Yesterday Argos o-liner Rob Murphy was fined some money for some “Less-Than-PC” tweets he made on the team’s trip to Montreal. While riding the train Murphy made note that he was “smelling foreigners this early in the A.M.” He added that the “novelty of riding on a train thru Ontario and Frenchland has worn out.”
First off, ‘Frenchland’ isn’t really offensive, is it? Quebec is a land where much French is spoken; ‘Frenchland,’ while not very subtle, is an accurate description. It would be like calling Ontario ‘Englishplace.’ Or Alberta ‘OilArea.’ Or Yukon ‘Cold.’ I seriously doubt Murphy was purposely trying to create ill-will against the residents of Quebec.
Second of all, I do understand why the CFL felt it was necessary to fine Mr. Murphy. In today’s lovely little politically correct world we live in, anything said (or tweeted) by someone that’s deemed 0.01% offensive to anyone is ground for discipline by said someone’s employer. Fair? No, but understandable. I may hate it, but it’s the world we live in.
Thirdly, and this was the most shocking part of the entire story: They were on a train?!? Seriously?!?! The Toronto Argonauts, a professional football team, took the train to Montreal?
My first reaction to this part of the story was bewilderment. I couldn’t believe that the Argos didn’t at least have a personalized airplane by the good people at Porter Airlines. But after thinking about it, I had a different perspective. I thought it was awesome that the Argos took the VIA.
It’s just so amazingly old-fashioned. It’s so fan-friendly. No private jets, no chartered planes, just a bunch of teammates crammed into tiny seats travelling to another city to play some football. Obviously I’m romanticizing it a bit, but am I the only one who finds teams travelling on trains much cooler than planes? Maybe I’ve just seen ‘Festival Express’ too many times and believe every long train ride ends up like that kind of positive group bonding.
By the way, you can follow Rob Murphy’s twitter at @BIGMURPH56. Should be entertaining for the rest of the season.
@zsommers (That’s me!)