Coach's Corner just now was like an episode of The Office. Funny as hell, but almost painful to watch in places. Started off with Don repeatedly telling the kids how much "we all love Santa", but never forget that December 25th is about Baby Jesus, thus causing at least one or two folks at CBC to soil themselves.
Maclean then asked him about the Chris Simon suspension and after a few moments added Simon's aboriginal ethnicity to the discussion. Cherry was having none of it and fired off a few hearty "you have to earn it with hard work" when Maclean asked if he believed there were aboriginal kids who didn't believe they received fair shakes due to their race. (Personally, I thought Maclean flirted dangerously close to condoning Simon's absolutely stupid excuse making in regards to his latest record suspension.) Maclean then brought up the Ted Nolan purgatory run after his initial award-winning run in Buffalo. I've heard Cherry explain that one before and always thought he was probably correct in his assessment. Para-phrased: "It wasn't racism! It was Nolan and John Muckler and the coach going against the GM to get him fired. If you are another GM, are you going to hire a guy who does that when there are a lot of good coaches out there?"
After that settled down - and I use the term settled lightly, because it was clear that Don was agitated. The rest of the show was scatter shot, with Maclean trying to get Grapes to make some nice comments about Crosby for the kid's scrap the other night, but a perturbed Cherry made some comment about "needing to show Crosby because I showed Lecavlier last week and we have to keep them happy."
The final moments were awkward and tense. Maclean even fired off a "What's in you tonight?" at one point. If it wasn't Christmas this week and just another regular winter weekend, my hunch is that the segment would get a little ink and attention.
Coach's Corner gets put up on the CBC website and it's worth checking out.