EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Mac loss is last straw
To the Editor:
After watching the debacle that was the Mustangs football
game against McMaster on Saturday it is apparent the only solution
to saving the season is to fire Larry Haylor as head coach.
He has quite simply lost all ability to run a university football
This past summer we were assured last year's playoff blowout
at Queen's was the fault of the defensive co-ordinator. Well,
with a new one in place, our team just gave up the most points
in Western history. Obviously the problems start a little higher
up the coaching ladder.
Haylor has his record and should now be put out to pasture.
Western needs an interim head coach to finish the season and
then the program needs to start over. A good place to start
would be to throw enough money at McMaster's coach (and former
Western offensive co-ordinator) Greg Marshall to entice him
to come home and restore some pride to what is supposed to
be the best football program in the country.
BA History/Political Science 02
A tragedy off the ice
To the Editor:
On Sep. 29, a car driven by Atlanta Thrashers phenom Dany
Heatley lost control on a two-lane road near Atlanta. Having
left the road at a speed of 80-m.p.h., the 2002 Ferrari crashed
into a fence and split in two. While Heatley was only shaken
up by the crash, passenger (and teammate) Dan Snyder was not
so fortunate. Upon impact, Snyder was ejected from the vehicle
and thrown approximately 30 feet in the air.
There is no denying accidents happen. The question is whom
can we blame? Sure, it was Heatley who accelerated his car
well past the speed limit, down the wrong side of a two-lane
road, but what about the people who allowed this young man
to purchase this $300,000 sports car in the first place?
While the list of law-evading athletes continues to grow,
it is starting to look like Heatley will not be so lucky. As
a result of injuries sustained in the crash, Dan Snyder died
this past Sunday. Having left family, teammates and the entire
National Hockey League in shock, it is now Heatley's turn to
deal with the ramifications of this unfortunate incident.
If anything can be learned by this tragedy, I would hope sports
leagues open their eyes to the fact that giving such enormous
amounts of money to these "kids" is a clear recipe for disaster.
You simply cannot expect to give a 19-year-old boy $3 million
and expect him to act responsibly with it. How many lives will
it take? How many potentially brilliant careers will be shortened
before someone finally clues in? As far as I'm concerned, it's
already been one too many.
Social Science II