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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Maple Ridge: Larry Walker ‘crushed’ by torch snub

Probably not as crushed as that poor dude found on his property…but hey it’s the dopey Winter Olympics!

Torchbearers included the likes of Today Show host Matt Lauer, NBA all-star Steve Nash and actor Donald Sutherland, leaving the father of a Canadian sports legend to wonder why his son wasn’t asked to take part.

According to Larry Walker Sr., his son and Maple Ridge native, Larry Walker Jr., was “crushed” that he wasn’t asked to take part in the torch relay, even the bit through his home town.

“To the very least, he should have been asked to be a torchbearer in the Maple Ridge run,” Larry Sr. said. “It’s not a television personality competition, it’s an athletic competition.”

He said his son felt snubbed.

In an email to his father, Larry Jr. writes: “I was kinda crushed by not being asked. Guess holding almost every offensive record in Canadian history isn’t good enough!”

...In his email, Larry Jr. said that a lot of work went into picking people for the torch run and he couldn’t believe that not only was he overlooked, but so was another famous Maple Ridge athlete, MHL hall of fame inductee Cam Neely.

“We’re ticked off he wasn’t asked,” Larry Sr. said. “Stat for stat, it’s just common sense. I mean, we see Donald Sutherland running the torch, who is a great actor, but he’s not an athelete.”

Repoz Posted: February 17, 2010 at 05:32 AM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: February 17, 2010 at 05:56 AM (#3461807)
Damn, that MHL hall of fame is tough to get into. Cam Neely is the only guy I've ever heard of who's in.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: February 17, 2010 at 06:10 AM (#3461814)
Matt Lauer is Canadian? Donald Sutherland can still run?
   3.  Posted: February 17, 2010 at 06:18 AM (#3461817)
Donald Sutherland can still run?


Better than Larry Walker, I take it.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 17, 2010 at 06:24 AM (#3461818)
Walker usually missed a lot of time during Olympic years, probably due to torch snub crushing injuries.
   5. J. Michael Neal Posted: February 17, 2010 at 06:31 AM (#3461822)
Damn, that MHL hall of fame is tough to get into.


Particularly since there isn't even an NHL Hall of Fame. It's the Hockey Hall of Fame, and they induct people from all leagues, including the old Soviet one. Women are going to start being inducted any year now.
   6. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 17, 2010 at 06:34 AM (#3461825)
Yeah, it's in the basement of a mall. The only hall of fame I've ever been to.
   7. Snowboy Posted: February 17, 2010 at 07:30 AM (#3461832)
Post an ongoing Winter Olympics thread, already.

(If some don't like it, they simply don't have to click. Like Lounge, NBA PLayoffs, etc, we have off-topic threads. What's the harm? We'll get to talk Olympics, and learn about how not to be fooled by the dentist or something, and Jim will get paid. Win-Win. Not Winn.)
   8. Good cripple hitter Posted: February 17, 2010 at 07:43 AM (#3461834)
Yeah, it's in the basement of a mall. The only hall of fame I've ever been to.


That makes it sound so sketchy, like it's the CFL Hall of Fame. I used to love going to the Hockey Hall when I was younger. There's so much there that I liked: the amateur hockey wing, the collection of goalie masks, the trophy room, the announcer's booth where you can do you own call of Bobby Orr's famous goal... Only bad trip was when I was there on a high school field trip and the security guys told us that the Stanley Cup in the Hall is a fake.

Edit: Also, if Larry's dad is sending his son's personal emails to the media without his consent, that's terrible. As is snubbing Walker for the torch run.
   9. God Posted: February 17, 2010 at 08:42 AM (#3461842)
I miss watching Larry Walker play.

That is all.
   10. Flynn Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM (#3461846)
Considering Wayne Gretzky's vast Olympic experience allowed him to light the torch and Larry is from BC, he's got a point.
   11. PerroX Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM (#3461847)
How's he gonna feel when he's booted off the ballot for Cooperstown?

Have paramedics on standby.
   12. simon bedford Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM (#3461849)
well to be fair , Gretzky does have some olympic experience and as to who is the more famous in Canadian eyes ,which I tihnk is the real issue,,its no contest
   13. Jamal Touch em All Posted: February 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM (#3461868)
Gretzky also picked a pretty bad team in Turino, that's gotta go as a black mark against him as far as Olympics are concerned.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM (#3461872)
If some don't like it, they simply don't have to click.


I look forward to the threads on knitting, the Bulgarian army, and child pornography that are sure to follow under the same rationale.

Don't like 'em? Just don't click!
   15. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: February 17, 2010 at 03:17 PM (#3461970)
Arnold Schwarzenegger in.

Larry Walker out.

That about sums up the logic behind the Torch Relay.
   16. Paul D(uda) Posted: February 17, 2010 at 03:18 PM (#3461969)
I wouldn't classify the Hockey Hall of Fame as 'in the basement of a mall'.
   17. Karl from NY Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:16 PM (#3462016)
Technically, that is true. But most of the mall is itself the basement, one story below street level (prudent for managing winter temps and snow in Toronto, of course.) And the mall interconnects underneath dozens of buildings, probably half of downtown Toronto shopping is there. It is the largest underground shopping complex in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PATH_(Toronto)
   18. bads85 Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:28 PM (#3462028)
the Bulgarian army,


It peaked in the First Balkans War.
   19. Eugene Freedman Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:30 PM (#3462030)
Matt Stairs demands a recount.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:33 PM (#3462033)
They were probably just concerned he'd hand it to a kid in the stands.
   21. Howie Menckel Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:33 PM (#3462034)
Stairs was signed to pinch-hit for any torchbearers who might drop out.
   22. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:45 PM (#3462044)
That makes it sound so sketchy, like it's the CFL Hall of Fame.

I grew up in Canton and have been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame more times than I can remember, so my trip to the CFL Hall of Fame was...interesting. It was sort of the essence of Hamilton boiled down into one place: Endearingly crappy, an honest but failed attempt to be something great. In a lot of ways, the CFL Hall is to the NFL Hall exactly what Hamilton is to Toronto.

And I don't mean that as an insult. I really like Hamilton.
   23. philevans3154 Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:51 PM (#3462052)
Guy Lafleur didn't get to carry the torch. That's an injustice!
   24. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 17, 2010 at 04:58 PM (#3462059)
Maple Torch: Larry Crusher 'snubbed' by ridge walk.
   25. WhoWantsTeixeiraDessert Posted: February 17, 2010 at 05:15 PM (#3462079)
I don't think Larry would drop it either, since Randy Johnson's not Canadian. Did they let any of the Kids In The Hall carry it?
   26. philevans3154 Posted: February 17, 2010 at 09:26 PM (#3462354)
Did they let any of the Kids In The Hall carry it?

They had a perfect candidate.
   27. I Left Tim Raines Down In Africa Posted: February 17, 2010 at 09:30 PM (#3462357)
He probably couldn't get off the disabled list long enough to carry it.

Too soon?
   28. Ron Johnson Posted: February 17, 2010 at 09:37 PM (#3462360)
Did they let any of the Kids In The Hall carry it?


A fair number of broadcasters did. Kind of strange but no big deal.
   29. bond1 Posted: February 17, 2010 at 09:50 PM (#3462370)
12,000 torchbearers? Geez, I didn't know that many people lived in Canada. Oh yeah, most of the torchbearers live in the US.
   30. puck Posted: February 17, 2010 at 09:59 PM (#3462377)
16. Paul D - Canada's Endy Chavez! Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM (#3461969)
I wouldn't classify the Hockey Hall of Fame as 'in the basement of a mall'.

17. Karl from NY Posted: February 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM (#3462016)
Technically, that is true. But most of the mall is itself the basement,


Isn't it in an old bank building, with the Stanley Cup in the main vault? Or did it move?


Another BC kid passed over for torch bearer (I think), and he even has a Winter Olympics gold medal: Joe Sakic.
   31. Greg K Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:03 PM (#3462379)
When my family went to the CFL Hall of Fame my dad was so outraged that Cookie Gilchrist (whoever the hell that is) wasn't in the Hall that he took it up with the poor 17 year old girl manning the cash.

Apparently we found out later that Cookie declined the honour of being inducted into the Hall, I forget why.
   32. JoeHova Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM (#3462383)
I grew up in Canton and have been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame more times than I can remember, so my trip to the CFL Hall of Fame was...interesting. It was sort of the essence of Hamilton boiled down into one place: Endearingly crappy, an honest but failed attempt to be something great. In a lot of ways, the CFL Hall is to the NFL Hall exactly what Hamilton is to Toronto.

Funny, because that's exactly how I felt about the Canton Hall. It was so dilapidated that it was charming. The baseball and basketball halls have security and maintenance and most of their historically significant displays are behind glass. Meanwhile, the football one has game used Bart Starr Super Bowl jerseys that are threadbare because people have been reaching across the rope to touch them for so many years. The baseball hall of fame seems like a museum, the basketball one seems like a children's museum (because it wants to be very interactive), and the football one seems like the rec room of a very committed fan.
   33. JoeHova Posted: February 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM (#3462387)
Apparently we found out later that Cookie declined the honour of being inducted into the Hall, I forget why.

Racism and exploitation by management, at least according to wikipedia.
   34. Karl from NY Posted: February 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM (#3462438)
Isn't it in an old bank building, with the Stanley Cup in the main vault? Or did it move?


Wiki says the HHOF moved in 1993 to an old bank building. Most of it is underground; the room with the Stanley Cup and the plaques is the only room at street level. It doesn't feel like the room was a vault, it has a very tall ceiling (like 25 feet) and is directly adjacent to the street with an exit door. There is another room adjacent to the Stanley Cup room that probably was the vault, with a lower ceiling and thick walls. It holds the original Stanley Cup (pre 1946) and associated items like bands removed from the old and current Cups.

I love the French title: Temple de la renommée du hockey. Literally the Temple of Hockey Renown.
   35. Snowboy Posted: February 18, 2010 at 12:04 AM (#3462448)
I look forward to the threads on knitting, the Bulgarian army, and child pornography that are sure to follow under the same rationale.

Don't like 'em? Just don't click!


There is no civil way to respond to a comment comparing the Winter Olympics to child pornography.
   36. Alex_Lewis Posted: February 18, 2010 at 12:09 AM (#3462450)
Did Morneau get to carry the torch? How about Jason Bay? If not, why Steve Nash over those guys? And why aren't *they* whining?
   37. Tuque Posted: February 18, 2010 at 12:28 AM (#3462456)
I wouldn't classify the Hockey Hall of Fame as 'in the basement of a mall'.

Right, I think it was actually on the first floor of a mall.
   38. Something Other Posted: February 18, 2010 at 12:30 AM (#3462457)
Speaking of hockey, the Tim Horton Museum is in a very small town in nowhere, Canada. It occupies three old railroad cars, is thoroughly charming in its nonprofessionalism, and was a wonderful way to spend an hour as its only visitor. I stumbled on it while driving through the province of Ontario as part of a spur of the moment decision to drive from the midwest U.S. to James Bay. Oddly enough, no alcohol was directly involved.
   39. WillYoung Posted: February 18, 2010 at 12:37 AM (#3462461)
Morneau did carry the torch
   40. Karl from NY Posted: February 18, 2010 at 06:05 AM (#3462546)
There is no civil way to respond to a comment comparing the Winter Olympics to child pornography.


You haven't seen the figure skaters' costumes, then.
   41. cardsfanboy Posted: February 18, 2010 at 06:11 AM (#3462549)
or two man luge....
   42. Snowboy Posted: February 18, 2010 at 08:29 AM (#3462564)
Truthfully, there is no way to discuss doubles luge in proper society.

As for Johnny Weir skating, that could be debated, but only in a Winter Olympics thread. I won't sully the great Larry Walker by cross-posting about American costuming in this thread.
   43. bunyon Posted: February 18, 2010 at 01:00 PM (#3462576)

There is no civil way to respond to a comment comparing the Winter Olympics to child pornography.


Indeed, women's gymnastics is in the Summer Olympics.


And doesn't the headline read to you as if Larry Walker was (literally) crushed beneath the extinguished butt of the torch?

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