We stand on the verge of another sure to be historical event. The thousands who gathered in the streets to wave the flags and scream and shout, this tradition that started with a great street party on St. Clair in Toronto in 1982, it was all a result of what people saw on TV. Soccer is now regarded as a valuable sports property. But all of this came from very humble beginnings.
It was 39 years ago today that the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history was scored. And yet, in the almost four decades since that piece of vulcanized rubber got past Soviet Union goaltender Vladislav Tretiak, the Canadian who scored that goal, Paul Henderson, is still inexplicably not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Now that it no longer aspires to take over the world -- or at least subvert Western countries -- Russia is not the threat to peace that it once was. Even when I lived in Moscow, true communism was never really practiced. Most Muscovites had clandestine deals going on, where they could manipulate or cheat the system.