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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

If you connect the dots, and there are many, it is difficult to think Jerry Sandusky without thinking Graham James.

And it is challenging as a Canadian, where we don’t grow up being taught to worship institutions and cultural icons, to think of Penn State without first thinking of Maple Leaf Gardens.

The names may now be different and the circumstances and context unique but the scandal that has rocked America in so many ways seems eerily similar to two of the most heinous and disgraceful episodes in the history of Canadian sport.

Like James, Sandusky made his name and reputation as a coach. He, like James, was considered very good at it. Both worked primarily in small communities, as figures of authority, in protected situations, well known, well-regarded community leaders, really

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And it is challenging as a Canadian, where we don’t grow up being taught to worship institutions and cultural icons, to think of Penn State without first thinking of Maple Leaf Gardens.

I’m sorry… but this doesn’t seem like the topic or article to take a holier than thou attitude.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 11/11/11 at 11:40 AM ET

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@Nathan, before you get your knickers in too much of a twist,

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=M1ARTM0011176

Posted by dwgs on 11/11/11 at 01:23 PM ET

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And it is challenging as a Canadian, where we don’t grow up being taught to worship institutions and cultural icons, to think of Penn State without first thinking of Maple Leaf Gardens.

I think what he forgot to add was “except hockey”. Simmons seems to be trying to translate into Canadian. As if this sordid story needs translation.

Posted by timbits on 11/11/11 at 01:45 PM ET

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Now that I parse that sentence a bit more carefully I see what you’re getting at. 
And timbits nails it.

Posted by dwgs on 11/11/11 at 01:48 PM ET

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