The Danger Zone: Getting the year started
Concussions, Cougars and professional ball hockey
Bobby Danger Jones
Welcome to the first rendition of the Danger Zone, where you can see what’s on my mind or if not stop reading.
Bracing yourself for another scholastic beat down? I know I sure am — while we’re on the topic of beat-downs, how about the NFL having to dish out a cool $770 million to concussion sufferers?
I may be a bit jaded to say it, but in about 30 years Dana White may have a pile of you know what to deal with. Think about every fighter that is knocked out, they’re not just concussed, they’re knocked the fuck out!!! If there is no long term brain injury from that I’d be amazed. Speaking of getting knocked the fuck out, if I hear “twerk” come out one more newscasters politically correct mouth I’m going to snap.
How about team Canada flying all the potential players out for a ball hockey game and team bonding. Yup, a ball hockey game; where the only injury could be from a car rolling through the rink.
The justification is there is just too much money running around out there and God forbid they got a bruise. What, are these guys made of glass? Are they a commodity or an athlete? How un-Canadian is that; we play hockey, we get hurt, there is a way to go “easy” on one another, I’m sure they don’t want to throw down and crush each other through the boards. Just some shinny you know? Come on ball hockey!?
But enough about that. On a more serious topic, 2013 is the second season of the Cougar’s competing in the CIS West and the newly established rivalry between MRU and the U of C. I had the privilege of covering the Crowchild Classic last year at the inaugural puck-drop at Saddledome.
The women’s team put up a valiant effort against Wickenheiser’s squad and the Men’s game was hard hitting end to end action and ended in a Cougar victory. This year the Dome should be packed, but let’s not forget every clash between the cougars and Dino’s in all 8 sport is counted toward winning the “medal”, a coveted manhole cover (which resides at the University of Calgary) will go to the winning institute.
Our student population needs to get out and support the Cougars and the responsibility falls on the shoulders of those responsible for marketing the team to the masses. Student awareness has to be increased and more aggressively promoted through various platforms. As sports editor I can only do so much, so I leave it to you the reader. If anyone has marketing ideas to help the Cougars get more fans out to games, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can pass on whatever feedback I receive to those who need it.