Shake up in Leaf Land… TML Trade Caption Dion Phanuef to the Ottawa Senators in a 9-player deal


Just when I finished telling people that the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to forge forward with Captain Dion Phanuef, the team proves me wrong as they ship out Caption Dion, along with Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghey to the Ottawa Senators for Jared Cowan, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, Tobias Lindberg and a 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft.

Early reports indicate that neither team will be eating salary from their departed players.

I’m a bit, okay a lot surprised that the Buds found a taker for Dion’s salary which represents a $7-million cap hit through the 2020-2021 NHL campaign.

Clearly the Leafs are serious about re-building for good (finally) and while I’m not a fan of Dion, I certainly can appreciate the difficulty of playing in Toronto and being named captain so quickly.  With Karlsson the bona-fide #1 defenseman / rover in Ottawa and Boroweicki the tough-to-play-against hit machine, Phaneuf will fit in just fine there on the 2nd line where his value and contribution will be significant.

This is a great deal for both teams, as the Leafs get rid of salary, they get a 2nd round pick, and they get younger.

The Sens get a stud who will shine in Ottawa as they serve notice to the league that they are for real!

Question: Who will the next captain of the TML be?

Don’t Be a Twit on Twitter: Twitter adds tougher language to ban on hateful conduct, threats


It’s been a couple of weeks now since Twitter changed their rules of conduct to highlight the fact that violent threats and abusive behaviour are not tolerated, and I have to say I have noticed a bit of a difference.

Normally in my newsfeed I come across a few threads which are full out battles which include threats, racist or hate speech, negative stereotypes being used and full-on hate for someone because of how they were born.

So while I am seeing a reduction in this type of behaviour from nitwits, I’m not sure how these rules reduce the threat of extremists from using Twitter to recruit members and promote their illegal activities.

Personally, I’d like to see a case come up and then see how Twitter handles it.  The proof really is in the pudding, right?

The company has said: “The updated language emphasizes that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice. As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs — but we will continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse.”

So what has changed?  Well, the new language gives Twitter the authority to suspend or shutter any user account that engages in “hateful conduct” or whose “primary purpose is inciting harm towards others.”

But it’s not that this was allowed before, right?  Twitter has always said that users could not promote or threaten violence, but the new wording broadens the scope, by using language under “hateful conduct” like this:  “You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.”

The new policy also explicitly bans the creating of multiple accounts which contain the same users so that if one account is suspended the bad guys just use another account right away.

Ideally, the other thing Twitter needs to look at is the long inactive accounts which people want, and to open up a service whereby for either a small fee – possibly a donation – or by making a compelling case, they will close the inactive account and provide access to users who really want or need them for, I don’t know, their blogs maybe.

In my case, to be specific, the ideal twitter handle only had a few posts over a couple of years and then has fallen silent for the last 3 years, whereas I’ve been blogging under this name for over 11-years.  I’d love to get my hands on that account to clean up my social media but the owner of that account does not respond and Twitter does not do anything.

But I digress!

If people cannot be nice to each other and polite online, understanding that they are unlikely to change anyone’s view in 140 characters and with hateful language, they deserve to have their accounts pulled.

I hope to see Twitter take action and when they do, I hope it sends a message to the haters to lighten up and start being nice, or find another service.

 

 

Daddy, do you like being left-handed?


My oldest son, Linus, just asked me if I like being left-handed.

{After my devil horns sharpened up, and my fangs came out, I waved my hand towards a passing car and it was immediately engulfed into a ball of flames…}

“Yup”, was my response.

“Have you ever been teased for being left-handed?” he asked.

“Yup”, was my response.

Then I sat him on my lap, explained to him that in University, I convinced the student government to provide me with an office and annual funding so that I could run a left-handed student’s association because it’s an important issue.

“Really?”, he asked in disbelief.

“Yup”, I responded.

Then we went through the ins and outs of being left-handed – just the Coles-notes version – and we both concluded that to be left-handed means I’m special because I learned to tie my shoes, open doors with my right-hand, use a mouse right-handed and cut with scissors in my right hand.

Again in disbelief, he said, “Really?”

So I showed him.

Then I looked him in the eyes and said exactly what he needs to know about us southpaws;

“Everyone is born right-handed, but the greatest overcome it!”left handed

Case closed!

Right-handed, of course.

Lemmy from Motorhead has died! His Life Comes with a Parental Advisory: Kids Don’t Try This At Home!


Here is an example of how parenting evolves as our kids get older;

Just before the new year came news that Motörhead frontman Ian Kilmister, simply known as “Lemmy” had died after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.  Kilmister – famous for his handlebar moustache, villians cowboy hat, mutton chops and a mole on his face was 70-years-old.

As I sat down to write this post, I realized at that time that I was not a Motorhead fan.  I didn’t really like their “big” hit, “Ace of Spades” and to be honest, I really knew nothing about the band until they penned the theme song for then WWE superstar Triple H / Now CEO of WWE, Hunter Hurst Helmsley.

Doing some research I learned and interesting fact about Lemmy, that he was once a roadie for legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and that he formed Motörhead in 1975 after being kicked out of a band named Hawkwind.  I learned that Hawkwind was a space-rock outfit so warped, that their lead singer/poet once came onstage in a witch’s hat and attacked Lemmy with a sword.  I can’t see how he would have fit in with an outfit like that.

After all, Motörhead did okay for themselves, releasing 22 studio albums over 38 years.

But with all that what people were really talking about was the fact that Lemmy loved being on the road – claims he slept with over 1000 women – but he also claimed he was going to sell his facial warts on eBay (UGH!).  He loved the drugs and the booze and I remember reading somewhere that by 1980, his doctor told him, “You don’t have human blood any more. And you can’t give blood, either. Forget it, you’d kill the average person because you’re so toxic.”

He did “claim” in recent years to have given up his daily regimen of a bottle of Jack Daniels with Coke – in favour of vodka with healthy orange juice.

Yes, Lemmy passed away at 70-years-old, and by all accounts because of his partying and lack of attention to his health, its amazing that he did.  I feel it’s important to have that conversation with our children who hear about people like Lemmy and think that it’s okay to treat their bodies this way, because it’s just not true.

Word on the street was that Lemmy died sitting at home in front of his favourite video game.  He played rock music and he loved WWII memorabilia.  He might seem to be a rock g-d to adults who grew up thinking that was cool – but to the younger generation I think we owe it to them to also let them know both sides of everyone, and that as he aged, Lemmy had to cancel shows due to a hematoma, respiratory issues, and a heart condition for which he was fitted with a defibrillator.

Years of abuse caught up to him.  He forgot lyrics to songs, and walked off stage at concerts because he couldn’t do it anymore.

Fans of the band from back in the day and fans from their recent WWE success will mourn the musician and curious fans will read about Lemmy, the rock legend.  Hopefully there are articles about him which present both sides of the man and comes with a warning message to children…

Kids.  Don’t try this at home!