Make the CN Tower a goal light, Scott Booth not giving up
Scott Booth is not giving up. (I hope the Leafs show this much fight in the playoffs.)
Booth, the recent George Brown marketing grad who is campaigning to turn the CN Tower into a Leafs goal light for the playoffs, has taken his battle to the next level.
He’s calling out executives at the tower in an open letter, demanding answers as to why they won’t follow through with what he and Leafs Nation wants. (Full letter is in the post.)
“It’s totally feasible,” he told the Star in a telephone interview Thursday, adding he’s had plenty of support and a bit of backlash.
Those against his idea “are Habs fans anyways, for the most part, so it’s awesome,” he said.
Since Bleeding Blue wrote about his change.org petition Monday afternoon, it has grown from 300 signatures to nearly 20,000.
Booth has been a busy boy since then, too.
From City TV, to CTV, NHL.com, the Toronto Sun and many other media outlets, Booth has been spreading his message.
He even got the attention of Nazem Kadri, who tweeted Tuesday that his idea is genius: “For all u suggesting turning the CN tower into a goal light for the post season...#genius!” Kadri said.
As spokespeople at the tower have said, a plan to light the tower blue for Leafs games was already in place and that’s what they are sticking to.
But Booth isn’t backing down, quieting down or going down without a fight.
“You’ve said no, but I find your explanation unconvincing,” he says in the open letter.
“You have a clear choice: Join Leafs Nation on what is the most exciting idea to hit this city in a long time or I want you to explain all of the cases where you other groups have contacted you with an idea and you made those ideas happen,” he says.
Booth is hoping his letter allows him a chance to pitch his idea further by having a talk with executives at the CN Tower.
As he notes at the end of his letter, he’ll be at the Leafs game Saturday night against Montreal at the ACC. He’s hoping they’ll talk with him then – when he gets a minute to spare…
Booth is planning to campaign for his CN Tower goal light at the game, collecting signatures for the petition.
Posters, a QR Code that leads to the petition and a group of friends to help him will get the job done, he told the Star on Thursday.
I still think it’s a great idea, and applaud Booth for his, dare I say it, truculence!
Here’s to the Leafs carrying their truculence into the playoffs, CN Tower goal light or not.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers. (Full letter is in post.)
Dear CN Tower Executives,
I am glad you noticed the thousands of us asking you to light up the tower each time the Leafs score in the playoffs. We know that you had a different idea for the tower during the playoffs, but that’s no reason not to consider a better idea if it comes up, especially when it comes from so many people. Take a look at the Nazem Kadri’s Twitter feed, NHL.com, the Toronto Star, Sports Illustrated, or of course, the 20,000 petition supporters, and you will see that Leafs Nation agrees.
You’ve said no, but I find your explanation unconvincing. It’s my understanding that there is no technical or financial issue preventing this from happening.
You have said you’re worried about setting a precedent and possibly offending other groups who might ask to light the tower. I’ll just politely remind you that you’ve already set the precedent when you lit the tower time and time again, for the Olympics, the CFL playoffs, and even a TV morning show! And if you were already going to light it up in blue for the games, why not take it one step further and give us what Leaf Nation really wants: a big red light for every goal, so that the whole city can erupt in cheers when it counts the most?
I totally understand some of these causes where you have lit the tower, like when a Federal Party leader has passed, but the others? You are really going to tell me that they are somehow more worthy than the goal light idea?
You have a clear choice: Join Leafs Nation on what is the most exciting idea to hit this city in a long time or I want you to explain all of the cases where you other groups have contacted you with an idea and you made those ideas happen.
When the Olympics people asked, did you think their idea was cooler than this one? I didn’t see that having 20,000 supporters demanding it happen and that was a lot more complicated than lighting the tower red.
Did some football person make some kind of contribution and ask you to make the tower go green?
Are you buddies with one of the morning show producers who asked for a favour?
What is it that they did that we need to do? You just tell us and we will make it happen.
You already set the precedent and we want answers. Your initial response just isn't good enough.
It is your choice. You make the call. We are not going anywhere until we get our goal light.
PS. I’ll be at the game Saturday if any of you want to talk about it there. Don’t worry - you’ll be able to find me.