OK. I admit it. I’m a Trekkie. As a kid I was entranced by Science Fiction. Issac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a semi-utopian “federation” of planets…without our obsession with money and power, egalitarian and free…or so I thought. I’ll admit I don’t remember it striking me at the time (it was 50 years ago, after all)…but THIS clip strongly suggests SOME members of the United Federation of Planets are more privileged than others:
Still a kid at heart, I remain a die-hard egalitarian. So despite my love of Spock, Kirk, Bones and the crew of the Enterprise, part of me cringes as Bones sticks his tongue out with class-lust: the bone-tickling knowledge that you’re better off than your fellow human. It disgusts me…frankly. And as the Alouettes have proven, there’s more than one definition of the word “rank”.
A couple days ago I had a “set to” with a few folks over at “Herb’s Place” (the comment section at the Montreal Gazette). Some goof was impressed with Calvillo throwing another hissy fit, and declared that AC was showing the qualities needed to make him a GREAT Head Coach. I set him straight, and was bombarded with another shitstorm of bruised Calvillo puppy-love hearts. I was insulted, accused by apparent MORONS of “not knowing anything about football” and there was some obscure comment about my not making a sound until the next holiday…whatever THAT can possibly mean.
Years ago, when I was WARNING folks ON A DAILY BASIS of the perils of NOT giving our backup quarterbacks sufficient time to develop, I was subjected to the EXACT same insanity. Apparently, ANYTHING criticizing Anthony Calvillo ALWAYS will raise the “pitchfork and torches” ire of a certain segment of this city’s population.
THIS fact, above all others, I think explains Herb Zurkowski’s BULLSHIT puff pieces, endorsing the party line, Kevin Glenn’s HELLISH record so far in Montreal, and the Poppvillo agenda in toto.
But even Herb (sarcastically…I think/hope/pray) alludes to “the day when AC becomes Head Coach”…as if it is a “fait accomplie”. No matter that under Calvillo as OC the Alouettes are now 5-13 (or that Charlie Taaffe had won 25 GAMES before he lost his 13th). No matter that AC hasn’t shown the SLIGHTEST talent as a coach, and from all reports (from Herb AND others), Calvillo is stubborn, intractable…and has just declared that things will now be done “My way or the HIGHWAY”. The EXACT same expression my Dad used to intimidate me as a teenager.
NONE of this matters because Anthony Calvillo is fated to become Head Coach of this team…ASSUMING he doesn’t run this franchise into it’s 3rd (and FINAL?) FAILURE before he gets there.
The inevitability of the thing can’t help reminding one of how construction contracts are handed out in this province. I feel (on a daily basis) like a guy who keeps handing in the best bid, ONLY to have the job handed over to the guy’s second cousin, on his mother’s side. Corruption is so endemic in this culture…we don’t even notice it anymore.
Well I’m sorry. Calvillo is a LOUSY offensive-coordinator. After 18 games (a full season, if hyphenated) we can CERTAINLY make THAT determination.
So NOW we’re stuck with a MEDIOCRE quarterback…WHO MUST be in there because he’s the ONLY QB Calvillo is comfortable with…a WORSE offensive-coordinator who’s there because fate, the GODS or our ineffable bunny love has WILLED it so…and a HORRENDOUS head coach who’s there because NO SANE HEAD COACH would put up with this LUNACY.
I’ve NEVER put this wish to “paper” before this…because my ARDENT love for the Alouettes makes it a painful…if necessary sentiment BUT: I SINCERELY HOPE THE ALOUETTES LOSE TONIGHT, AND AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO RID OURSELVES OF THE PARASITES WHO HAVE TAKEN HOLD OF THIS TEAM.
Who can blame me for HATING everyone concerned, for forcing me to choose against my OWN team, IF only for the BEST of reasons.
“Dammit Jim. I’m a fan, not a turncoat!”
BTW-Als win and they’re in a virtual tie for 2nd, 1 point out of 1st.