive, and quick. It’s great to see such a positive come out of a disease that, frankly, has to rank amongst the worst of the worst when it comes to diseases and please understand that ALL diseases are bad. Of course, there are always those out there who try to wreck things by suggesting it’s a waste of water. Those are also, likely, the same people who wait for the shower to get hot before they step in. When you make your donation, be careful to make sure you donate to the country you want your money to go to. I made the mistake of sending mine to the United States, however I also check marked that I would like my pledge to go to research, in which case I feel the country that receives it doesn’t matter. They all work together to find a cure.

While on the topic of ALS, Lou Gehrig was the first well-known person to contract the disease. Gehrig played 2130 straight Major League Baseball games in the 1930s (which is about 15 straight years of not missing a game) and included in the last few months of the streak were games in which he, clearly, was showing strong symptoms of ALS. The feat is remarkable (broken only by Cal Ripken about fifteen years ago) and it really puts a spotlight on the athletes of today; most of whom need regular days off every couple of weeks despite their colossal salaries and contracts.

The Canadian Football League has been, nearly, unwatchable all season.  Through the first nine weeks, many games have been, extremely, boring.  Offense must be at an all-time low. Not only is offense grinded to a halt, but in many games the defense isn’t even dominating. It’s just bad football with 5-6 yard passes, frequent turnovers, and an abundance of penalties. Sunday’s game between Saskatchewan and BC was not one of those games. Despite the low 20-16 score, the contest was a great defensive battle with John Chick and Solomon Elimimian in the spotlight trading big play after big play.  

I don’t mind watching a game where there are great plays on defense and both the Riders and Lions brought that to the table on Sunday.  Saskatchewan has now won five straight and it’s hard to imagine them finishing at anything less than 13-and-5 by the end of the season. They have to be odds-on favorites to repeat as Grey Cup champions.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a Calgary radio station that was playing songs that were, essentially, chopped down from the originals into two minute singles.  That didn’t last long. The complaints were plentiful and now they’ve gone in a different direction.  Hopefully the station has also parted ways with the suits that dreamt up this bird brained format idea.

Hate to be on the climate change bandwagon, but Winnipeg got hit last week with heavy rains that resulted in similar flooding that was felt in southern Saskatchewan earlier this summer.  This past weekend, the Yorkton area experienced overnight temperatures down near 3 degrees. I wouldn’t be surprised to see snow on the ground by Thanksgiving. Summer used to be a 12 week season in Saskatchewan. In fact, I can recall extremely hot days for a streak of 10-14 days in a row.  Now, we are subjected to funnel clouds, regularly.  Counting the last three years, summer has been reduced to between 5 and 7 weeks. Still think we are not in the midst of a climate change?  Weather experts are already calling for a record cold winter. Really?  What was last year?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about commercial expansion in Yorkton and, as far as I know, here is where we are at: Rona is not coming and overall expansion north of the city has not started yet at all by anyone. You get some really interesting answers depending on who you talk to when it comes to the north end of Yorkton. It would be a great piece for a full-time journalist. Any takers?  

The old Payless Shoe building will house a new cell phone store outlet as well as Yorkton’s third dollar store. 



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