Wednesday, November 4, 2009

USA Today Column Strikes A Nerve...

If you happen to know of Justin Bourne, you probably already recognize the young man most certainly has a way with words. You can find a link to Bourne's Blog over on the left side of your screen. Justin is the son of former NHLer and Stanley Cup champion, Bob Bourne, a player I watched during his junior career with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. I had been monkeying around with my own blog when a member at Shannon Lake turned me on to Bourne's Blog this past season. Strangely, at the time, the member was wearing a yellow hat, so maybe I was destined to become just another curious George? Justin also writes for USA Today, a column called "Other Side of the Glass". Inevitably, penning a subjective column on the broad landscape touched by USA Today will occasionally make one responsible for arousing the audience. And indeed, it happened this week when his informed commentary touched on gay slurs in hockey.
I think it's a good read, interesting stuff, and beyond the delicate issue, also a great way for a writer to make a name for himself. The fallout from his USA Today piece is also educational in itself. Kudos to Justin for taking on the subject.

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