Kelly: Whatever you think of him, Cherry’s slow fall sad to watch

Since our politics have become depressingly reasonable, Canadians looking for a fight are forced to pick sides on the issue of Don Cherry.

Cherry, who was always the first guy wading in, seems less and less inclined to punch back.

Over the weekend, he declined an honorary degree from Kingston’s Royal Military College after one faculty member wrote an angry letter and sent it to the local paper.

The guy handling my pension details will be heartened to hear about the renewed power of newsprint to sway this country’s leading citizens.

Don Cherry circa 2005 would’ve swaggered into the joint precisely to thumb his nose at his critic(s). Today’s Don Cherry called the whole mess off, saying he wanted to avoid a “circus” at the commencement.

He’s 77 now and while he still sets the agenda for our national hockey conversation, he is more of a cult figure than a trailblazer. After three decades spent listening to a remarkably consistent message, a great many people have decided that Cherry’s defence of violence isn’t just wrong-headed, but that it’s morally corrupt.–kelly-whatever-you-think-of-him-cherry-s-slow-fall-sad-to-watch

5 Responses to Kelly: Whatever you think of him, Cherry’s slow fall sad to watch

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Morally corrupt? A bit sensational, don't you think?

    I'm no big Grapes fan, but I respected what he did. It was considerate move and probably pissed his critics (at the university) off more than if he would have accepted the degree.

    Also, he "sets the [national] agenda" for hockey conversation? I rather like to think us at HRT do (Read: we only talk about the leafs).

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    I agree it was good of him to as he put it, not take away from the two other recipients that night by being there.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah, honourable move by Cherry IMO.

  4. Steven_Leafs says:


  5. mojo19 says:

    The new generation is over sensitive, coddled, and soft. "Wahhhh diversity! Fairness!" Don't get me wrong, diversity and fairness are good things, but today's society has taken it too far.

    Did you know that in Oakville minor hockey the abolished the individual MVP awards, top defenseman, etc. The only awards handed out now are for top scorer, and top goalie (based on stats, not a vote). So its only statistical awards, no opinion. The idea was to get rid of the politics, but the reason it happened is because too many whiney mom's kept saying "what about my Billy? He's just as good, and he didn't get an award? This isn't fair! No one should get awards if its not gonna be fair!" And they ruined it for everyone.

    Don Cherry represents an older way of thinking, but I admire a lot of the old culture in Canada. Listening to my grampa talk, I sometimes shake my head, but sometimes he raises really good points too.

    End rant.

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