It’s not every day that you’ll hear a Peterborough Petes fan say this. But, credit where credit is due…”Well done Gennies”! 2015 Memorial Cup champions, after an exciting overtime win last night. Not only is it a well-deserved achievement for the franchise, but also a city that is in need of something to celebrate amidst all of the gloomy economic news surrounding the automotive industry.
Besides, now the Petes can say they lost in the play-offs to the best team in the country! (No shame in that!)
However, is there shame on the Canadian Hockey League – – for “selling the naming rights” of the Memorial cup? I just found it really strange – – to watch tv commentatators and coaches wearing poppies during the game last night (because, after all, the cup is in honour of war veterans – – as is our Ptbo Memorial Centre). But to now have to refer to it all throughout the tournament as the MasterCard Memorial Cup? Can you have it both ways? Can it be a memorial event….and still be a corporate event?
If so, would you be opposed to the Peterborough Memorial Centre being infused with corporate cash and renamed? (say, the Pepsi PMC? The General Electric PMC?) How blurry is the line for you?
Are some things too sacred for corporate sponsorship? (Ummmm, how about the Molson Stanley Cup? Or the Rogers Stanley Cup? Think there’d be an uproar in this country if that ever happened???)
Looking forward to reading your thoughts!