The Outsider: Temps rising ... get out your skates
|By Will Jones - The Outsider | July 19 2018|
So, did you watch it, the World Cup? The pinnacle of global football (not soccer, as only you North Americans seem to call it). The most amazing sporting spectacle on earth. The speed, the finesse, the be all and end all of …
No, you didn’t watch it? Me neither. I’m more of a cricket fan myself and you guys, well, it’s almost hockey season again, isn’t it? It has to be hockey season soon because the kids have just started summer vacation, it’s 35 degrees and there’s a fire ban. But, never mind that it is the height of summer, my pal is having to ferry his small boy to the arena again because hockey practice has started.
Hockey in July!
I know this town has some kind of messiah complex when it comes to hockey, believing that it will spawn an NHLer with every passing generation but don’t the children, and their weary parents, deserve a break from the ice and those unforgiving bleachers? Aren’t there one or two other activities that eight, nine and 10-year-old kids could be doing in the height of summer? Aren’t there a multitude of places that mum and dad might want to be rather than sitting behind the glass during these fleeting warm weeks that we get in July and August?
But, hold on, as if beginning the hockey season in July wasn’t enough, now I hear that there’s talk of a Sports Hall of Fame here in little old Haliburton, and by that we all know they mean hockey. Really? Oh, I said that before didn’t I? But, come on, we can’t be serious. We need council to put its limited time and resources into a sports hall of fame about as much as we need another drug store on the main street. We need it about as much as Justin Trudeau needs another tear duct, as much as the Leafs need another duff season.
We need a swimming pool but that one seems to be a non-starter with our ‘forward thinking’ council. We got a skate park thanks to some hard work and fundraising. And it is being really well used by our kids on a repeated basis. They like it and they keep coming back but a sports hall of fame, how many folks would visit that twice a week, like they might a pool or gym? How many locals would keep on visiting and how many visitors from the big cities, where there are real hockey, sorry ‘sports’, halls of fame would bother with more than a cursory glance at a few glass cases with jerseys in them?
Oh, I have an idea. Let’s build a soccer, damn it ‘football’ hall of fame here in Haliburton. They don’t have one of those in Toronto, do they? And, if we’re lucky, we may attract passing tourists who just can’t believe that they might be able to see David Beckham’s left sock, or Ronaldo’s used jock strap displayed in a glass case, next to photos of Brazil’s star player Neymar acting like he has been kicked in the shin, again, right here in the heart of hockey country. And if visitors start to wane, we’ll add in some Argonauts memorabilia, ‘cause that is sure to draw ‘em in.
WILL JONES - is The Outsider