SCENE & HEARD: It was one of those golden moments in sports radio when the host realizes he has hit a nerve with his intermission guest and there is no need for interrupting with any questions. On the night of the Vancouver Giants resoundingly successful Teddy Bear Toss last week, Brook Ward on Team 1040 asked Michael Buble` his thoughts on the NHL lockout. Part of the Giants’ ownership group, the world-renowned recording artist was home for a pre-Christmas family visit and let fly without missing a beat:
“I think it’s disgusting. I think the owners are disgusting and I think Gary Bettman is disgusting. Listen, if they don’t come back this year I hope people boycott. I really do.
“As a hockey fan who loves the game, it’s the grossest thing in the world to be pooped on like this. They couldn’t care less about how we feel. A guy like Bettman thinks – egotistically – that hockey will be fine and we’re just a bunch of dummies who’ll come back no matter how expensive tickets are. Well, I don’t think we’re a bunch of dummies. I think we’ve been completely screwed on this one.
“You can tell I’m not happy. I think it’s horrible.”
Ward, a veteran of the broadcasting wars, wisely sat back and let the crooner croon. It was vintage radio.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: For Sue Griffin and her hard-working staff at the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Christmas is indeed the happiest time of the year. Following many exhausting selection committee meetings and eventual approvals from the Board of Trustees – all of them volunteers – the pre-Christmas telephone calls go out to those teams, builders, athletes, pioneers and media informing them they are among the latest list of inductees. The Class of 2013 will be announced Jan. 22 with the 45th annual Banquet of Champions set for Sept. 19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
SHORT HOPS: Prince of Wales grad and former UBC basketball conference all-star Eric Butler is a big believer in life’s pay forward philosophy. Butler pursued a pro career in Europe with stops in France, England, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland over a 10-year span. Today he is a proud member of the Delta firefighters family and has introduced a unique program at the Arbutus Club for young players called Split Second Basketball. Butler welcomes inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
END ZONE: Kalli Quinn, director of the women’s program for Hockey Canada, paid a surprise Christmas visit to her parents in West Vancouver prior to leaving Friday for Finland and the Under -18 world championships. From there she heads for Germany and an Under-22 tournament before visiting Austria for IOC meetings in preparation for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Kalli’s mom Sandra, wife of Pat, has grown accustomed over the years to family hockey travels.
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