Tuesday, November 16, 2004

We Could be Heroes!

I listen to the radio before I go to bed every night (I know...I'm a nerd). This past Monday (oddly enough the day we have class!) I was listening to ESPN Overnight on the FAN 590. The host of the show was talking about athletes as heroes. He was reiterating what Prof. Kuin was saying, but applying it to athletes: Sport's heroes are connected to glory, the glory of sport; ceremony, the best athletes get inducted into Hall of Fames with great pomp and circumstance; and, most importantly, athletes connect to something larger than life. The average person can never to do the things athletes do, just like the average person can not come close to Achilles' military prowess.
It was interesting to hear because during class, I was finding it hard to apply the criteria of a hero to any modern day figure. I thought about what I heard and it struck me that athletes really are modern day heroes in the Homeric sense. Sure they get paid way too much, but they still are associated with glory, honour and ceremony.
Because I'm missing hockey so much, I will use an example of our own Wayne Gretzky. He is the greatest hockey player that ever played the game; Gretzky's glory came when he won the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers for the first time; he was connected to honour, they way he conducted himself on and off the ice; he connected to ceremony when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with all the bells and whistles that one would expect when a great player gets inducted; finally, he is definitely connected to something larger than life; the passes he made and the goals he scored looked seemingly impossible. But beyond that, countless of parents take there kids to hockey practice with the dream that little Billy or Joey will be the next Gretzky, countless young hockey players want to be like Gretzky and countless more call Gretzky there hero!

I knew I could incorporate sports with my blogs, I just had to figure out a way how!!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I recently watched this movie. I liked it. When it first came out, I thought it was a strange name for a movie. Only after watching the movie did I find out the title is a line from an Alexander Pope poem: "Eloisa and Abelard." http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/poem1630.html It is a long poem, but its rhyming couplets makes for a quick read (and re-read). For those of you that have seen the movie, read the poem, it'll give you an idea of the head space Walter Kaufman was in when writing the script.
It's about a woman who is torn between her love for a man, and her love of God. Which doesn't really have anything to do with the movie, but the poem talks about that unknown reason why we love the people we love. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is a movie that deals with this same theme, albeit in a strange and twisted way...With a dash of psychology thrown in for good measure. If anyone is interested, there is a great article on what inspired Pope to write the poem. It's a fascinating story of scandal in the 1100s!http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5408

Just a short blog today!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

T.S Eliot Was Wrong!

T.S. Eliot, in his "The Waste Land", says April is the cruelest month. I beg to differ! I would say (for the university student):

November is the cruelest month, breeding
Essays and mid-terms from teacher's minds, only
to confuse and worry us, make
us pull our hair from their roots.

I won't go on, this parody is bad enough!
If anyone is interested, the English Undergraduate Students association is holding a pre-exam party. It will be a great opportunity to let some school related stress out. It'll be at Stong College room 201 on Nov. 16th at 7:00 PM. There will be FREE FOOD, music and prizes, so come out, have some fun; then go home and get back to studying for exams and/or writing essays!