From Canada with love: More hockey songs

My hockey friends and I really enjoyed Rick Cornell’s selection of hockey songs (“Rings and rinks,” Sept. 23). Inspired: Warren Zevon’s “Hit Somebody” (to follow it up with “Boom Boom Mancini” was extra credit). Not so inspired: “Fifty Mission Cap” by The Tragically Hipnot a hockey song; by a crappy Canadian band from a crappy Canadian town that hasn’t been competitive in hockey in close to 50 years. (What the hell, I’m from Quebec.)

Anyway, I shared the list with some hockey bloggers in Montreal, and here’s what they added:

  1. “Harold Snepsts” by the Dik Van Dykes
  2. “The Good Old Hockey Game” by Stompin’ Tom Conners
  3. “The Saga of Rocket Richard” by Bob Hill and his Canadian Country Boys
  4. “Gump Worsley’s Lament” by Huevos Rancheros
  5. “Raised on Robbery” by Joni Mitchell (because we’re sure Joni’s implying that the Leafs are losing)
  6. And some song by Tom Cochrane (though I can’t get behind that)

John Allore

Carrboro still kickin’ … and walkin’

I was sad to read yet another article about the decline of Franklin Street (“Finding the pulse of Franklin Street,” Sept. 16). While I still enjoy Chapel Hill and frequent Franklin Street, as founder (with my wife, Helen) of the new Walk Carrboro campaign, I think it’s worth pointing out that what many people say is missing in Chapel Hill is still right here in Carrboro. For a small town, we have a remarkable range of shops opened by people who are passionate about what they do. We have world-renowned coffee, comedy and art. You can buy everything from chocolate to pottery, all made on the premises right here in Carrboro.

I invite your readers to pick up a free “Walk Carrboro” map or visit and see what’s going on in Carrboro. Our goal is simple: We never want anyone to write an article, as the Independent just did about Franklin Street and Chapel Hill, wondering what happened to the Carrboro they once loved.

Jesse Kalisher
President, Carrboro Merchants Association
Owner, The Jesse Kalisher Gallery