Recent Comments by Judas

Denis Coderre: Va te faire cuire un oeuf!

billsaysthis, you're on to something. Even though the concept of many human races has proven to be false, the word has remained to mean skin color. In French, the term race can be used to mean different cultural groups. Somewhat archaic, but still used. Why is this important? Because Coderre made his original declaration in French. gpsm, you're right, I was way off. It's not an insult, it's a compliment. in fact, my French-speaking black friends tell me it's just as much fun being called one or the other. rcade, the point is that Coderre is defending people from Canada, and not people from France. The difference there is huge, not subtle.

posted by Judas at 09:52 AM on January 18, 2006

Denis Coderre: Va te faire cuire un oeuf!

Nah, fuckin' Frenchman is probably not a racial slur. Fuckin' nigger probably isn't either, right? chico, I agree with you: Coderre is probably trying to get some positive attention since federal elections are coming up. When the NHL inquiry is made public and the real culprit is exposed, it'll probably backfire.

posted by Judas at 04:08 PM on January 17, 2006

Denis Coderre: Va te faire cuire un oeuf!

Word is that Ladislav Nagy actually made the comment, which is why Doan doesn't want to retract. Referee Auger probably just misjudged who uttered the slur. By the by, rcade, he's not accused of a making disparaging comment against the French, but against francophones, which is an entirely different thing (although the Habs do have the only French player in the league). Further, the first letter of a word is not capitalized in a French title. Just sayin'. . .

posted by Judas at 04:05 PM on January 17, 2006

Chicoutimi -- it apparently means "racist knobs" in French

Weedy, I don't know where you get your information from, but there is plenty of written English in Québec, and a lot of places STILL aren't bilingual. The simple fact that you seem to be confusing the French and Québécois people leaves me skeptical about your point of view. Also, it should be noted that the Québécois were the 26th highest-paid ehtnic-group in Québec up th the seventies - because they didn't speak English! This is just the first generation of people in Québéc who can get a good education, work and otherwise live in their language, in their own moores, and not being discriminated against (much like African-Americans in the U.S.A., which is where the comparison comes from). You say that they get to collect their own taxes. Why wouldn't they? They aren't a sub-group, are they? All this backstory makes it even more perplexing that people who've been discriminated against would do the same to other people. Believe me, people cringed when this story was shown on the news, but it makes me wonder as to how many would have participated would they have been there the night it happened in Chicoutimi. Finally, good Doctor, a Native Canadian once told me that even that term is racist, as that group comprises many different nations which shoudn't be lumped together! Oi vey, a complex issue indeed. . .

posted by Judas at 04:12 PM on December 21, 2005

USA First Team to Reveal Hockey Olympians

This team would get easily beaten by Équipe Québec ;-)

posted by Judas at 08:25 AM on December 21, 2005

Vitali Klitschko Ends Boxing Career Ahead of Rahman Fight

TC, glad you pointed that out for me. Here I was thinking that I'd gone through a big deal, that all the pain I'd been through, not being able to walk for the first two weeks even on my good leg, the six months of rehab in physiotherapy and in the gym, the surgery, the stay at the hospital with another two weeks of not being able to walk and the other six months of physiotherapy and gym work post-surgery were a big deal. I must have been mistaken. Mind you, it's been two years since the operation and I still have to hit the gym in order to keep my knee working perfectly, which it does. No big deal then, you're right. What was I thinking? Of course, I trust that you are aware that his operation was a success and that his doctor has prescribed a six month rest period - without any training - before considering a return. Klitschko's doctor must also be in on it: it's a ducking conspiracy!

posted by Judas at 09:46 AM on November 11, 2005

Vitali Klitschko Ends Boxing Career Ahead of Rahman Fight

sinisterfoot, I think Klitschko has been ducking Rahman recently, but not this time. I got a torn miniscus, and believe me, it hurts so much you want to be shot. It usually takes six months to recover from that (with an operation along the way). The WBC only gave him three months in which to reschedule the fight. It doesn't add up. Remember that he also tore up a shoulder against Chris Byrd. If his ligaments start acting up like that, in the wrong way (as I fear might be happening in James Toney's case), he might be very well advised to retire. Which brings us to another subject: his legacy. I've never been fond of him nor have I ever detested the guy. He's a good boxer, I like to see him fight, but I don't long for his fights. That being said, I just realized that he has a fantastic record: 35-2 with 34 knock outs. His only two losses came from fights with Byrd, in which he tore his shoulder, and from Lennox Lewis, the best heavyweight of his generation. There really is no shame in either loss. And he knocked everybody else except for one guy! Yet, he doesn't stand out, in my mind at least, as one of the greats of his era. Why is that? Because he fought mostly abroad? He didn't fight often against stiff competition? Something else? All of the above? What will he be rememberd as, if he is remembered at all?

posted by Judas at 07:33 AM on November 11, 2005

MacInnis, Francis, Messier, Larionov and Stevens. Pick 4.

The only things Al MacInnis has on Scott Stevens are a Norris trohpy, a higher PPG ratio and a harder slapshot. Stevens, on the other hand, won two more Stanley Cups and was a leader and a captain for years on a level MacInnis never really achieved. Plus, Stevens had a an uncomparable physical game. The stats which matter point to Stevens being better, and so do the intangibles. Don't get me wrong, I'd take MacInnis on my team any day - right after Stevens. As for chicobangs' proposition that MacInnis was the best defenseman in the game for the better part of a decade, I wonder which decade that was. It wasn't one in which Raymond Bourque played, that's for sure, as Bourque retired 2nd all-time for assists in the NHL and had a superior defensive game than MacInnis had. Finally, for your consideration, may I also remind gspm (and everyone else) that Vincent Damphousse will also be eligible in 2007? He did retire as the 38th best scorer in NHL history. . .

posted by Judas at 05:24 PM on November 07, 2005

CFL player arrested for sexual assault, also HIV positive

T$PORT4lawschool, I'd like to know what you mean by writing that it is a crime in America. Do you mean America in the broad sense of the word (as the crime took place in Canada and will be tried there) or are you just saying that if it had happened in the U.S.A., it would have been handled in the manner you described?

posted by Judas at 08:11 AM on October 31, 2005