Johnny Bower, 1924–2017


The Grey Cup and Other Things

Exhibition Stadium in 1959 [CNE Archives, Public Domain]

In the wake of yesterday’s Grey Cup, a few things came to my mind:

  • gridiron football in the snow is amazing
  • all future Grey Cups should be played in the snow
  • the last two times the Grey Cup has been played in the snow were both won by the Toronto Argonauts
  • the Maritimes deserve a CFL team or two
  • the CFL is the last North American major league that has resisted merging with its US counterpart
  • Canadian interest in NFL has steadily increased over the years while American interest in the NFL has declined
  • CTE remains is a huge issue that must be resolved
  • the CFL should see a viewership increase after this game, but
  • the CFL has seen its audience shrunk tremendously over the past few decades
  • the Argos used to have bigger digs than BMO Field


Fmr. FBI Director James Comey’s Testimony to the US Senate Intelligence Committee

I read James Comey’s prepared statement last night, after it was released to and analyzed by mainstream US news outlets. But seeing is far different from reading.

Also, has it been less than a year since millions hated this man for interfering with the US presidential election by digging up the case-closed Hillary Clinton email server investigation prior to voting?

Ah, what strange-bedfellows politics makes.

1972 Summit Series Souvenir

A little something that I found while researching the 1972 Summit Series back in December 2016, a complaint letter from the Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau about the exclusion of Bobby Hull, who then played in the WHA.

Source: National Archives of Canada/ Hockey Canada Fonds/ MG28-I263/ e001217383

1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass Designer Edition

A 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass edition with vinyl top and opera windows (Future Classics)

The last of the mammoth, gas-guzzling American cars, the Lincoln Continental Mark V represented a peak of American opulence and excess. From the concealed headlights to the huge 7.5 litre V8 engine, from its 19.5 foot frame to its 2.2 tonne weight, from its CB radio option to styling by four major fashion houses, the Mark V established records that still stand today, e.g. 7 MPG on average! One did not simply drive a Continental Mark V… one steered it.

I’ve been particularly drawn to the anachronistic but über-handsome nautical-themed 1979 Bill Blass edition and I’ve tried to track one down as my weekend driver.

Waterloo 200: the 1st Polish Light Horse-Lancers of the Imperial Guard

“Elba Squadron of the 1st Light Horse Regiment Polish Lancers of the Imperial Guard” by Jan Chełmiński

Then Napoleon said, “I count on you. In case of certain danger, I want you to kill me rather than let me be captured.”

Many Poles flocked to join Napoleon’s armies during the Napoleonic Wars. Some of these Poles wanted a taste of battle against the Austrians, the Prussians, and the Russians. Other Poles saw Napoleon as a force of humane and enlightened republicanism in face of arbitrary and tyrannical aristocracies. And still other Poles saw Napoleon as the only one who could resurrect an independent Kingdom of Poland. Regardless of his motives (regional politics, global republicanism, Polish sovereignty or valuable hostages), Napoleon did not turn these volunteers away.