Hubris, hyperbole, hope and hockey

Illustration by Malcolm Jones As summer wanes and autumn beckons, millions of Canadians of a particular persuasion get ready to board the annual nine-month, 82-game roller coaster. That is the lot of the hometown hockey fan, especially if you carry the torch for a certain Toronto franchise decked out in blue and white. Every year it’s the same. When the...
  • Blustering on air

    August 15, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones In direct competition with the most popular afternoon soaps, it debuted in October 1977 to modest reviews and small audiences. Yet somehow, nearly 40 years later, “Question Period,” live from the House of Commons, is still on the air. The cast...
  • Discovering Bartholomew Bandy

    June 16, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones   Have you ever picked up a book that claims on its cover that “you’ll laugh uproariously on every page” and upon reading it, discover it’s about as funny as a root canal? Over the years, this has happened to me...
  • Liberating the Ritz

    March 20, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones I know that Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize-winning literary titan, is revered the world over as a truly revolutionary writer of the 20th century. He stripped his prose right down to the bone and influenced generations of writers to follow his...
  • 57 is the new 40

    February 27, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    One night a week, from early April until late October, about 90 great guys from all walks of life sneer at Old Man Time and play ball hockey on an outdoor pad in a quiet Toronto neighbourhood. Tuesday nights, residents in the area can hear the familiar sounds of...
  • Humour Hunt

    September 28, 2016 by Carl Christie
    Illustrations by Malcolm Jones As we wind down our regular look at some of your lighter experiences in uniform, those that raised a smile, a chuckle, or occasionally a lusty guffaw, John Baker shares a story from his uncle, Ralph “Buz” Post of Bradwardine, Man.,...
  • Brief inspection

    August 9, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Think back 58 years, exactly 58 years, to July 1958. Think of a beautiful July day, perhaps like the one you are currently enjoying. That’s how Sandra Chater (Austin then) remembers her summer of 1958 in basic training at St-Jean, Que. She found the marching...
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