Remember last week when Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury looked like they were going to actually fight each other during an intermission debate about fighting? You know, the one where Milbury said eliminating fighting would ‘pansify’ the sport.
Well, not only was it a hilarious exchange, but this story isn’t going to go quietly into the night. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Milbury pissed off a gay rights group in Canada, where he has used the term ‘pansification’ on CBC a couple times this season.
Egale Canada, a gay advocacy organization, protested last week. But Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said through a network spokesman yesterday that commentators are free to make their own decisions whether to use the expression.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Helen Kennedy, the executive director of Egale Canada. “So it’s okay for people to go around using these slurs — derogatory, stereotypical terms against a group in society? That’s outrageous.”
A fair point, no doubt.
But to be honest, I’m not sure these folks know who they’re dealing with. This is Mike Milbury. He has unbelievable wisdom. Take for example this ‘pansification’ exchange. It allowed him to agitate Pierre McGuire, ignore the recent death of Don Sanderson completely and anger homosexuals all in one fell swoop. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do that, folks.