Don Cherry has a lesson to teach Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Cherry has spent a career promoting the hockey fighter, sometimes known as the enforcer or goon. The problem is that the science of brain injuries has caught up with (and passed) his assertion that the violence of these bare-knuckle encounters doesn't really hurt anyone, and helps the game. Indeed, the very fighters whose role Cherry has championed are increasingly turning out to be the game's victims.
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is known for a few things: a national tradition for hockey fans across the country -- and loudmouth pundit Don Cherry.
At Rob Ford's inauguration as Toronto mayor in December, Cherry gave the ceremony's opening remarks clad in a neon pink blazer. He said the garment was for all the "pinkos out there that ride bicycles." Cherry upstaged the new mayor, going on to blast what he called the left-wing media, and "left-wing kooks."