I get the feeling that LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov doesn't get out much. He doesn't watch the news. He doesn't follow social media. He's probably never even heard of Ray Rice. How else could he NOT know that domestic violence is a hot-button issue and that his (alleged) beating of his wife might result in an arrest and suspension. I mean, how dumb do you have to be?
Yesterday in this space, I informed you of the passing of Ralph Platner, the legendary programme hawker at sporting events and concerts for half a century. Your outpouring of emotion was truly overwhelming. Over 22 thousand people read yesterday's article, and hundreds of you commented on your encounters with Ralph. Here are the funeral arrangements and a sampling of testimonials from those whose lives were touched by Ralph.
He was known to most as "Ralph the Programme Guy". If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I'm talking about. He was at nearly every game. He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years. Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year. If it was a big event, Ralph was there. And now, he's dead at the age of 67.
When you spend 5.2 billion dollars for the rights to telecast NHL games in Canada, you'd better get some bang for your buck. The other day, Sportsnet unveiled it's brand new state-of-the-art studio. Today we found out which new programs they'll feature to complement their hockey telecasts.