He claims he is too busy working for the Australian people to pay attention to something so frivolous as climate change. It’s not like that’s causing increased droughts and more frequently bushfires (two things the Australian public never deals with).
He has, instead, decided to send Julie Bishop in his place. He could send someone like the Minister for Climate Change… if that was a position that still existed. Or Greg Hunt, the minister of the Environment who job title seems vaguely related to the subject of “the biggest global environmental problem facing the world today.”
When asked why he did something so unusual he replied ”you know, when you put it like that it might make me seem uncaring about global warming… but I still have the Australian public’s best interests at heart… as long as your interests involve scary foreigners. We should all be focusing on the scary foreigners because that’s the basis for a lot of my political ideologies.”
THE CAPTAIN OF LILLIPUT
Daniel Brière is happy. Not because of his three goals and eight assists in eight playoff games through Monday, but because for the first time since his NHL debut in 1997-98 his team sent an opponent—the Brobdingnagian Flyers—home for the summer. “We kept hearing [Philadelphia coach] Ken Hitchcock and some of their players say that the longer the series went, the tougher it would be on us because they could wear us down,” says Brière, who alternates as team captain with Drury, who is known as Little Bulldog. “We were smaller, but we proved we can play with the big boys.”
On a team built to thrive under the NHL’s new rules, Brière is showcasing his freewheeling style—a mix of swerving skating, feistiness and creativity—in front of friends and families and against his hometown team. He grew up, if not tall, five minutes from downtown Ottawa, across the Ontario border in what is now Gatineau, Que. He lied about his height throughout junior hockey, sometimes listing himself as 5’10” (“That double digit seemed important, but 6 feet was a little too obvious,” he says), but the fudging stopped long ago. He still hears jibes—Senators winger Dany Heatley, who played with Brière in Switzerland during the lockout, says his friend “looks 12”—and the mean-spirited ones are stored in his memory’s hard drive.
"Being a smaller guy actually helped my career," he says. "That’s been my motivation: to prove people wrong. When I was drafted, I saved the newspaper clippings with experts saying how I’d never make it. If I’d been 6’1" or 6’2", if everyone had been telling me, ‘You’re good, you’re going to make it,’ I don’t know if I would have had the drive."
Working to improve his game, Brière has left no stone unturned. From 2002 through ‘04 he lifted boulders as part of his summer training with Hugo Girard, a powerful link in the historic chain of Quebec strongmen and a mainstay on those loopy competitions that ESPN2 televises at odd hours. Brière would do the farmer’s walk (carrying heavy weights in each hand), tote fire hydrants across parking lots and flip monster tractor tires “as big as me.” He credits Girard with developing his strength and, by extension, his scoring. In his first 190 pre-boulder-lifting NHL games, Brière averaged .53 of a point per game; in the subsequent 212 postboulder games, he averaged .85. This season he had 58 points in 48 games, a 1.2 average that ranked 11th in the NHL. If you’re counting, and Brière isn’t, that computes to about .83 of a point per inch.
Tiny, Happy People (Holding Sticks), Sports Illustrated, May 15, 2006
if you ever wondered how many short jokes someone could cram into a hockey article, this pretty much covers it