GREEN IS THE COLOR, POLITICS IS THE GAME Shorter Gene Makowsky: Sure, I’m running for the SaskParty in Regina Dewdney, but you actually expect me to, you know … go out and campaign? (CBC Saskatchewan) Meet voters? Old school, especially when the Leader-Post does two pages on my new career in todays paper, and TSN will gush about me being a great guy …
AND WINNING IS OUR AIM At least Makowsky deflected attention from an issue the SaskParty government would rather not talk about … (Regina Leader-Post)
OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT Hello, police? I’d like to report a crime. (Globe and Mail) A guy was on television yesterday spouting off on how someone needing to be killed. Uttering threats is a Criminal Code offense, isn’t it?
FUHRER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD If the proposed Rogers deal to buy the Maple Leafs (along with the Marlies, Raptors, Toronto FC, and the Air Canada Centre) from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund goes through (Toronto Star), that could mean the end of Hockey Night in Canada. (TorStar) And that will probably mean the end of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as it loses its biggest source of revenue. apart from the federal government.
LAST TRIBUTE TO LESLIE NIELSEN Everybody knows that Nielsen’s acting career took a 180 degree turn as he starred as the doctor in Airplane. Fewer realize that the movie was actually based on a film written by a Canadian, Arthur Hailey, called Flight Into Danger (the main difference was that what was being played straight in the original was having the piss taken out of it in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker version). So it was with, arguably, the greatest comedy show in the history of North American network television, Police Squad. It was a send-up of every 60s and early 70s cop show you might have seen, with a special emphasis on M Squad, (Wikipedia) a half-hour film-noir cop show set in Chicago and starring Lee Marvin. Watch the opening and don’t tell me you weren’t expecting to see Frank Drebin come out of that old car.