On the heels of an actual winter storm, perhaps the first (maybe the last?) one of the season, the Summerside Storm has been galvanized this week into making all sorts of wild plans to make Monday’s Islander Day one of the signature moments of their season.
Of course, the Storm had seized upon the Islander Day holiday with undisguised glee right from the start of the winter, as just a jim-dandy public relations vehicle for themselves.
They first, as has been extensively documented in this column, wanted to change the name of the holiday to Storm Day, and busily began driving the staff of the premier’s office crazy. They accomplished this by dutifully faxing to the premier the names of the people who signed their “Change Islander Day to Storm Day” petition. Every single day more names get sent to Charlottetown, where I’m sure they have a special file just for these faxes. Probably a nice round one.
To the premier’s everlasting credit, he has totally ignored the whole thing. Mercifully.
Truth, Justice and the Island Way
Your intrepid reporter, though, in the interests of Truth, Justice and the Island Way, has attempted to find out exactly who has been signing this petition. Just curious, y’know?
Apparently, though, we have privacy laws now (which is definitely NOT the Island way of anything), and these names are protected by those laws.
Which probably gives great comfort to those who were busy inscribing their names all winter. I have a theory that we really have had no idea until now exactly how many Islanders are actually named Mickey Mouse, Rocket Richard, Babe Ruth and all the other famous names that I’m sure pepper the rolls of the thousands of signatures that were actually collected and faxed.
It’s a wonderful thing that only the poor person in the premier’s office who is in charge of the fax machine actually knows this information, and is now charged with keeping it totally secret. What an immense responsibility it must be. I bet there is very little sleep at night.
However, back when all this started, the Storm leadership made the rash statement that the team would be doing community-building activities on Islander Day “across the Island,” to show that it really should be called “Storm Day.”
Aaaaannnnnndddddd, here they come, to paraphrase P.E.I. harness racing announcer Vance Cameron. The Storm will spread out in the morning for 9:30 a.m. fitness activities in West Prince, Kensington, Stratford and Montague.
After the small detail of the 2 p.m. game against Quebec (for which tickets are going like hot cakes – a huge crowd is anticipated), comes the piece de resistance.
The team will be participating in evening (6 to 9 p.m.) kitchen parties being sponsored by Islanders By Choice in Summerside, Charlottetown and Souris. I have no idea what these players will actually be doing at the kitchen parties, but my guess is that their instrument of choice will be spoons. Big spoons.
I sincerely hope there is a Good Sport Award as part of the Order of P.E.I., because I’ve got 12 guys who would appear to be shoo-ins.
Bob Gray is a freelance journalist with a long history of P.E.I. basketball reporting. He welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.