sometimes i feel as if pj is trying to stay relevant
I know that two of the four players were David Norman and igor vrablic
Any addiction has to be so very difficult to deal with and I applaud PJ for his courage to battle this and do it publicly to potentially assist other addicts, particularly those athletes in the ultra-party lifestyle that they are constantly surrounded by. Surely, there are other addicts in the pro sports world and if this able to help even one of them deal with it, then it's a great thing.
I also noticed that line about the CSA and the brochure and found it quite peculiar.
I listened to his latest podcast episode from Red Nation and not gonna lie... I was shocked. He read an excerpt from his book towards the end and honestly it was genuine and emotional. I hope they'll make this into a audiobook using Paul's voice as well.
BTW, the Fifth Estate episode was aired exactly Tuesday Oct 10th 1989. Nowhere to be found on the CBC archive though.
Just finished the book and wow! Joshie I beleive no one who reads this book will want it as an audio-book read by Paul James. What was released in the press was a precious small few quotes showing genuine emotion dealing with his serious health issue. I read the Davidson article and was shocked. I felt very sad for Paul and a lot of Pity. What he has gone through in the last 10 years no one should have to go through. I couldn't wait to get home yesterday and read his book.
I just finished the book and all I feel is disgust. I'm not going to go in great detail but can only suggest you guys read it for yourself.
Here is a quote about our group: (About 71% in the Amazon E-Book, Location 3566 of 5084)
"...He seemed to be a Paul James supporter - a rare specimen, I thought at the time. Two months later while perusing the Voyageurs forum, I discovered he had been a regular part of the chat site for many years using a pseudonym. He was, contrary to my original thought, a harsh undermining critic of mine. He was also the most influential leader of the Voyageurs group.
A year later, I invited the guy for lunch to inform him about an exciting alumni initiave I was working on to assist Canadian soccer. When I sat down opposite him and looked him in the eyes, I wanted to deck him for the underhanded approach he and some of his colleagues on the forum had taken over the years. He talked about Canadian soccer and all its ills yet he and his "mates" had contributed so much harm without a semblance of soccer knowledge or talent."
I wouldn't let someone take my Canadian citizenship from me for anything.
- Jim Kale (The Guess Who)
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Thanks for putting us in our place, Captain Canada!
And if we can still believe in tomorrow, yesterday will disappear soon enough - IQ, The Wake (1985)
This is exactly what I was expecting from Paul James' book, which is why I posted what I did below. Why would he be any different now that he has come out as a drug addict? Now he has won everyone's sympathy so what better time to continue his nasty and vicious agenda against whoever he pleases and make some money off it in the process.
When he first started his broadcasts he made some very insightful analysis and said some things that needed to be said that no one else had the balls to say. If one searched the archives, you could find some very complimentary commentary from myself about him at this time. Then he started making bizarre, nasty comments out of the blue about various people and organizations for no apparent reason, one of which was the Voyageurs.
The sad thing is he could have been so much more. He could have been a great of Canadian soccer not a guy who betrayed his country, threw a match, betrayed even his other criminal teammates (I am very sceptical about his claims that his conscious bothered him, he was probably scared of getting caught so turned them in to avoid charges himself) and then despite having an excellent knowledge of the game became a nasty hack journalist making vicious attacks that were undeserved.
The only thing I disagree about from what CanadasBest posted is the suggestion we read his book. I don't think we should give him the time of day and certainly we should not give him any money.
And for the record as one of his critics on the Voyageurs I have never had lunch with him nor ever intend to. Nor do I have any idea who the said "most influential leader of the Voyageurs group" is. It would not even surprise me if this episode and much of the rest of the book is inaccurate or completely untrue.
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