By Jim Brown
I can’t believe it. According to stats obtained from ESPN, even with all seven Canadian teams tanking the NHL still outpaced the NBA in attendance during the 2015-2016 season. Thirteen teams reported 100 per cent or more capacity for the entire season, vs just nine for tne NBA (both leagues have 30 teams). Also, several NHL teams were substantially over capacity, with the Minnesota Wild leading the way (113.2 per cent), followed by the Chicago Blackhawks (110.9 per cent) and the Boston Bruins (109.6 per cent). That compares to just 104.9 per cent over capacity for the top NBA team. No question which league has the most loyal fans – fans who are willing to shell out cold hard cash to watch their team play in an arena. Talk about a good old fashioned ass-kicking at the turnstiles.
By Jim Brown
I really don’t know why Bernie Sanders is still running after his blowout loss to Hillary Clinton in last night’s New York primary. The guy has millions of dollars in donations from loyal supporters and can expect millions more. What a colossal waste of money when he has no chance of winning. If he stopped his campaign right now he could divert the cash to more productive uses – such as helping the homeless, or providing bursaries for deserving lower income students.
By Jim Brown
On Friday some cattle got loose onto St Mary’s Road, near Stanley Bridge, causing heads to turn and traffic to halt for a few brief moments while they were corralled by their owner. That got a good friend of mine to remark that things were pretty wild in Stanley. She said maybe the cattle would make their way to the world famous roundabout, which is probably the only one in Canada, perhaps even the entire world, without concrete curbs and without a raised surface in the centre to direct traffic in a circle, only a bright yellow bullseye in the middle and bright yellow markings leading to it. If only we had a little imagination at the provincial level we could make our roundabout a smaller version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona. We could erect barricades around it, funnel bulls into the roundabout and then admit paying tourists and locals who want to try their luck outrunning them. Overnight Stanley Bridge would be on the map and we’d have so many visitors from away we’d run out of hotels and cottages to accommodate them. If only…
By Jim Brown
Thanks to some very generous slob anglers I was able to collect enough bottles and cans at my favorite trout hole in New Glasgow to buy coffee and a refill at the Kensington Bakin’ Donuts. Is it too much to hope for the same kind of luck on my next fishing trip?
It’s opening day for trout season on PEI and there is still a crisp snap in the air, a lingering reminder of a winter just past. Everything is still clean and unspoiled. But after sunrise the first slob anglers will have arrived and before long beautiful, sun-dappled pools will be soiled with garbage – coils of tangled line ready to ensnare and slowly strangle birds and other wildlife and mounds of cigarette butts, crushed worm containers, smashed beer and pop bottles, disposable coffee cups, food wrappers, even condoms and tampons.
So is it any wonder many anglers decide to pack it all in by early May?
Why bother? Before much longer agricultural runoff will seep into rivers, streams and estuaries and everything will be coated in a green slime.
My fishing license and conservation card cost me $34 and change and I’ll probably only need it for five or six trips.
Imagine the thousands of extra dollars our provincial government could earn just by extending the season a week. And to tell you the truth I bet you the vast majority of “Premium Angling Pass” holders won’t be around after April. And I also bet they will also be the more responsible stewards of our waterways – practicing catch and release and cleaning up after themselves, leaving their favorite fishing holes as pristine as they found them. I would gladly pay extra to see my favorite trout pool close to the state Mother Nature intended. Wouldn’t you?