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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Where's the beef?

Before game one of the Stanley Cup finals, a DJ from an Edmonton radio station smuggled some Alberta Beef into the RBC center and chucked it on the ice following the singing of the national anthems. This stunt worked in Detroit, and in Anaheim. Not so much in Carolina.
Gary James was arrested on misdemeanor charges, escorted out of the building, banned from the RBC Center, and ordered to appear in Wake County court. That immediately made news, and it didn't seem like that big of a deal. What we didn't know, though, was that he was actually led out of there and taken "downtown" in handcuffs. It seems excessive, but in our previous series there had been some violent incidents and the arena security/police were on orders to "notch up" their enforcement.

His court day came, and his lawyer arranged for a very special plea bargain. Instead of paying a fine to the city, James has agreed to make a donation to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society on behalf of Canes coach Peter Laviolette. He thinks the donation will be around $500. Laviolette has embraced this cause because his next door neighbor has a five year old daughter battling Leukemia. He set up kiosks throughout the RBC Center selling red wristbands for a minimum donation of $1. He matched all donations dollar for dollar.

To make a donation to LLS, visit their secure donation page. To learn about Leukemia/Lymphoma, including other ways to help the cause, visit their main site. For my Canadian readers, the main site is here and the donation page is here.

The "Relentless" wristbands are available on-line here

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