Don Cherry needs to be retired. He's become ugly.
"Pukes," is an often derogatory term popular at the junior levels ofs military circles for civilians ('civvy pukes') or members that haven't achieved some level of qualification or apparently demonstrate some sort of weakness.
Don Cherry un-apologetically thinks that people who question fighting in the NHL, including enforcers, are "pukes." According to Cherry, if your job as a hockey player is to hurt people instead of stopping or shooting pucks, and this task somehow wears on your humanity, you've committed high treason against the game. I mean, "What do you do for a living, Daddy?" "I beat up other people," isn't exactly something most people would eventually be proud of telling their kids.
Indeed, I worry now that "puke" is going to become the new slang for all the young kids and idiot parents in Cherry's audience. Way to encourage bullying.
The problem is that Cherry himself is not an enforcer. It's been decades, if ever, that he's been in a fight. Nobody's hit his head so many times he's become encephalitic. He hasn't had to live with the idea that his reason for employment is to dispassionately dummy someone for fans' entertainment.
He's made a very comfortable life for himself as a coach, and now especially as a TeeVee commentator. Once he went to Afghanistan and the army for some fucking reason let him fire a big gun. Maybe he killed someone, but like his comments in front of a camera, he's never really experienced the effects of his fetish for brutal violence.
In essence, then, he's a poseur and a coward. Fond of the tough talk and attitude, but safe and sound behind his walls of cameras, wealth, and colourful textiles. Quite like our Harperites.
It's about time he left the airwaves.
Also, what Cathie said.