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It’s not an event I’ve been invited to, which is totally understandable and entirely fine with me; I can only imagine the difficulty the panel has each year trying to figure out who might be deserving of what is generally considered the year-end honour in Canada.
Something of that magnitude – and it is important in many ways — needs to encompass such things as being inspirational, to include a level of over-achievement, to embody much more than medals or a title.
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Penny Oleksiak, Andre De Grasse, Rosie MacLennan, Erica Wiebe all vaulted into our consciousness in Rio at the Games and, thanks to the timing of their exploits and medals they will get consideration. They performed their best when everything was on the line and that has to be a huge part of anyone winning such an honour as the Lou Marsh.
But if I was in the room and part of the discussion, there’s one name I’d throw out and would then hope to hear it echoed by others.
Remember him? I hope so.
He was the Rio Olympics racewalker caught up in one of the great controversies of the Games (Kerry’s day-of story spells it out quite clearly) who caught our imagination and attention like few others.
The way he handled it – refusing to go through a futile appeals process because he knew what was right (read the statement he gave late that day) – and his pride he showed for what he’d done was enough to satisfy him.
I remember sitting at a media availability with him the day after his race and coming away incredibly impressed with him; he was proud of what he was and what he’d done and hoped that Canada would be as well.
I think it would be an upset of epic proportions if he were to win the Lou Marsh and whomever the panel picks will undoubtedly be worthy.
But for the total package – determination, skill, an example to be set for others, bringing pride to himself and his sport – Dunfee would be my choice.
Okay, less than two weeks to Christmas – I should start thinking about gifts for all the loved ones, right? – so we may as well get in the festive spirit, even if it takes being dragged screaming and kicking there.
You know that She Who Supports Arsenal and I will be all over the MLS Cup and what happened when we tape I’ll Have Another today.
Until then, let this be said:
I figure we’ll eventually do a poll, likely off today’s show, that asks which of these ways is best:
I’d go with the former because the latter is also a bastardization of the game but I could support each because I think something other than the basic luck of penalties should determine the outcome.
Speaking of I’ll Have Another, bet we can still sneak in some Listener Mail for this morning ‘cause it’s going to take forever to drive downtown in this weather since people forget how to drive from one winter to the next.
So get ahold of us somehow – if you tweeter Number Sign IHAPodcast someone will find it – and we’ll see what we can do.