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A8 Friday, April 26, 2013 - The Morning Star

Opinion

Inform yourself, and vote

Ian Jensen – Publisher Glenn Mitchell – Managing Editor

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Body injuries

f I was a professional athlete, I would be diagnosed the same as Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider. I have a body injury. In my case, I have no problems about being open and honest with my ailments. My shoulders hurt. My hamstrings hurt. My back hurts. My left hip hurts. The fourth toe on my right foot always feels like it’s asleep. Sometimes even what hair I have left on the top of my head hurts. But what’s ailing Schneider is, of course, a mystery. It was announced Wednesday by head coach Alain Vigneault that Schneider, the Canucks Roger Knox No. 1 goalie, suffered an injury in a win Monday over arch-nemesis Chicago, and would not start Thursday at home against Anaheim. All Vigneault would say is that Schneider had a body injury and is listed as “day-to-day.” Canucks beat reporters, sharp people that they are, pressed Vigneault. “Is it upper body or lower body?” Vigneault bit his upper lip before finally cracking into laughter. “Body,” he said. “That’s all you’re going to get.” Vigneault was not going to diagnose what was actually wrong with Schneider (nor would his teammates divulge what happened Monday) because this is the so-called unwritten code in hockey. God forbid you should tell a reporter or the fans that pay the exorbitant ticket prices the exact extent of an injury. Such news, if leaked, could apparently give the next opponent an incredible advantage. If memory serves, this upper- and lowerbody nonsense started with an injury to some key player during the Stanley Cup playoffs. It has since carried over into training camp and

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regular season injury woes. In my previous life as a sports broadcaster and sports writer, nothing bothered me more than covering hockey teams and failing to get significant answers to injury questions. A guy would be helped off the ice after suffering an apparent injury to, say, his leg. The player needs two teammates to help him off the ice and everybody in the building can see the player can’t put pressure on the leg. “So, coach, about Smith’s leg injury. What can you tell me?” I would ask. “It’s a lower body injury,” the coach would reply. “Could you be more specific?” “No.” “Is it broken? Is it the knee? Ligament damage? Severe sprain?” “It’s a lower-body injury, I’m not a doctor,” the coach would reply. Naturally, I’d get phone calls at work from fans asking if I knew the inside skinny on Smith’s leg injury. “All the coach would say is it’s a lower-body injury.” Hockey is the only sport that this happens. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III left an NFL playoff game against Seattle because of a knee injury, not a lower body problem. Wednesday night, Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lim ran into a Oklahoma City Thunder forward and had to leave his NBA playoff game with a bruised chest muscle, not an upper-body injury. Baseball pitchers, for goodness sake, are taken out of games because of blisters on their fingers, and that’s what reporters get told. It would, I suppose, be cool if we could use the upper-lower-body issue in our everyday lives. “Uh, sorry, Glenn, I can’t come in today and finish the column. I have an upper-body injury.” “Upper-body? What is it?” “I don’t know. I’m not a doctor.”

It’s definitely an acquired taste, to sit and listen to election candidates square off in debate. It’s usually a lot of party bashing, and boasting for their own, but the most recent forums in Vernon have proven to be an exception. Despite the odd under-handed remark, all of the candidates were well-behaved. It’s refreshing to see everyone playing so nicely. While many would still rather not sit through any form of political debate, it is the first step in any democratic process. The only way to be informed is get out there and hear the views of each of the candidates. It’s not enough to simply pick orange or blue because you’re sick of red, or keep red as the better of all three evils. Read the newspapers, listen to the radio talk shows, search out party platforms and attend the forums - if you can. Lucky for Vernon-Monashee voters, there are plenty of opportunities to hear the candidates. Back-to-back forums took place Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Then there are two more opportunities next week: Monday at the Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at Lumby’s White Valley Community Centre at 6 p.m. Over in the Shuswap riding there are also two forums next week: Tuesday at the Enderby Seniors Complex at 7 p.m. and Wednesday in Armstrong at the Centennial Theatre at 7. But even if you get out to a forum or follow it up in the newspaper, none of it matters if you don’t get out and vote. The provincial election is May 14, with advance voting May 8 to 11. It’s hoped that voter turnout won’t be as dismal as it was at the recent referendum.

Vernon Morning Star, April 26, 2013  

April 26, 2013 edition of the Vernon Morning Star