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Bob Dunning: Munn will make an interesting candidate

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From page A2 | February 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

MUNN’S THE WORD … with a promise of “fiscal responsibility,” longtime Davisite John Munn has decided to toss his hat into the City Council bull ring for one of two seats up for grabs in June … win or lose, he’ll be a welcome addition to the mix … so far we have an incumbent who will have to defend her record on the council, a school board member who might face difficult questions about the recent expenditure of tax dollars on our volleyball silliness, and another candidate who recently and publicly expressed overt contempt for those in town who dared to challenge the city’s new water rates … Munn, as it turns out, is precisely one of those who did challenge the rates … at the very least, it should make for some interesting and potentially explosive candidate forums …

THE ULTIMATE TEST … when it comes to elections, it’s good to remember that issues come and go, but we’re stuck with the characters we elect … yes, character counts … so, as I evaluate candidates seeking my vote, my ultimate question is which candidate would I call if I were stuck on the Causeway with engine trouble at 2 a.m. on a dark and stormy night … I mean, you’re either a public servant or you’re not, and what better way to serve the public than to rescue a stranded motorist with a helping hand and a bowl of chicken soup? … from what I know of John Munn, he passes the Causeway test with flying colors …

HOCKEY, SCHMOCKEY … last Friday I wrote that competitors in men’s Olympic hockey, most of them NHL veterans, would rather win the Stanley Cup than an Olympic gold medal … that statement brought a strong rebuke from my friend Jonathan, who said my words were “extremely upsetting” to him … “How could you get it so wrong?” he asks … “The men’s Olympic gold in hockey does not pale in comparison to the Stanley Cup.” …

I beg to differ … if you took every NHL star and told him he would be granted but one wish, to a man they’d take the Stanley Cup over Olympic gold … Jonathan claims hockey players are a different breed than the spoiled superstars of professional football, baseball and basketball — and he may be right — but my words stand … LeBron would rather win the NBA finals and Serena Williams would rather win Wimbledon … in many sports, the Olympics are the absolute test, but for high-profile athletes in major sports, the Olympics are a side show …

MEDAL METTLE … after the U.S. men’s hockey team dropped a 5-0 consolation decision to Finland — yes, powerful Finland — I suspect my friend Jonathan (see above) and I can at least agree that the Stanley Cup is more important to men’s hockey players than the bronze medal … put simply, once they were eliminated from gold medal consideration, the American men didn’t bother to show up for Finland …

MEDAL MANIA … shame on NBC for constantly reminding us about the “medal race” in Sochi … while we’re all interested in how various countries compared to each other, the total medals won is not an accurate reflection of “superiority.” … much more accurate is to give weight to each medal won, such as 10 points for gold, 7 for silver and perhaps 2 for bronze … if it’s really necessary to scream “We’re No. 1,” at least add some accuracy to the determination …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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  • Rich RifkinFebruary 25, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    "the total medals won is not an accurate reflection of “superiority.” … much more accurate is to give weight to each medal won, such as 10 points for gold, 7 for silver and perhaps 2 for bronze." .............. The problem with medal counts in the Olympics is that some sports--many of them very minor in the popular imagination--have a lot of gold to be won, while other sports--like ice hockey--have just one gold medal over the full competition. For example, a woman from Belarus, Darya Domracheva, won three individual gold medals in biathlon: the 10k, the 12.5k, and the 15k. By medal count, Domracheva was three times better than Canada's women's ice hockey team, which won just one gold medal. It's similar in the summer games, where there are dozens of swimming events that award gold medals, but only one for basketball ... and worst of all, not one gold medal is out there for NFL football. Let's see Belarus line up against the 49ers.

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  • Alan MillerFebruary 26, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Bob, I like your "Causeway Test". That's pretty much how I choose . . . . . . . . . though where in heck was Ross when I had that flat?

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