Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment is the governing body of the Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and also own Real Sport (best sports bar ever). They also have came up with some of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. This is topping that list.
They have decided that amongst the rafters they want to honour a non sports star. Right now in the rafters of The Air Canada Centre there are 13 Stanley Cup banners, Maple Leaf honoured players such as Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark and many more. Plus 6 Toronto Rock Presidents Cup Banners and a retired Bob Watson number 29. The Raptors have had a tough time throughout the years. But someday when they win a championship their banner belongs in the rafters as well.
These honours are there because of all the work that goes into winning a Championship. It’s not easy at all to win one. Yes, the Leafs have gone a long, long tine without one. If it was easy, they would have few since the last one. The Toronto Rock have won 6 championships. They are the most successful Canadian professional sports teams since the mid 90’s. The Rock guys play for the love of the game. They all have day jobs too. So it’s out the love of the game why they play.
Being a player that gets honoured is no small achievement either. You play your whole life. Give it all and make sacrifices. Yes, the guys now are paid very well. But that wasn’t always the case. These men earned their spots up there by tireless work through out many years.
I say all of this because I’m a sports fan. I’m a failed athlete (which I knew at a young age trust me). I know what it takes to play at the level that all of these players play at. I have an amazing amount of respect for them. This is their house. Where they spent years earning their spot up there.
I understand that Bon Jovi is a huge artist. One of the most successful of all time. This is not meant to take away from him or his achievements at all. He might be on the same level in music as these athletes are in sports. But a banner in the Air Canada Centre is not right. Have you ever heard of this before? If so shouldn’t his banner in in New Jersey’s rink where he is from? Yes, MLSE he’s put a lot of butts in the seats. But this is not his house. Not one bit. Honestly, I don’t think any band should have a banner in the Air Canada Centre and I love music more than sports. It’s just not right.
I hope that public out cry stops this. I truly do. MLSE let’s focus on getting your teams to win again and not sully the men that we honour every time we look up when we are there.
Maple Leafs to raise another banner, this one in honor of Bon Jovi
Toronto fans have been living on a prayer since 1967, so it should come as no surprise that they love Bon Jovi.
And boy, do they love Bon Jovi. Love him. The star of the star of National Lampoon’s Pucked! and his rock band has made 17 appearances at the Air Canada Centre, selling over 600,000 tickets, more than any band in the history of the building. In 2008, they sold out five ACC shows on one tour, which is a record.
Another thing Toronto loves? Hanging banners. (They’re like hockey’s version of the Bluth family.) And thus, it should come as no surprise that Bon Jovi will soon become the first rock band to get a banner in the Air Canada Centre.
Move over, Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin and Syl Apps. Bon Jovi’s in the house. From the Toronto Star:
The banner will be unfurled Nov. 2, the same day that Bon Jovi, here for a two-night gig, becomes the first inductee into the ACC’s new wall of fame.
“(The wall) really is showing a piece of the ACC’s history so that fans can see some of the significant achievements in the building,” said Wayne Zronik, vice-president of live entertainment for the ACC.
A banner. Seriously. It’ll be there for you. Those five words I swear to you.
This is weird. Normally, those spots in the rafters are reserved for hockey players. Admittedly, Jon Bon Jovi would probably have gotten a shot on Mats Sundin’s wing in the 90s, but it’s still a little odd to see them giving banners to musicians now. That’s a bad precedent, especially considering Miley Cyrus’s noted contributions to the Leafs’ strong start. If they keep winning, does she get one? And if so, will they put it uncomfortably close to King Clancy?
Kudos to Tim Leiweke on this one. After catching enough flak that he reversed course after his attempts to turn down the focus on the Leafs’ historic past, the Leafs executive has clearly opted for the next best thing: cheapening that past. Because I’m sure Johnny Bower will love sharing rafter space with Ally McBeal’s plumber boyfriend.
When reached for comment by the Star, Bon Jovi’s manager said a bunch of lame platitudes about Canada, because that’s what band managers are paid to do. “(Canadian fans are) very loyal, they’re great fans and they love Bon Jovi. I couldn’t tell you what it is,” he told the Star. “There’s just that something.”
I would argue “that something” is the stupidity to hang a Bon Jovi banner in your hockey arena.
Granted, while it will undoubtedly look ridiculous up there, so does that lonely Toronto Raptors Division champions banner.
Keep The Faith, Toronto. You’ve taken your Bad Medicine. One day, you’ll go down in a Blaze of Glory. Something something Bon Jovi song name something.