This is a short work week for many people. Tomorrow is Good Friday. For non-Christians, and non-practising Christians, I suppose it will be just another statutory holiday. I’m not sure why it is called “Good” Friday. It may be that it began as “God’s Friday” and morphed into “Good”, or it may be that Good stands for the blessings of humanity that Christians believe arose from Jesus’ execution because tomorrow commemorates the crucifixion. Saturday is Easter Eve, colloquially known as Holy Saturday, followed by the holiest day in Christianity, Easter Sunday.
Anyone who is a sports fan likely monopolized the tv remote last weekend as there was a virtual feast on the tube, not to mention the Rush on 98COOL. Monday’s Sasknow.ca Sports Poll question asked what we thought was the biggest sports story from the weekend and as of this writing 44% of respondents said it was Brad Gushue’s team winning the world men’s curling championship without a loss. 32% voted for Sergio Garcia finally ending his major championship drought by winning the Masters.
A recent Sasknow.ca Sports Poll question asked if we would be in favour of having NHL referees figuratively “swallow their whistles” and let the players decide the outcome of upcoming Stanley Cup playoff games. As of this writing, 9% of respondents had said yes, there’s nothing more frustrating than having officials call penalty after penalty which disrupts the flow of the game. 18% said no, we need all penalties called so there could at least be some power play goals making sure we don’t have boring, low scoring games.
I don’t know when a cold war turns into a hot war and I don’t want to find out. My generation lived through decades of a cold war with the Soviet Union during which there was a lot of bluster and posturing, the main event being the Cuban missile crisis when I was a boy living on an RCAF base in West Germany. I spent three days in an air raid shelter. I remember being told that our CF104 Starfighters were on full alert armed with nuclear missiles ready to head to targets in East Germany had the Soviets run the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Obviously they didn’t.
The problem with today’s news is that it quickly becomes yesterday’s news. Governments know this and use it to their advantage. They can do really dumb things and take justified flak but they just batten down the hatches, fasten their safety belts, and ride out the storm knowing the public will forget whatever it was in light of whatever supersedes it. An example of yesterday’s news was the federal and the Quebec governments loaning Bombardier hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars yet again to keep it afloat.