December 7, 2010, - 4:22 pm

UPDATED w/ Video: Another Reason To LOVE Don Cherry (Commie “Pinkos” Video)

By Debbie Schlussel

Even if you don’t like hockey or sports, you will like this video of conservative Don Cherry telling off the “Pinko” Commies on the Toronto City Council.  It’s driving all the leftists in Canada mad, and I love it.  I’ve written about my love for the original Dapper Don before.

Don Cherry Gives New Toronto Mayor Rob Ford the Chains of Office

The well-known Canadian TV hockey commentator was invited to the inaugural meeting of the City Council of the People’s Republic of Toronto, as a guest of his friend, new Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (who was sworn in at the meeting).  And, in honor of the pinkos who hate him, well . . . he’s now the only real man I like in pink.  His comments were in the course of a speech to the Council.  In addition to telling off the “left-wing kooks,” he attacked “all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles.”  He talked about how the left-wing media constantly attacks him for honoring the troops and for going to church.

For those of us who do like hockey and/or who live near the U.S./Canada border and can get CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada,” Don Cherry is like an old, beloved friend or uncle, also known as “Grapes.” His “Coach’s Corner” segment has remained popular for years. The guy loves America and stuck up for the U.S. and our troops when American hockey teams got booed in Quebec. He is constantly under attack from Canadians for defending and praising America.  And for being an outspoken, unabashed conservative.  You gotta love that.

Cherry is known for  his flamboyant suits.  But he’s not just loud clothes.  He has the hockey chops to back it up and doesn’t gush over spoiled brats on the ice.

Love ya, Grapes.  You keep tellin’ ’em in Canuckistan.

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19 Responses


You said, “He is constantly under attack from Canadians for defending and praising America.”

I would change “from Canadians” to “from the vocal minority dipsh_t Canadians”.

Dana on December 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Grapes represents the best Canada has to offer.
Love him so!

Michelle on December 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Gotta love a man who tells it like it is and seems to be fearless.

Kent on December 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I’ve always liked this guy. He’s a national treasure there. When I went to Canada I had to eat at Don Cherry’s pub. Nice place. I wonder if that place is still there.

samurai on December 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm

“…now put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks.”

Oh, man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was dying laughing at that.

My new hero, Don Cherry!!!!!

Thank you, Debbie. I love you and Don.

Jeff W. on December 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

And then there is Canadian PM Stephen Harper. Last month, PM Harper made some very brave and rare comments confronting modern anti-Semitism. I forget whether those comments were covered on this blog.

“Harnessing disparate anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so.

We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is…when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack – Is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. Demonization, double standards, delegitimization, the 3 D’s, it is a responsibility to stand up to them.

I know, by the way, because I have the bruises to show for it, that whether it is at the United Nations, or any other international forum, the easiest thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israeli rhetoric, to pretend it is just about being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of “honest broker.”

There are, after all, a lot more votes – a lot more – in being anti-Israeli than in taking a stand. But, as long as I am prime minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand…Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israeli mob tells us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are a threat to all of us.”

— Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper 11/8/2010

There is NO Santa Claus on December 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

OMG, Debbie. I was just going to email you this about Cherry and I’m glad you beat me to it!
I don’t think Americans realize how huge this guy is all across the country. I met him 2 years ago and he is exactly as he appears on TV. The irony is that he is employed by the uber-left CBC, which does ‘Hockey Night in Canada”, probably it’s biggets revenue-getter, but he is hardly acknowledged by them. Just go into the CBC building in T.O. and you will see photos and life-size cutouts of their “stars” but nothing of him. To them he is personna non-grata. Disgusting. ….
As far as Ford goes, he was on City Council for years, calling out unbelievable waste and programs/policies that a fifth grader wouldn’t even consider. And that was the typical T.O. council member – a SPOILED fifth grader. He will have his work cut out for him in bringing common sense back. Some councillors were already talking about forming a shadow block to beat him down.

During the election, the Toronto Star lead a massive smear campaign to bring him down. Fortunately, they didn’t have much to go on, as the main charges against him were that he’s a “fat, sweaty white-guy” . That’s what it was like. Unbelievable. Fortunately, virtually anyone here who has to work for a paycheck or meet a payroll voted for him. The unions, lefty students, academics, and cultural elites did not.

Not Ovenready on December 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

As a (once and future) Torontonian, I am so damn proud to have a real man (and not a rhetoric-spewing, self-enlightened automaton) elected as mayor.

Under the previous administration of Comrade David Miller, Toronto turned from a “people city” to a virtual basket case. With reckless spending, gutless leadership and mismanagement of resources, people needed someone who could lead.

But only time will tell. The City of Toronto is an amalgamation of several boroughs, villages and neighbourhoods each with different demographics, needs and agendas. It will take someone with enough patience and resolve to unite these different fiefdoms to a single cause: making the city better.

As for Don Cherry – bravo. I’ve always admired his style and his audacity, the hallmarks of a great coach. To us Canadians, Grapes is hockey, and hockey is our religion.

DS – it’s great that you’ve honoured Grapes in this way. And I know that when he passes on, the Leafs will have won the Cup! Go Leafs Go.

The Reverend Jacques on December 7, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I could do without that remark about the bicycles. I ride one myself.

Miranda Rose Smith on December 8, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Miranda, are you trying to force EVERYONE to ride a bike? That’s the difference between liberals and conservatives.

    I’m not familiar with Don Cherry or Toronto politics, but it was clear from the tepid applause he received that the new mayor will have an uphill battle on his hands. I wish him luck!

    DG in GA on December 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

    i wouldn’t know about toronto’s cyclists, but here in seattle they seem to share a common antagonistic philosophy… not saying you do, miranda, but i’m reasonably sure you know what i’m talking about — and this is what cherry was referencing, i’d wager.

    seattle cyclist story: twisty, winding, two lane road — with cars parked along the road on either side — and i was driving extremely slow because i was afraid to drive around the erratic (i say deliberately), all-over-the-road cyclist in front of me; he would hug the parked cars, and just when i was ready to hit the gas to pass him, he’d zag out wide into the road. when i finally had room to get by him, i heard him scream at me, “YOU EFFING ASSHOLE!” i’m an asshole for worrying about hitting you?!

    howardroark43 on December 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

With newly elected conservative union busting Mayor Rob Ford in Toronto and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is probably the biggest friend of Israel and the Jewish people among all world leaders, added to Canada’s superior economic performance, (real estate is at a record) Canuckistan looks mighty good compared to all the rest including the Obamaland.

MarcelF on December 8, 2010 at 2:59 am


    Canada’s record on Israel and Jews is hardly spotless. That’s one of the reasons PM Harper stood up against anti-Semitism. He was standing up against domestic anti-Semites as much as he was the UN etc.

    If you listen to the complete text of PM Harper’s comments, I think you’ll find that he fully acknowledges Canada’s imperfect record on anti-Semitism. Wrt the economy, Canada is benefiting from high oil prices. As a net oil and gas exporter, you’d expect that. What sets Canada apart is that they have not sunk to the level of Norway or Venezuela.

    In conclusion, Canuckistan looks mighty good compared to the rest, but there are still underlying problems and the “oil vacation” won’t last forever.

    There is NO Santa Claus on December 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

You know, I am not planning on moving to Canada anytime in my life, because that country is becoming more and more backward day-in-day out, I blame the politicans in Canada for passing sorts of fascisic legislation bills, (ie, hate-speech bills, I mean come on man!) and bending their asses backwards to the radical islamist in that country. Thank god for Don “Grapes” Cherry for standing up what he believes in, and I’m glad that he’s driving the Canadian left wingers mad, it’s about time those leftist up there had a piece of their own medicine. Here’s a message for all of you American left wingers, if you like Canada’s political legislation, then I suggest all of you America-hating left wingers move your sorry asses up their or to any backward country on earth!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on December 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

Three cheers for Mr. Cherry. I feel sorry for the Canadians. Their health care system is a disaster! I spent three days in Calgary at a nursing reunion. In every newspaper there are stories about people trying to raise money to go to the United States for health care. What they need they can not obtain in Canada. It’s sad, and now we want the same horrible system?

burt on December 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

You go Coach! Coach Cherry is the man! Voted 7th greatest Canadian of all time a few years ago. Met him during the Cup finals in Anaheim and he was a nice and cordial as could be. Love watching him on the Dish on Saturday nights. Thank you Debbie for posting this video. Keep up the good work.

hockeykevin on December 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm

don cherry, not just a pretty face…

howardroark43 on December 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Help me, Debbie! I can’t stop watching this.

I die laughing and then just want to stand up and salute the Great Don Cherry!!!!!!

I haven’t heard such a great speech since Ronald Reagan.

Can we draft him to the U.S. for President????

This is so awesome!

Jeff W. on December 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Don gives whole new meaning to “pretty in pink”,he’s great!

Jo on December 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

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