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Movie features gay Leaf (gay-themed, Christmas comedy features 11 year old 'budding queen')
Toronto red Star ^ | Nov. 24, 2006 | Randy Starkman

Posted on 11/24/2006 2:32:49 PM PST by GMMAC

Movie features gay Leaf
NHL, Leafs give flick full support
Due out in theatres next December


Toronto red Star
Nov. 24, 2006. 08:23 AM

RANDY STARKMAN
SPORTS REPORTER


The appearance of the first gay Toronto Maple Leaf will be groundbreaking, even if it is only in celluloid.

Actor Tom Cavanaugh plays a gay ex-Leaf in a comedy film Breakfast With Scot currently being shot in the GTA and Hamilton. He's one-half of a homosexual couple — his partner is the team lawyer — whose lives are turned upside down after becoming guardians of Scot, "a budding queen of an 11-year-old boy," according to the storyline.

What makes this movie even more unique is that the NHL and the Maple Leafs — part of a sport where no player has ever come out of the closet — have given the filmmakers their blessing to use their logos and uniforms. The Leafs have even agreed to let them do some filming with them at the end of a practice next month.

Cavanaugh, a huge hockey fan who was born in Ottawa, admits to being shocked they got the go-ahead from the league and Leaf brass. He vividly recalls his first thought when he read the script a year ago and saw in the opening scene that his character, Eric McNally, was a Maple Leaf.

"I never in a million years thought when we finally went to shooting we'd be donning Leaf sweaters," Cavanaugh said yesterday. "I thought it'd be that thing where it's the Toronto Razorbacks or whatever. There's something instant to the viewer when you put on a Leafs jersey or any Original Six jersey.

"It's harder to tell the story asking the public to remember this is supposed to be the NHL, even though we have to call it the NHA. You have to give full credit to the NHL and the Leafs for signing on. It also shows the possibility for if someone were to come out, perhaps it wouldn't be as big a deal as we think."

That remains to be seen, of course.

Leafs general manager John Ferguson, for his part, said it wasn't hard for them to give the project the go-ahead after it got the green light from the NHL, which had screened the script.

"On our end, we're certainly not trying to make a statement," said Ferguson. "We agreed to host them and we're comfortable with it."

Don Cherry, on the other hand, may not be quite as comfortable.

"I know that Gary Bettman wanted a kinder and gentler league, but this is too much," a laughing Cherry told the Star's Chris Zelkovich.

Olympic swim champion Mark Tewksbury, a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation, said pro hockey has yet to be put to the acid test.

"It would be interesting to see how they would react if it was non-fiction," said Tewksbury, a Calgary native. "I think it's really great that they are supporting it. I know it's an iconic team, but I think it makes sense this is happening in Canada because we've been far ahead on these issues. The Montreal Canadiens would also probably have agreed. Calgary Flames, I'm not so sure about."

Darryl Sittler and Mats Sundin, past and current Leaf captains, are in favour of the project, which is due in theatres next Christmas.

"Obviously, it's the real world we live in and I have no issues with it at all," said Sittler. "To me, those things have come a long way and they should."

Sundin seemed taken aback at the notion of the movie, but said it was "exciting" for the Leafs to be involved in any kind of movie.

"There's never been a gay hockey player come out that I know of," Sundin told the Star's Kevin McGran. "I'm sure it's going to be talked about."

That's what producer Paul Brown is hoping for, though he's quick to point out the movie's goal is to entertain, not be laden with messages.

"It's all done with situational comedy, like how do you raise this kid when you're embarrassed to take him to school, and he's prancing around saying, `Go Panthers,' when the team's about to go to a basketball game," said Brown.

"It's a very roundabout way of tackling issues. If films become issue driven, the broader audiences for the most part become turned off of them. When you watched Bend It Like Beckham, did it become an issue movie about interracial friendships? To me, it didn't because it worked on so many levels. It became a movie about two girls on a soccer team. To us, that's sort of what we're trying to achieve."

Eric McNally, the ex-Maple Leaf played by Cavanaugh, doesn't want anyone to know about his homosexuality, but that begins to change when he becomes a guardian of young Scot, who is wrestling with his own sexuality issues. It forces him to confront what it was like for him growing up, knowing he was gay and playing a sport where it wasn't talked about and he had to suppress his feelings.

"Sports is almost like the last bastion for that hurdle to be cleared in many ways," said Cavanaugh. "It's kind of an unwritten rule in sports circles that it's just not talked about, it's just not as accepted as it is in normal society. It's a strange thing. Hockey is no different.

"One of the most interesting questions to me is how is the media going to handle it if not just a hockey name but a pre-eminent hockey name comes out and says, `I was gay.' A couple of NFL linemen have come out post-career and said, `Yeah, I was gay,' but they didn't make that disclosure during their career because in their words it would have been `suicide.'"


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KEYWORDS: breakfast; gayhockeymovie; homosexualagenda; megavomit; nambla; scott
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'Something to offend everyone' and/or 'you can't make up stuff like this' department:

Apparently somewhat mirroring the plot of 'The Producers", a professional sports league and one of its oldest, most established franchises have agreed to throw their unqualified backing behind - as the project was described in one radio interview earlier today - "a gay-themed, Christmas comedy" featuring "a budding queen of an 11-year-old boy".

BTW, before the bashers of ALL Canadians start up, it's not as if the now US-based NHL & its American President Gary Bettman aren't in on this fiasco just as much as anyone else.

1 posted on 11/24/2006 2:32:56 PM PST by GMMAC
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...

PING!
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2 posted on 11/24/2006 2:34:17 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Oh, Gawd. I hate PC.

Toronto red Star. LOL!


3 posted on 11/24/2006 2:35:10 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce! Wooooooo-oooooooo!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As if I needed another reason to have no use for the Leafs. ;-)


4 posted on 11/24/2006 2:44:43 PM PST by kellynch ("Our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves." -- Bernard Baruch)
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To: GMMAC
"On our end, we're certainly not trying to make a statement," said Ferguson. "We agreed to host them and we're comfortable with it."

IOW, they made the pro-homo-pedo statement without even trying.

5 posted on 11/24/2006 2:47:24 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: GMMAC
What, praytell, is an 11 year old "budding queen?"

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6 posted on 11/24/2006 2:49:29 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: GMMAC

Lends a new meaning to the term "Back Bacon", eh ?


7 posted on 11/24/2006 2:49:46 PM PST by Carl LaFong ("We must protect our phoney-boloney jobs, gentlemen"- Congress - (by way of Governor Le Petomane))
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To: GMMAC
Movie features gay Leaf

I think the Chargers already beat them to it.

8 posted on 11/24/2006 2:50:15 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Holy Puck! Anal retention has a whole new meaning!

I always cheer for the Habs anyway.

9 posted on 11/24/2006 2:52:19 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: RichInOC
Movie features gay Leaf

I think the Chargers already beat them to it.

LOL, good one.

10 posted on 11/24/2006 2:54:06 PM PST by darkangel82 (Everyone has the right to be an idiot, but on DU they abuse the privilege.)
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To: GMMAC
As I understand it, the Maple Leafs are something of a Canadian institution. I can imagine their fans are less than pleased.

Regards, Ivan

11 posted on 11/24/2006 2:54:31 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: scripter; little jeremiah; wagglebee
Mega-vomit ping to both lists. (note the font color)
12 posted on 11/24/2006 2:55:45 PM PST by darkangel82 (Everyone has the right to be an idiot, but on DU they abuse the privilege.)
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To: MadIvan

LOL. Good thing they didn't do it about English football, then.


13 posted on 11/24/2006 2:56:25 PM PST by darkangel82 (Everyone has the right to be an idiot, but on DU they abuse the privilege.)
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To: darkangel82
No, that would lead to murder.

Regards, Ivan

14 posted on 11/24/2006 2:56:53 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

Lol I know, that's why I said it. (and I like football, or what we call soccer, although I get grief about that on FR)


15 posted on 11/24/2006 2:58:29 PM PST by darkangel82 (Everyone has the right to be an idiot, but on DU they abuse the privilege.)
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To: Candor7
What is an 11 year old Budding queen?

A wet dream for the flamming stars in this movie who are waiting until he reaches "age of consent", which in this movie is 12 years old, which is in keeping with the political goals of the gay and lesbian movement (to lower age of consent).

This "movie" should be banned.

16 posted on 11/24/2006 3:00:04 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: GMMAC
have given the filmmakers their blessing to use their logos and uniforms. The Leafs have even agreed to let them do some filming with them at the end of a practice next month.

Damn. What are they gonna stage a catfight out on the ice?
Limpwristedly smacking each other yelling "sthtoppit... sthilly..." :)
17 posted on 11/24/2006 3:00:07 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: GMMAC

I just want Alberta to be a free republic of its own...


18 posted on 11/24/2006 3:20:12 PM PST by Maeve ( redhead, Catholic, Conservative ...)
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To: MadIvan
Often I'll post any photos included with articles but I was hurrying to run an errand immediately after posting the one above.
Anyway here's the photo, along with its caption, which ran with the above article just to further enrage any hockey fans on the thread.


Actor Tom Cavanaugh plays an ex-Leaf
who doesn’t want anyone to know about
his homosexuality in the comedy Breakfast
with Scot. - RUSS MARTIN PHOTO

19 posted on 11/24/2006 3:35:13 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC
His pose makes me think of this Monty Python sketch.

Regards, Ivan

20 posted on 11/24/2006 3:38:09 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: GMMAC

Canada was not founded on christian foundings like America was so this does not surprise me. I don't want it in America but what other countries do especially since a lot of other countries are socialist does not bother me as much. Keep it in Canada though. lol.


21 posted on 11/24/2006 3:42:29 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: GMMAC
Guess this will be my last use of the gay penguins pic...

22 posted on 11/24/2006 3:57:56 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: napscoordinator
Canada was not founded on christian foundings like America was so this does not surprise me.

You've got to be joking. Where do you think our forefathers came from, India?

23 posted on 11/24/2006 4:01:00 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: napscoordinator
From the preamble of our constitution....

Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law

24 posted on 11/24/2006 4:05:49 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: napscoordinator
"Canada was not founded on christian foundings like America ..."

Smug, self-righteous Americans really don't do their nation any favors.

The first line of Canada's Constitution:
"Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law"

BTW, Christians generally capitalize the name of our Lord as well as that of our Faith.
25 posted on 11/24/2006 4:06:06 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: kanawa
Hey, it's easy to be fast when you don't bother to include a link - LOL!
26 posted on 11/24/2006 4:08:34 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC
Hehe...

I remember growing up here in Ontario under the Blue Laws.
It wasn't until 1985 that the Canadian Supreme Court in their infinite capacity to destroy the foundations of our nation declared the Lord's Day Act was an unconstitutional attempt to establish a religious-based closing law in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
link

Some additional info...

"By the middle of the 19th century, public Christianity" was taking shape. Universities, founded by particular churches in order to train indigenous clergy, received public support and began to admit students from all religious backgrounds, even while retaining their peculiar denominational leanings. There developed public school systems officially committed to producing "Christian citizens"; outside Québec they were Protestant for all practical purposes, and English-speaking Catholics struggled to support private schools with little help from government.

There arose a public rhetoric that was often biblical (eg, Canada was called a "Dominion" because the term is found in Psalm 72:8*) and laws pertaining to personal morality reflected popular Christian standards. The public calendar was marked by Christian holidays, particularly Christmas and Easter, and Sunday was traditionally a day of rest.
~snip~
The urban threat to traditional Christian ways brought Protestant and Catholic leaders together in support of the Lord's Day Act of 1906 (proclaimed 1907). Respect for Sunday, the "Lord's Day," was hallowed by custom in rural society, but in urban society it could only be maintained by law. Many of the furthest-reaching modifications to the Act, permitting more amusement and labour on Sunday, occurred during the 2 world wars. The changes were justified as necessary to the success of war efforts "to defend Christian civilization." link

*He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River unto the ends of the earth.
27 posted on 11/24/2006 5:01:42 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: MadIvan
Or the apocryphal Monty Python song,

"I am a Maple Leaf and I'm OK ..."

28 posted on 11/24/2006 5:06:51 PM PST by AZLiberty (In Hillary's view they're not Illegal immigrants and convicted felons, but disenfranchised Democrats)
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To: kanawa

Mostly Europe. What difference does that make anyway. The ones that stayed behind can have all the gay movies they want. Don't you see the point?


29 posted on 11/24/2006 5:09:55 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: GMMAC

Canada is socialist period.


30 posted on 11/24/2006 5:10:38 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
Don't you see the point?

It would help if you made one.

31 posted on 11/24/2006 5:15:20 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: napscoordinator
Mostly Europe

There was a bit of an influx from the south during the 1770's ;~)

Don't you see the point?

To be honest, no.

32 posted on 11/24/2006 5:32:22 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: kanawa; fanfan
The xenophobic dickheads are are always so much nicer to Kanawa & Fanfan and/or shy away from me altogether.

I've really got to learn to stop being such a nasty, vicious ba$tard with my replies ... I'm so ashamed !!!

Just once I'd love to be the good cop. ( sniff ! )
33 posted on 11/24/2006 6:36:20 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

There is no question that phornography sells. Smut films have their attractions to many people. Oh! Canada!


34 posted on 11/24/2006 6:44:12 PM PST by R.W.Ratikal (q)
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To: GMMAC
whose lives are turned upside down after becoming guardians of Scot, "a budding queen of an 11-year-old boy," according to the storyline.

Okay, I'll do it.....

....groundbreaking...must see!
New York Slimes

Love it! Love it! Love it!
ACLU

...thought provoking.....must see for the whole family!
NAMBLA

....a truly progressive film; opens up a whole new world to the audience
The NEA

35 posted on 11/24/2006 6:52:44 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse (Unite)
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To: GMMAC
Eric McNally, the ex-Maple Leaf played by Cavanaugh, doesn't want anyone to know about his homosexuality, but that begins to change when he becomes a guardian of young Scot, who is wrestling with his own sexuality issues.

At age eleven.....10, 9, 8, 7, 6.......

36 posted on 11/24/2006 6:57:16 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse (Unite)
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To: GMMAC; kanawa; Fair Go; Irish_Thatcherite; jimrob; Springman; Bahbah; conservative in nyc; ...
Just once I'd love to be the good cop. ( sniff ! )

GMMAC, I would like to take this moment to Thank You for being who you are.
It's because you do what you do, that I can do what I do.

Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

Aside from which, you wouldn't be GMMAC without a Snarl at the ready.
People who choose to attack Canadian Conservatives, be warned.

Our GMMAC will be all over you like white on rice.

WOO-HOO!

37 posted on 11/24/2006 7:03:12 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: GMMAC

To those of us outside the GTA, or "Centre of the Universe", the theme of this movie seems peculiarly apropos for the Maple Laffs!


38 posted on 11/24/2006 7:07:03 PM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: GMMAC

The price of official Toronto Maple Leafs sportswear and fan memorabilia is going to be dropping real soon.


39 posted on 11/24/2006 7:09:26 PM PST by DonGrafico (Gowd demmit bub! You ain't from around heah ah ya?)
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To: DonGrafico
The price of official Toronto Maple Leafs sportswear and fan memorabilia is going to be dropping real soon.

You mean to say someone buys it now?

40 posted on 11/24/2006 7:24:06 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: headsonpikes; fanfan

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41 posted on 11/24/2006 8:07:48 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: darkangel82

I've been too busy with some other projects to do any pinging lately; I'll try to get some in tomorrow. This needs to be pung out.

(Extreme nausea is right...font color right on target.)

Screaming nosedive into the abyss alert.


42 posted on 11/24/2006 9:13:21 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: little jeremiah

Lol, just thought I'd take a little creative license. :)


43 posted on 11/24/2006 9:16:37 PM PST by darkangel82 (Everyone has the right to be an idiot, but on DU they abuse the privilege.)
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To: napscoordinator
"Canada was not founded on christian foundings like America was so this does not surprise me. I don't want it in America but what other countries do especially since a lot of other countries are socialist does not bother me as much. Keep it in Canada though. lol." Your statement is based in ignorance and is embarrassingly provincial in the worst meaning of the word.

I am an American (ok, for this riposte - a United Statesian). I consider myself extremely fortunate to be one. I have also lived a good portion of my life overseas and paradoxically find the average (middle class or above) citizen of almost any other country to be better educated and to have more class than most Americans. Your boorish statement is a perfect illustration of what I am referring to.

44 posted on 11/24/2006 9:31:29 PM PST by bluetone006 (Peace - or I guess war if given no other option)
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To: bluetone006

Having said that, in regards to homosexuality, I find no difference between pedophilia, sodomy, bestiality or necrophilia. They are all destructive perversions of the worst sort.


45 posted on 11/24/2006 9:36:52 PM PST by bluetone006 (Peace - or I guess war if given no other option)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

LOL!!


46 posted on 11/25/2006 12:03:32 AM PST by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: GMMAC

Oh, a hockey player! My first thought was, "WTF?"


47 posted on 11/25/2006 12:06:50 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: kanawa

Hey, where's that Zueben guy? He likes to say stupid things about Canadians.


48 posted on 11/25/2006 12:09:25 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: GMMAC; All

ok

but this just KILLS HOCKEYs come back


The suits at the NHL needed to be explained it is COME BACK not come OUT!

They nearly destroyed themselves with the strike and now this? You don't attract a family audience with a couple of sexual predator types indoctrinating a young child to be a sexual fetishist.

Hockey the thport of queens! (with a small q)


49 posted on 11/25/2006 5:10:55 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GMMAC
Sounds like a version of a movie/tv sitcom in which Tom Cavanaugh also will star, "My Ex Life".
It's directed by Kelsey Grammer, former star the show of "Frasier".
Tom Cavanaugh starred in "Ed".
It's still in production, so details are sketchy.
50 posted on 11/25/2006 6:03:37 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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