Posted by: laughs4dads | May 24, 2010

He Shoots; He Pours!

I have, from time to time, referred to other parenting blogs in my posts. But here’s a first: I’m going to cite NHL blogger Kevin Schultz. Yes, that’s NHL, as in National Hockey League.

In his post of May 2, Schultz writes about an incident with the Sask-Can 2000 atom hockey team. The most important thing to know about this team, and the reason for this story appearing in my blog, is that it consists of nine- and 10-year-olds. (The second most important thing to know is that it consists of Canadians, which may explain a lot, including why nine-year-olds are playing hockey.)

Apparently, an assistant coach for the team and one of the parents gave the kids open cans of Coors Light and had them pose with the beers, on video.  The voice-over says ” … the boys are enjoying a fine beer after a hard game.”

All this raises a number of questions:

  1. Why were the kids drinking Coors instead of Molsons?
  2. Does Canadian universal health insurance pay for these young hockey players’ dental bills?
  3. Why didn’t the cameraman say, “these boys are enjoying a fine beer after a hard game, ay.”?

Anyway, like everything these days, the video found its way onto YouTube, and there was an uproar, and the assistant coach and the parent were suspended. I should point out that the parent was suspended from being the team’s treasurer, not from being a parent.

Schultz quotes Lorrie Heggie of Sask-Can hockey: “I’ve talked to the guy and I can’t for the life of me figure out what he was trying to gain, whether he was just being a silly dad trying to have some goofy fun, or whether he had some purpose to it.”

Really? What purpose could there have been? Does Heggie think Coors paid for the endorsement? Of course it was a silly dad having goofy fun, just as silly dads have had goofy fun for millennia: by having their little kids do manly stuff.

“Hey,” said one Hun to another, “let my kid do some of the pillaging.”

How many times through the ages has this scene been repeated: a father is hanging out with his friends, and his young son enters the room. The father winks at his buddies and says to the boy, “Here, kid, want a sip of my scotch?” Or “Here kid, have a cigar.” It’s a rite of passage. The kid feels a bond to his dad, and the dad and his friends enjoys a good laugh over seeing the kid do a spit take or cough uncontrollably until he turns blue.

The only thing that’s new in this whole equation is the Internet.

If idiots (and by that I mean just about everyone, not only Canadians) didn’t feel the need to share every little thing online, there wouldn’t be all these uproars. And all the self-righteous blowhards out there wouldn’t feel the need to be indignant about something that’s been going on forever.

I mean, come on people, this beer incident is not going to turn the young hockey players into adults who get into drunken brawls all the time.

That’s what the hockey is for!


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