Btw, did you guys know my name isn’t WAC?
Words fail me right now. It is late and I’m trying to get this all out through the tears. At hockey tonight I heard the news of the tragic passing of Brendan Burke. Brendan wasn’t just the son of Toronto Maple Leaf general manager. He meant so much more.
Back in November a wonderful article was published about Brendan coming out to his hockey team. And he was loved and accepted. Brendan’s orientation didn’t affect friendships and he was able to be open and himself. At the time I wrote this on Brian’s acceptance of his son;
I wouldn’t expect anything less from Brian Burke. I think he is an amazing man and it’s wonderful that he is accepting of his son. What a fine display of being not only progressive, but what a father should be: loving and supportive. Some may think that this is a matter that should be private, but I absolutely applaud Brendan’s willingness to be open with his sexual orientation. Especially given the supremely rough and tumble reputation of sports and the response to homosexuals, it is refreshing that there is this story of hope. The slurs and the gender put downs just kill and it’d be nice to move beyond that.
I think these words still very much ring true. My thoughts are with Brian and his family. It may have been a short while, but Brendan’s story did a lot of good, I think. At the moment, we might not know just the ripples he caused, but eventually ripples do turn into waves. Perhaps Brendan’s story signaled a change in attitudes in athletics. That the time has come to move forward. I have faith that the story of Brendan caused some people to re-examine their words and actions. Little by little, we’re going to fix this all and Brendan was crucial in the process.
…And really, a person should not have to give up something they love because of others reactions to who they love. We need Brendan’s story in order to learn and move forward. Hopefully there will come a time, soon, when gay athletes are accepted and feel they can be open.
Pension Plan Puppets did a lot of good donating to Haiti. I think we should do a lot of good in the memory of Brendan. Donate to PFLAG if you can. They are an organization dedicated to helping bridge relations between family and friends when someone comes out of the closet. They work to spread love and tolerance, creating a better and accepting society for us all. We heard Brendan story, but think of all the others. There is something to be learned.
And thank you, Brendan.
NP You were drafted fifth overall. It was a huge deal. Did you buy anything to celebrate?
LS No. My present was just getting that Leafs jersey. That was the best thing, and afterwards, I went back to my hotel with friends and family and that was another present, having them there to share the moment with.
-Luke Schenn interview, 2008.
The other day was the NHL draft lottery which was probably the most boring non-event on television aside from when QVC is selling Lock n Lock storage containers and people call in to tell the host how many sets they have purchased for which family members. Yes, I take my watching television very, very seriously. Anyways, big shocker the New York Islanders are picking first. Then the ideas started being floated of just what will the Maple Leafs do to get that number one and potentially snatch John Tavares from the Islanders. Apparently the logical conclusion is to offer Toronto to offer up Our Luke and Savior, Schenn.
For the fuck of shit, why would you do that? And from here on out, when I say “you” I mean, “you” as the hypothetical general manager. Did you read that quote? How could you then just say, “ehhh whatevs, Schenn I hope you like Long Island and the Gotti Boys.” Clearly he sees honor in wearing the blue and white while others mock. I know Tavares has said he wants to be a Leaf too, which is really wonderful. But let the Islanders have him. They need to get back on track, they have to dig out of a hole. Sure Tavares can score but Toronto needs to fix the goalie situation at the moment and hang onto some defense.
The Leafs can move forward and build around Schenn. He is still a growing puppy who had a solid rookie season. He will be quite the beast when he fills out and then realizes his own strength. My thing is, why gamble? Sure Tavares maybe lovely and wonderful and had tons of column inches. But I tend to doubt all media hype and products. If you’re ever bored, ask me how I feel about Jessica Alba. Why trade away a shining hope to the fans? Schenners means something, his presence means that the team can turn around and tell the haters, “keep it cute or put it on mute.” With a sassy head snap too.
The Leafs are in position to draft seventh which I am kosher with. My warm, fuzzy feelings for Schenn and his panty melting tendencies aside, I have been screaming and rambling about a Jared Cowen and Schenn defensive pairing for months. And if I end up being right, I am going to do the most amazing routine for the “I told you so” dance. It will be more glitzy and dazzling than Chicago. More glitter and pizzazz than Xanadu. But with a bit of Kelly Kapoor;
I don’t have it in me to take down the playoff tracker sidebar at the moment…
Ok so The Panel and I decided this had to be like the best game. Ever. Of all time. Where do I begin with the utter awesomeness? Ok welllllll I thought Ondrej Roman was going to punch someone. He was getting feisty. I laiiiike it. I laiiiiike it a lot. So many goals scored by the Chiefs and Dustin Tokarski was flawless. Again. 6-0, thanks for coming out Kootenay. The Ice started to show their frustrations in the second when the fights started breaking out. Levko Koper fought again. You know what? Here is your penalty summary;
At one point the Ice decided to get all up in Tokarski’s Kool Aid which he never takes kindly to. There was smack talk with the Ice goalie. I was hoping with my heart of hearts for a goalie fight. But he knew better. Instead he popped his jersey and pointed at the scoreboard. I sure do pick the good ones.
Anyways I could probably go on about how the Chiefs were great and fighting the bounciness of the puck in the first and the passing was quite lovely. I mean Tyler Johnson had two goals and Bowman, Donaghy, Spurgeon and Wahl put some points up. But instead, let’s do a picture post.
Andddddd Luke Schenn continues to be on my top list of hockey boyfriends. I mean I am a sucker for defenseman and goalies…and fowards….shit. Oh I am off task. Yes, Schenngasms. He just shows undending enthusiasm that reminds me of Scrappy Doo. His “lemme at em”-ness is just charming and endearing. I am quite aware I am not the only one swooning. I think The Vesa is too;
What really sealed the deal was this video clip. YOU GOT SCHENN’D, PENS!
Schenn call me? You can email me too. Or facebook me. Or IM me. Really. I luff you.
Oh shit, I forgot to do cupcakes. Uhm I’d give a bunch to Toka for being studly. And then some for everyone else. Extra for Jared Cow Cow as he is out injured. Get better, kitten! Your other half misses you. I mean, you two are The Jareds.