The Madness of Coach Don

Last night’s edition of Coach’s Corner began with a cool mash-up and then continued with videos of a few fights and Cherry rambling all over the NHL landscape – but not picking on P.K., unless you see his praise of less chirping by Ryan Kesler as a veiled slam on Subban.

Cherry concluded the segment with an angry reminder that Dec. 25 celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.


Call me paranoid, but I think the old coot is setting himself up for a third career.

The speech at Rob Ford’s inauguration, bashing “left-wing kooks”, the use of the public airwaves to promote a particular religion …

Cherry is positioning himself for either politics (he’s too old and, frankly, too ignorant) or the more likely bet: a gig on Sun TV, the Canadian version of Fox News that Pierre Karl Péladeau wants to launch.

(Thanks to GG11 for Don the Evangelist, another brilliant PhotoShop)




  1. hockeydoc says:

    he keeps bringing up many cogent points which you just ignore or insult

  2. hockeydoc says:

    The Crusades were launched in the name of Christ for the purpose of converting nonbelievers. That is historical fact.

  3. CHsam says:

    “If one of the many FOREIGN news casters on CBC…..”   Love it. So foreign.

  4. Miltie01 says:

    The fact is that is the way it is set up, but not the way it happens in real life. Cherry, as far as I am concerned, should limit his conversations to hockey. I also feel he should not be chastised, he is not the only one who does it.

  5. Miltie01 says:

    Actually, it doesn’t , and I absoluitely loved that episode !!!

  6. Miltie01 says:

    Yes Boone, freedom of speech

  7. Miltie01 says:

    I have seen many a broadcaster, even HNIC, wish people well at there holidays, Muslims, Jews etc.

    Neither should be done according to those who say a publicly funded, secular broadcaster should not allow this kind of thing. Cherry was talking to HIS audience, which I am sure if you check out the demographics you would find out are white anglo saxon protestants. The rest should try and do as we christians are asked to do, politely let him say what he has to say and then carry on.

  8. Miltie01 says:

    Guess what, I have read the Bible, many, many times. I suggest you actually read it, and try to understand it.

  9. Miltie01 says:

    Chanukah is not celebrated on December 25 is it ? And yes, others do celebrate Christmas without any influence of Jesus. That is fine. Others celebrate their religious festivals arounf this same bunch of weeks yes. Yet they are allowed to proclaim from the highest mountains of the land that it is there festival’s time of year and are not admonished, why can’t Cherry ?


    Now you are freaking out about the crusades, which Jesus had nothing to do with by the way, right after you go on a tirade about wanting to have a crusade of your own in grade five.

  10. Miltie01 says:

    What exactly is the Jewish Holiday, or festival that is celebrated on Dec. 25 ? I am not aware of one, maybe Boone can answer this. Again, with the rest of your post you carry on about something you don’t understand. The fact is Don mentioned Jesus in a public forum and is being raked over the coals. That does not happen if Buhda, the Dahli Llama or most others are mentioned, because we as christians , and the rest of the country as Canadians have been taught to be respectful of other people.

  11. Miltie01 says:

    Go on talking about something you have no idea about. While I agree that coach’s corner, as well as HIO are no places to discuss religious views, it is obvious to me other views can be bandied about freely. Whether it is of other faiths, or in your case, absense of any faith. Why does Don not have the right to state his opinion, when others are allowed to……on the CBC, and HIO ?

  12. BJT says:

    We in north america would not celebrate Dec 24th and 25th and get 2 weeks off merely because of Chanukah and the winter soltice.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  13. BJT says:

    Wow you’re freakin’ annoying. Any respect for you I’ve ever had is gone.

    I am being persecuted now by you telling my faith is BS, telling me I’m stupid, and saying you would eliminate christianity if you had the chance. 

    And wow, I’ve said consistently that the reason we in North America celebrate Christmas because of Christ’s birth, I never said that it’s timing is historically accurate to the birthtime of Christ, because it was never intended to be. You pulled that one out of thin air and out of your bias.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  14. BJT says:

    The Bible does not support rape, that’s just stupid. It does not support pillaging.. the old testament contains many books about Christians seiging castles, lead by god. Every time it instructs not to steal or take from the city attacked. Also, It does not support murder. Ever heard of the ten commandments?

    I have read it, if not in whole, large chunks of. And I do believe it. 

    Maybe you should read some too, it’d do you some good I’m thinking.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  15. andrewberkshire says:

    How are you being persecuted? By someone challenging your statements of absolute fact when you’ve already admitted they were false? Yes, I did insult you, because you’re being so ridiculously inconsistent that I’ve facepalmed about 20 times reading this drivel. I really don’t care if you think I’m being a douche, the point is that you’re wrong about why this season is a holiday, and you admitted it, but now you’re saying you were right in the first place… Ridiculous.

  16. andrewberkshire says:

    You would have this holiday off anyway even without christianity existing, fact, because it’s been a holiday for thousands of years, before baby jesus was born (allegedly) in Nazareth, not Bethlehem, in March.

  17. BJT says:

    THIS is unintelligent crap, and you’re being a douche. I’m not legitimately replying to this one because you’re now solely calling me stupid and my beliefs illegitimate. I defended each and every point you made intelligently and each time you got more and more pissed and the swearing and insults followed. And you want me to ‘pretend’ I’m being persecuted? Now I don’t need to, because I am. By you. Fact, jerk.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  18. andrewberkshire says:

    Your last statement is called a ‘no true scotsman’ fallacy. If you think the bible doesn’t support rape, murder and pillaging, you haven’t read the bible. You should try it, you probably won’t believe it afterwords.

  19. BJT says:

    The Christmas season is a season to celebrate Christ’s birth. Fact.

    I already went over why it is on this date (the bit about Saturn). Fact.

    I’m not the one complaining, you are. I’m defending my beliefs against you trashing Christianity and saying that Christ’s birth is not the reason for Christmas. Fact.

    I am not at all delusional, thanks. (Fact, as far as I am aware)

    The holiday is not fake, it is real. How can you say it is fake when I am sitting here without school for the next 1.5 weeks because of the Christmas holiday? Fact.



    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  20. BJT says:

    I never said Chanukah (I never knew it was spelled that way.. actually kinda cool) never existed. I said that the reason we celebrate the Christmas season, Christmas Eve, and Christmas day itself in Canada, the United States, and Europe is because of Christ being born. That is inarguable. Dec 25th is not a holiday because of Chanukah. It is a holiday 100% because of Christ’s birth.

    Oh, and the bit where you call Christianity a ‘farce’? That, right there, is intolerance and oppressing people’s beliefs, and hypocrisy. 

    And I have not done research of the Crusades, but from what I have heard it was a King Henry from England and Saladin leading their troops. I also know 100% that the bible does not tell people to pillage, plunder, rape, murder, and steal, so therefore they were not legit christians.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  21. andrewberkshire says:

    So now (self censored) swearing is a sign of immaturity? Sorry, I thought it was just a sign of inflection to show how flabargasted I was by your stupidity. Like I said, you’re continually failing to address anything I bring up to counter your “christ is the only reason blah blah blegh” crap, so the conversation is done. Keep denying that you’re pretending to be persecuted. The bottom line is, Cherry did something that was inappropriate for what his job entails, and he got called out for it. If he’s going to bring up his religion in a public forum, it’s FAIR GAME for criticism. That’s how the world works, little man.

  22. andrewberkshire says:

    So then Chanukah doesn’t exist? And no one in North America or Europe celebrates this season without influence of the fake birth of a baby? Are you delusional? Christmas is one day, the so called Christmas season seems to last from American thanksgiving to New years. If you honestly believe Christians have the right to lay claim to be the only reason for this season to be celebrated, this conversation is over because you’re nuts.

    Trust me, if I had the ability to “squash christianity”, I would have done so in grade 5 when I realized it was a farce.

    As for the crusades (plural) being the result of A greedy ruler? How is that? Which one? Because they were all done in the name of one man, and he wasn’t a ruler.

  23. BJT says:

    THIS is an unintelligent comment. I am actually currently in the process of growing up physically, but evidently I’m more mature than you are, initiating insults being thrown around and dropping F bombs. I’m not ‘pretending’ my beliefs are being persecuted (factually, Don Cherry’s are – you can’t deny it), I’m not even saying that mine are. YOU’RE saying that mine are. Nobody else.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  24. andrewberkshire says:

    SEASON, emphasis on SEASON. Ever heard of Chanukah? It overlaps December 25th often.

    All of this is irrelevant anyway, because you already admitted you know Jesus wasn’t born on the 25th and that it doesn’t REALLY have any real association with Christianity, so what the **** are you bitching about? You’re bitching about your right to lay absolute claim to a fake holiday you know has nothing to do with what you’re celebrating. Delusional much?

  25. BJT says:

    I’m gonna start with your last statement. Cherry is not a ‘religious lunatic’. If he is, then I can call you a pessimistic, angry, power-tripping, Christianity-squashing secularist nutball. 

    The birth of Jesus is 100% the reason for the CHRISTMAS season. Which this is. Christmas being the objective word, incase you didn’t catch that. Not ‘Judamas’. ‘CHRISTmas’. Celebrating CHRIST’s birth. Not anybody else’s.  And the the crusades were not a result of legitimate christianity, more like a greedy ruler.  (once again changing the subject there)

    Furthermore, he wasn’t running over anybody’s beliefs. He was stating a fact: The birth CHRIST is the reason for CHRISTmas, and CHRISTmas is the reason that we in North America and Europe celebrate this time of year (which I previously alluded to, incase you didn’t catch that). It is our culture’s doing. It is fact.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  26. andrewberkshire says:

    Unintelligible =/= needs to be censored. Grow up. Once again, you’re overexaggerating to pretend that you’re beliefs are being persecuted.

  27. BJT says:

    You said it was unworthy and therefore worthless. If its worthless you may as well delete it. And I’m the one overreacting? Go read some of your flip out, attack filled comments, bud.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  28. BJT says:

    By always, I am confident that she does not mean every single nanosecond in history until the beginning of time. If that’s what we mean by ‘always’ then that is the most overused word out there. And please list some religions that have a holiday on dec. 25.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  29. andrewberkshire says:

    Who said it should get deleted? Holy over-react-asaurus. All I said was that the comment was unintelligible, it’s also extremely arrogant and ignorant, so is it deserving of a well thought out response? No.

  30. andrewberkshire says:

    No, it isn’t close enough to always. Especially when other religions CURRENTLY have holidays at the same time. Always is forever, not 1600 years.

  31. andrewberkshire says:

    Saying that no one would complain about a Muslim person pointing out a holiday while everyone is complaining about a christian doing the same? I’m not sure about your grasp of the complexities and subtleties of the English language, but that’s feigning persecution my friend. No two ways about it.

    And btw, there are other religions who have holidays this time of year, ever heard of Judaism? So unlike what Cherry says, the birth of baby Jesus is NOT the only reason for the season, in fact the winter solstice would be celebrated even without the advent of Christianity, or the brutal takeover by Christianity as they assimilated or killed all the pagans in Europe. If you really don’t understand why a religious lunatic running over everyone else’s beliefs in order to prop up his own on a ***ing HOCKEY show is inappropriate, I suggest you take a minute and think it over and try again.

  32. BJT says:


    Ok gimme a break… I think the late stages of the roman era is close enough to ‘always’ that we can say that word is close enough, unless picking at the wording of people’s comments is all you can do.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  33. BJT says:

    Oh. Ok. I guess now that Andrew Berkshire and Mike Boone have decided that this apparently clearly inferior and idiotically written comment was ‘unworthy’ it may as well just get deleted, right? Tolerance indeed. Wow.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  34. BJT says:

    I’m a christian, yes, but how exactly am I pretending to be persecuted? I don’t feel persecuted at all. Way to start a discussion off with an attack, by the way. And I am fully aware there is no evidence Jesus was born in december. Christmas was originally ‘Saturnella’, a day on which Romans worshipped the sun god (they did this because the days grew shorter as we grew further away from the sun, and therefore they worshipped the sun to ‘bring it back’). This holiday was eventually ‘Christianized’ as the faith in Saturnella died off and so it was declared this now purposeless festival/holiday would be given a new cause, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In that regard it is 100% the reason for the season.

    Well, actually, Saturn is, technically. So if you want that to be your complaint give ‘er. 

    Also, none of us came on here to discuss science & religion (which I would be capable of if you really wanted to) so maybe you should keep that to yourself unless confronted with it.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  35. andrewberkshire says:

    Maybe because it was an unintelligible response unworthy of a proper reply? Nah, couldn’t be that.

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    “thats what it has always been celebrated for”

    NO IT HASN’T!!!!!! Why are christians so ignorant about this? This season has been celebrated by a TON of different religions before christianity ever existed!

  37. BJT says:

    I notice you didn’t even attempt to refute any of her points, instead resorting to mocking her spelling error & 1 of the points she made in her post.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  38. andrewberkshire says:

    Another christian pretending to be persecuted. Pathetic man, really. Christians exert their will over everyone else in North America on a daily basis, and you complain that a publicly funded HOCKEY commentator should be allowed to proclaim jesus’s birth is the one true reason for the season? Get a grip on reality, Jesus wasn’t even born in december, if he was born at all (recent historical studies have provided absolutely no evidence of his existence in history).

  39. BJT says:

    If that broadcaster were to say something along the lines of “Remember, today marks the start of Ramadan” and then proceed to talk briefly about it, you would be OK with it and you know it. I did not hear what Cherry said as I was not watching (because frankly, I think he’s a moron) but as long as he didn’t say something along the lines of “you better believe Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem on this day long ago, and if you don’t believe it you aren’t allowed to celebrate christmas!” (i.e. ‘forcing’ his beliefs upon somebody) then I don’t see why you should have a problem with it. 


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  40. Mike Boone says:

    Long live freedom of speach.

    Yes, I hate Christianity.

    You’ve got me pegged.

  41. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s funny that you’re saying everyone else got their backup when you’ve been ranting about this and trying to pretend Boone has an “agenda”. Buzz off? Not so confident in your beliefs that you can’t take some criticism.

  42. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re completely off base. Secularism is the default position in the public sphere, that’s common knowledge for anyone who know anything about politics. Just because you happen to agree with Cherry’s utterances doesn’t make them appropriate. He’s been paid by the public, and therefore should be non-committal when it comes to politics and religion when he’s performing his job.

  43. Wayne says:

    Bieska’s his fave Canuck player ya know….

  44. Wayne says:

    In a nutshell….

  45. Wayne says:

    But still 6 grades higher than CNN when Bltzer is on.

  46. habsgirl74 says:

    Why do you have such a problem with someone saying what December 25th is, thats what it has always been celebrated for, you being on here and voicing your opinion is no different than what Cherry did, to me it sounds like you have a problem with Christianity period and last i looked we have freedom of speach in this country and unless that changes anyone can coice their opinion on whatever forum they choose

  47. Mike Boone says:

    Right, that happens a lot:

    A popular national broadcaster points his finger at the camera, raises his voice and says: “This is Ramadan, and don’t you forget it!”


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