An article about Hayley Wickenheiser's efforts to convince the legendary Russian hockey great Vladislav Tretiak - now the president of that country's hockey federation - to do something to improve the state of women's hockey there has generated comments on the Globe and Mail's website.

They're not informed comments or even half-intelligent comments, or, for that matter, in some cases, even on-topic comments, but, hey, let's not let the perfect become the enemy of the good, right?

RG2 sees the whole idea as a waste and an imposition.
Yay! lets sink mor emoney into women's hockey. Lets force people to watch an unwatchable sport. Lets force girls to play a boys' game.

"Force people to watch"? Sweet Jesus on a hockey stick, we can't even force RG2 to read an 800-word article. And "force girls to play a boys' game"? Do you really want to go there, RG2? Strictly speaking, it's not a boys' game, but I think I could be easily persuaded to watch one in which you would stand naked in front of a net while a long line of my most feminist women friends voluntarily - eagerly, even - skate to the top of the faceoff circle and shoot pucks at your nuts.

And while RG2 was busy fulminating against the Russians, or the women, or Russian women or who-knows-what, really, another reader reminded us that it's bigger than just women's hockey: It's about the pro game, and politics, and...

It's really about The Holocaust.

I mean, obviously, right?

Liberals are Nazis wrote:

NHL Sponsors:

*Budweiser (Austria)-Funded the start up of Adolph Hitlers Nazi Germany

*Seimens (Germany)-Built the Gas Chambers that murdered million of jews and gays.

*Bayer-Munich (Germany)-‘Asprin’ Designed the actual gas that killed millions of jews and gays.

Canadian kids are now being brainwashed into idolizing these German Euro-Socialist wannabe dictators.


Lest we forget

I suppose I should feel a little bit sorry for the poor dumb fuck: when his paranoia spirals out of control and turns into the throbbing headaches that feel like a thousand Knebelwerfers firing inside his head, the stupid son of a bitch can't even take an "Asprin" without becoming complicit in one of the single largest hockey-related genocides of modern times.

Curmudgeon: "The postmodernist student is inherently anti-intellectual." Student: "Whatever."

Beloit College released its annual Mindset List yesterday; the Globe and Mail article says Beloit uses the list "to remind teachers that cultural references familiar to them might draw blank stares from college freshmen born mostly in 1992."

You know, things like, "remember when there were only three channels on tv?" (I remember She Who Will Put Us In A Home, now 19, being absolutely delighted as a seven-year-old to discover that my apartment had a wall-mounted dial telephone. A three-channel tv universe would, I suspect, have been much less welcome.)

This year's list points out to instructors that the class of 2014 is unlikely to write in cursive, that Czechoslovakia has not existed in their lifetimes, and that Nirvana is on the oldies station, along with the Beatles and Brewer & Shipley.

(The Globe and Mail's subhed also points out that "knowledge of... Wayne Gretzky’s Oilers career sorely lacking among the class of 2014." As if, the Globe implies (tenaciously clinging to the hope that any average American gives a rat's ass about hockey at all), they might know about his time in LA, St. Louis, or New York. But I digress.)

The list is a handy way of reminding of us that our cultural touchstones are moving targets, that things are always changing.

Well, not that everything is always changing, mind you. There's always some crank, like reader "Atlas Is Shrugging:"

The postmodernist student is inherently anti-intellectual. They are incapable of following a logical argument. Ideology is all that counts. There is no genuine reason to bother acquiring facts and evidence to support your argument. At a minimal level, one merely needs to embrace the zeitgeist and be on the right side of history. This mindset pervades the softer sciences to such an extent that normally only a hard science credential deserves instant respect.

Not like you, eh, Atlas? All those big words - postmodernist, ideology, zeitgeist - you must be an intellectual. And way to slam those postmodernists. I presume you spent some time acquiring facts and evidence to support your argument, but space limitations prevented you from including them in your comment. Or did you decide that once you let us know about your ideology, you didn't have a genuine reason to bother, either?

I suspect reader mvarick had Atlas and other like-minded commenters in mind when he or she posted,

My lawn...