Slow clap for the Flames Organization

Just when this item seems to be getting a little old, more and more information is coming to light about the fateful decision to jump the Calgary Flames and their families to the front of the H1N1 vaccination line up. During a time when thousands of hard-working non-hockey-playing Albertans are waiting in line ups so long that many are expiring of natural causes before they reach the front of the line, the Flames flexed their collective clout and had a special vaccination clinic set up for the private use of the Team and their families.

This story broke earlier in the week when it was brought to our collective attention that the Calgary Flames had jedi mind tricked someone senior at Alberta Health Services into setting up a private clinic to administer flu vaccines to the Flames players, staff and families. This inspired many levels of rage amongst a good many people, who believed that Pro Athletes should be left to die at the hands of H1N1 infected zombie hordes that will be terrorizing major Canadian cities within days.

Once this initial story had made the rounds like a Californian Wildfire, more news comes today that the Flames have defended themselves publicly with one arm and with the other quietly went about having their AHL farm team skipped to the front of the line too.

“Tuesday evening, with the great Flames Flu Scandal still raging, members of the Calgary Flames farm club were quietly inoculated against H1N1 by their team physician.

This, despite the fact that British Columbia has been strictly rationing its flu vaccine from the outset. According to the B.C. health department, only pregnant women, children under five, those with serious chronic health conditions, and caregivers of infants under six months, are currently entitled to receive the vaccine.

Perry Kendall, B.C.’s chief health officer, says doctors in private practice can requisition vaccine for their patients, but only on the understanding that it be reserved for those high-risk cases. Nonetheless, the Heat’s team doctor officially diagnosed most of the players as "high-risk" and vaccinated them accordingly.”

Oh man, is this ever rich.

If we actually believed that the swine flu was a threat to 99% of the population we might be more concerned about this. But instead we can totally see how this was a good idea for the medical staffers involved and the heretofore community oriented Calgary Flames.

Not only do NHL hockey players have a greater need to ward off disease than say – oh a 94 year old woman with chronic bronchitis – we can also see how protecting the Calgary Flames of tomorrow should be jobs number 1 and 2 respectively. If this wasn’t insulting enough to the father of four, wearing his Flames hat a little less proudly as he waits in a 6 hour line to have his toddlers immunized today, he can rest easy knowing that the families of both the NHL and AHL teams have been vaccinated as well.

Although

Well, who would want to live with the knowledge that Mrs. Robyn Regehr contracted the H1N1 virus whilst shopping for purses at Holt Renfrew? Would you want that hanging over your head? Would ya? Huh? What if Cory Sarich’s aunt’s cousin’s babysitter were to get sick too? How would that impact the penalty killing unit? Where do you want to draw the line for who to save and who to let go?

Never mind that most of the hockey wives we have met rarely, if ever, leave the confines of their rented Canadian apartment to do anything that interacts with the swarms of “non players and player families” that infest every inch of the city that they have to live in 6 months of the year. These disease ridden germ bags will totally cough on you as you wait in line for your daily Starbucks. Ew!

Look at this picture of people waiting in line for flu shots today:

Babies. Babies, their parents and more babies. How can a baby be expected to post a .600 record on the road? Will a 3 year old score you 20 goals and suck up 15 quality minutes of ice time on any given night? Not on your life brother. No, given the choice between saving the Flames and saving non-hockey playing children and the elderly, what is being called "the biggest black eye in franchise history" has been a great idea.

The other thing that is sad about this business

In addition to the firestorm outlined above, comes news that the Health Authoritados have found the person in charge of this fateful decision and have promptly fired his ass. Think that the players are calling that guy to send their sincere apologies? Yeah, we can totally see the Flames – or even better their families- banding together to assist the long serving civil servant who made the fateful decision to help his local hockey squadron. This poor bastard has just seen a 20 year career in Medical Administration go right out the window to give preferential treatment to a group of people that probably won’t even give it a second thought.

Man, do we ever hate the Flames.

  • Hemmertime

    Oh and for predictions… well I actually think the Rangers are going to win but… Oilers 3-2, goals by 27, 71 , 46. Ranger goals by Del Zotto and a Dman

  • BarryS

    In tonights I perdict many missed passes, a lot of giveaways, a couple own goals, more shots missing the net than hitting it, players tripping over other players sticks, obvious penalties misssed, fanthom penalties called, a great many faceoffs lost and oilers 6-5 over the rangers.

    GoOilers!!

  • BarryS

    The players on these teams collectively make $55 million in payroll, and pay a lot of taxes. Most people make the comment that these people are not better than us, so why do they get all these privledges. Well they are all better than us, make more money, and live as close of a life to a celebrity as you can in Canada. So if they and their families want flu shots first, let them. If anyone really wanted the shot, they could leave their place an hour before the clinic opened and get one, so dont say they are stealing shots from poor defenceless children. If you earn over 500k/year, and weren't able to get the shot, then you have a right to whine. Regular people do not.

    • 1st- you're a dolt. To say they are better than us because they make more money is just ignorant. You can say they are better than us at hockey. Period.

      2nd- people were lining up at four in the morning to try to get a shot, not leaving their house at 8am, so it was not that easy.

      3rd-you only have the right to whine if you make over 500k?!?

      4th-nah, I'll just stick with you're a dolt.

  • Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

    This is the first statement you've made that I can get on board with.

    Last week in Manitoba the government was not screening to ensure that the low-risk categories were being turned away. Due to local media coverage touting the H1N1 as the next big people killer people panicked and started to line up. The clinics that were set up saw up to 5x the expected turnout for vaccinations and let them all through. Now faced with a looming shortage, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has started issuing statements that they have now begun screening and low-risk people are being turned away at the vaccination clinics.

    I'm not sure if this is how things were handled last week in Alberta, but if it was our Manitoba Moose who skipped the line last week, it wouldn't have bothered me at all because anyone could have received it. If they skipped the line today, it would be a different story because they're receiving the shot while people are being turned away entirely.

    As far as the story today goes, probably not a classy move this week to vaccinate the farm team while they're trying to distance themselves from last week's debacle.