Last night night after the Canadiens beat Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime, I happened to leave the TV on the RDS network (Reseau des Sports) to catch Bob Gainey's post game press conference. At any rate the "ANTICHAMBRE" is a hockey program consisting of several over the hill but colourful panelists who discuss the team and the game.
The topic of discussion was the fact that the Canadiens coaches were all anglophones. It was pretty nasty. It went on all night but here is little extract.
Baron: Bob(Gainey) didn't speak like a player, he's a very bad communicator, from one day to the next he changes. Now he doesn't change, he's the 'Big Boss'. Double B because he the big boss. (nastily) Because now we have to talk English because there are four anglophones behind the bench. THE MONTREAL CANADIENS HOCKEY CLUB!
Bergeron; It started out with three...
Baron: They brought him down from the press box
Bergeron; DON LEVER .
Baron :Lever 3000 is a soap!
Bergeron; The players on the bench asked "Where's Don?" and Don was in the hallway.
Baron : From Heaven... That's why they won. (sarcastic)
Every time they used an English word or phrase you could hear the resentment and anger in their voices
The whole exchange was extremely mean spirited and continued throughout the show.
They Trashed Saku for not learning French.
They complained that there are no French coaches on the farm team in Hamilton.
They even brought up the fact that Phillippe Alou (ex manager of the Expos) didn't speak French
The Reseau des Sports doesn't see anything offensive in these rants and has even posted the clips to it's website. To see more this crap go to RDS .