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'Make a permanent tribute to our Olympic Champions'

Saturday, February 22, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

SooToday.com received the following letter from faithful reader Bill Nash in response to Team Jacobs' inspiring gold medal win at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Dear SooToday;

Feel free to post this letter on the SooToday website to encourage people to get behind my idea.

When you drive through St. John's Newfoundland, you can't help but drive down Team Gushue Way.  

Team Gushue was honored by the city of St. John's for their curling accomplishments.  

To date, Team Gushue has won an Olympic gold medal in Men's curling under the guidance of Russ Howard, and have been perennial Brier representatives and playoff contenders for the Canadian Championship.  

These are great accomplishments by Team Gushue and they are well deserved, yet stand pale in comparison to what Team Jacobs has done in the past few years.

Our city council needs to find a way to permanently honor this team with a similar action.  

I don't know if any new major streets are in the works for development in the Sault, but something has to be done.  

Perhaps because the physical conditioning that the team has shown to the world is front and center,renaming the newly built recreational center on Goulais Avenue "Team Jacobs Recreational Center" would be a fitting tribute.  

I am sure that Algoma University might also consider naming a building, roadway, or even a parking lot after the team; since three team members either attended or are currently attending the facility.

Don't drop the ball (or in this case, the rock) on this one.  Do the right thing, and make a permanent tribute to our Olympic and Canadian Champions.

Sincerely;

Bill Nash, Proud Canadian

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Traci 2/22/2014 11:11:21 AM Report

Yes absolutely and the sign when entering the city should not only say home of Roberta Bondar, but also team Jacobs as well!!!
Mactenzie 2/22/2014 11:18:26 AM Report

I think the sign should read "sault ste marie, home of traci"
Hook_Setter 2/22/2014 11:21:52 AM Report

I think everyone in the Sault is on board with this type of recognition, It would be shame not to see their name honoured in some way. The Recreation Centre is a good idea, but what about the Soo Curlers Club? With no real historical significance in the name, surely no one would be offended by re-naming the rink after our Olympic Champions! Also, I would expect a parade is already well into the works for after our Athletes return. Come oooon City Council (and whomever else is involved in such planning), let's show the Guys how truly proud we are of them. I say we parade Queen then meet at the Essar centre for an official welcoming.

Proud Saultite,

M.Nelson
ladydy 2/22/2014 11:24:48 AM Report

First of all, I think 'Mactenzie' needs to grow up. Second of all, when Team Jacobs comes home, we should have welcome home signs plastered all over Sault Ste. Marie. Team Jacobs deserves it!
Tag33&1/3rd 2/22/2014 11:28:56 AM Report

That picture of them posing on the Olympic rings would make a good bill-board!
(a comment or 2 from that posting was not so nice- I hope soo2day removed them!)
Onty 2/22/2014 11:29:52 AM Report

YES, something has to be done.
fender1970 2/22/2014 11:59:38 AM Report

And who would we responsible for the cost of building something to honor them... Lets see the city.. Please, I would much rather see money spent in this city in other ways... Besides they already got a star on the sault walk of fame... the things that come out of curling fans mouths..and why would you name a rec center after them when it has nothing to do with them...they don't even go there.
boilertyme 2/22/2014 12:00:44 PM Report

Don't we have to spend 20grand or so on a study first , lol, I'm sure Team Jacobs would not expect extravagance, a sign comming into town from each direction and a simple monument near their home rink.
Number One Son 2/22/2014 12:09:42 PM Report

Renaming Soo Curlers would not be a good idea. Although these guys have been the best by far from Soo Curlers, many other people there have done well in decades of their own and have not been recognized with such a change.

Early in the life of Soo Curlers, you had the likes of Jack Shaw and Glen Sagle, ... to be followed by Jack McFarlane in the late 60's and 70's,and of course Alan & Eric Harnden, Mike Coulter, and the list goes on. Also,we should not fail to mention several great women curlers that have come out of this club.

The other thing to realize is that the Soo Curlers building was built in 1965 and is older. The recognition would only last until the building is gone. Also, Soo Curlers is not a city owned club. They can do some recognition of their own, .... the concept here is city recognition.
old-cat33 2/22/2014 12:51:45 PM Report

We have the Roberta Bondar Place,Carmen's Way,Russ Ramsey,John Roswell and the sports walk of fame on Queen St. and so on, so they should do something for those guys.
cjborg 2/22/2014 1:11:26 PM Report

Two of many excellent suggestions:

...."Perhaps because the physical conditioning that the team has shown to the world is front and center,renaming the newly built recreational center on Goulais Avenue "Team Jacobs Recreational Center" would be a fitting tribute.

I am sure that Algoma University might also consider naming a building, roadway, or even a parking lot after the team; since three team members either attended or are currently attending the facility...."

Whatever is finally decided will be supported by the majority of Sooites.....

Great team effort by Team Canada.. you make us all very proud.... again and again....... you are a real inspiration for our youth and great city..... and of course CANADA.....

fender1970 2/22/2014 1:22:55 PM Report

Russ Ramsey and John Roswell did a lot in this city and for the city ..that's is why they are deserving to have streets named after them to put a curling team in the same ranks as them is rather stupid...like I said before the city DID do something for them they already got a star at city hall..
honda1984 2/22/2014 1:30:15 PM Report

not taking anything away from the great job they did but the soo has lots of sports figures that should be noted are we going to put a sign at the entrance to the city for all of them.what ever happened to the Esposito brothers sign
I'm In 2/22/2014 1:34:08 PM Report

First of all Poster Mactenzie should rename his posting handle to Macloser.
With the Accomplishments of Team Jacobs in the past two years who reinforced the City of Sault Ste. Marie on the world map they are deserving of a number of tributes that should be done in their honour, first of all by recognizing them on the entrance signs to this city.
scottstewy123 2/22/2014 2:13:19 PM Report

MarcHandthefunkybunch Are you sure that is his mom. And even if it was,what does that have to do with the son? A crime of a parent has nothing to do with the children. Marc I have got to say that was incredibly thoughtless comment. But you know what .In this country you have a right to free speech no matter how insensitive it is.


Yes something should be erected to celebrate the Team Jacobs win.
CB4 2/22/2014 2:28:08 PM Report

Our CEO wouldnt like that,lol. How about Randy Russon ,lol
leeza 2/22/2014 2:51:14 PM Report

DO IT!
frauleinbroomhilda 2/22/2014 3:52:32 PM Report

I totally agree. A tribute would be such an honour to our Olympic Champions as well as to our city.
tommy_boi07 2/22/2014 5:26:16 PM Report

While there may many athletes deserving of recognition this is the biggest sporting accomplishment in the history of the city. Curling is arguably the second or third most popular event at the Winter Olympics from a Canadian perspective. Gold has only been won by Canadian men twice before (2006 & 2010)and on top of that they have won almost everything important in curling in less than one year (only thing missing is a world championship gold). The memorial cup is won by a Canadian team every year, thousands of Canadians have their name on the Stanley cup. Only 2 other curling teams have won Olympic gold. If St. John's named a street after gushue we need to do something as well.
Sam C 2/22/2014 8:25:55 PM Report

The other athletes people have named certainly have made us proud, too. However, none has claimed an Olympic Gold Medal.This is a tremendous accomplishment, and does need to be recognized in a permanent way.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 2/23/2014 5:28:54 AM Report

It was his mom. 100%
tommy_boi07 2/23/2014 1:42:08 PM Report

It was his mom but that is irrelevant. He's a 28 year old man, his own person and has accomished something incredible. Something most of us couldn't even dream of. The actions of his family have no impact on his accomplishments and how he will be remembered. Bunch of idiots!
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