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Nov. 11, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
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The end of an era. I can’t say that he didn’t have it coming. Probably should have happened some time ago. Don is gone. Not that he ever had much of a filter, but in the last few years he had definitely lost a marble  or two. Not only has the game past him by but society as well. Even a devout fan like myself has had a hard time listening to the blather for a while now. Coach’s Corner was must watch tv for most of my life, even if I did have to put up with watching a bit of the Leafs first. I’ll still miss Coach’s Corner even if it was far beyond its best before date.

Nov. 12, 2019, 8:27 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 26, 2015

Posted by: FLATCH

The end of an era. I can’t say that he didn’t have it coming. Probably should have happened some time ago. Don is gone. Not that he ever had much of a filter, but in the last few years he had definitely lost a marble  or two. Not only has the game past him by but society as well. Even a devout fan like myself has had a hard time listening to the blather for a while now. Coach’s Corner was must watch tv for most of my life, even if I did have to put up with watching a bit of the Leafs first. I’ll still miss Coach’s Corner even if it was far beyond its best before date.

In his defense he is 85.

He gets emotional about our military overseas, was blown away when he did a bit on a guy killed in Afghanistan who I played soccer with ten years ago. Perhaps instead of treating Nov 11 like a day off to go shopping it would be nice if more people did pay attention. He just kinda went about it the wrong way.

Nov. 12, 2019, 8:49 a.m.
Posts: 1341
Joined: April 25, 2003

Plenty of 85 year olds have learned to not be racist douchebags.  He just didn't want to.  He's just a stubborn old man who won't change so he got canned.  

He has a good home on Twitter, maybe Rebel Media will pick him up too.  They seem to want him to keep going.

Nov. 12, 2019, 9:36 a.m.
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Joined: June 4, 2008

My favourite memory of Don was when he wanted to send a bunch of Canadians to their death in Iraq for American oil interests after some Saudi nationals flew a plane into a building.

Top notch guy.

Nov. 12, 2019, 9:59 a.m.
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Joined: March 15, 2013

"But he's 85!"

So he's had way more than enough time to abandon his bigotry and still chose not to. 

Being that old is not an excuse, it makes it even worse.

Nov. 12, 2019, 11:53 a.m.
Posts: 14414
Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

I kinda doubt he needed the money, he was fired from coaching jobs back in the day so I doubt its gona damage his psyche too much, coaches corner was his job to lose so who hasn't been canned from a job in their lives and ?

edit : If he had given everyone shit who didn't buy a poppy he would still have the gig but he singled out immigrants


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Nov. 12, 2019, 12:31 p.m.
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Joined: May 23, 2006

You people....sheesh.

Nov. 12, 2019, 1:31 p.m.
Posts: 560
Joined: Nov. 6, 2006

Posted by: XXX_er

I kinda doubt he needed the money,  he was fired from coaching jobs back in the day so I doubt its gona damage his psyche too much, coaches corner was his   job to lose so who hasn't been canned from a job in their lives and  ?

Me

Nov. 12, 2019, 1:35 p.m.
Posts: 32
Joined: Oct. 23, 2003

How is it possible that tropic thunder keeps getting more and more relevant.. from black face to you people. 

Suck my unit

Nov. 12, 2019, 3:02 p.m.
Posts: 197
Joined: March 6, 2017

Posted by: Adam-West

How is it possible that tropic thunder keeps getting more and more relevant.. from black face to you people. 

Suck my unit

Let's not forget White Chicks, Oh wait, that one doesnt count I guess.

Nov. 12, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Posts: 10232
Joined: June 29, 2006

I won't miss Don.  He was such a Toronto homer that I never really understood why people outside the GTA loved him so much.  His rants never made sense, he always went on about the baby Jesus at Christmas, and now this.  People can say he was passionate about the troops or whatever, but he was just a typical old white dude that didn't like how things are different and how people look and sound different.  Fewer people pay attention to Remembrance Day, but that is across the board because war is something from the history books for most people.  Sure that sucks, but you have to wonder why he went straight to immigrants and not clueless white 18-year-olds.  It is the same with Christmas.  He really thought you didn't put the Christ in Christmas you were not Canadian.

I bet Ron won't miss those cringeworthy moments.

Nov. 12, 2019, 7:57 p.m.
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Joined: April 10, 2005

Agree or disagree with him, you gotta give him credit for saying what he wants & not backing down. How many people do you know who are like that in this day & age? Not many. Most people in the world today are PC pussies who are afraid to say anything.

Personally, I think he definitely could have & should have phrased it better. Perhaps what he meant was taken out of context. His fervent patriotism got him worked up. But oh well, end of an era & life goes on. (CBC, just don't bring that punk Strombo back)

Nov. 12, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 8, 2003

Don was just speaking his mind on race and not buying into the "PC" thing.

In other words, he was a stupid person who never smartened up.

And in a rare blunt just-fuck-off-already corporate statement Sportsnet said: "In the wake of the remarks, it is the right time for him to immediately step down".


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Nov. 13, 2019, 7:55 a.m.
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Joined: April 25, 2003

Posted by: Stuminator

Agree or disagree with him, you gotta give him credit for saying what he wants & not backing down. How many people do you know who are like that in this day & age? Not many. Most people in the world today are PC pussies who are afraid to say anything.

Personally, I think he definitely could have & should have phrased it better. Perhaps what he meant was taken out of context. His fervent patriotism got him worked up. But oh well, end of an era & life goes on. (CBC, just don't bring that punk Strombo back)

Doggedly holding on to and expressing racist/xenophobic views doesn’t deserve any “credit”. 

He expressed his views perfectly. The problem was with what he said, no re-phrasing was going to fix it.

Nov. 13, 2019, 8:35 a.m.
Posts: 197
Joined: Nov. 23, 2002

Posted by: tashi

Doggedly holding on to and expressing racist/xenophobic views doesn’t deserve any “credit”. 

He expressed his views perfectly. The problem was with what he said, no re-phrasing was going to fix it.

To be honest I get his passion for our vets and the point he was wanting to make about poppies, he just did a shitty job of conveying it. His comments definitely had racial undertones, but I don't think he was being purposely racist. However, that doesn't make his comment any less egregious. I think the worst thing for him is that while he recognizes that his comments upset people, he doesn't seem to understand why. At least there has been some good public discussion over it all.

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