Rick Rypien. What is going on with the recent untimely death of athletes? NHL Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien, 27 years old, found dead Monday has followed closely on the heels of Rangers forward Derek Boogard’s passing this past spring.
However for basic sports fanatics across the board in the last few months we’ve been witness to the unexpected deaths across the sporting community. Former New York Yankee pitcher Hideki Irabu committed suicide at 42, Olympic speed skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson also killed himself a few weeks ago and joined the macabre list that included former NFL Chicago Bear’s Dave Duerson who shot himself last winter.
This is an ever growing list of tragedies that only touch the surface of what appears to be a excessive list beyond the names mentioned here that have died premature deaths from an assortment of medical mysteries and fatal misadventure. This has become a trend in the sporting world that demands investigation and cannot be brushed aside.
Daniel Kowbell, Mississauga
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about transit?
1. Better late than early. I’d rather have a bus show up a minute or two late than a minute or two early. It’s incredibly annoying when I am on-time and still miss the bus because it was early.
2. If a train arrives as a bus does, the bus should be required to wait two or three minutes before departing. If the bus was there before the train, I can see some merit in keeping the bus on time and having it not wait (because another train could show up and cause another delay and etc).
3. The schedules should be simplified to the London, England style: they should just say “about every X minutes” or just list the minutes of the hour when more than three lines on the schedule reflect that interval.
Jason Uppenborn, Edmonton
I was recently back East where I saw a bus stop that had an electronic signage system showing how many minutes before the next buses came. It was updated from a remote computer based on the buses’ previous stops.
Cathy Foley, Edmonton