An announcement was made. The government had made a recommendation, and the Queen herself had approved (she had no choice). Thomas Barry McLeod was to receive a knighthood. He not only had a lifetime of playing ice hockey in the country’s top team, but he had made a sizeable donation to the local soup kitchen that fed the homeless. Sir Thomas McLeod!
Sir Thomas McLeod has a certain ring to it! It was as if, when his parents had named him, they knew he would be destined for greatness, and had selected a name that would sound grand when appendaged with a title. Sir Thomas McLeod!
Gregory John Greenwell also played ice hockey and had made a donation to the soup kitchen. He didn’t get a knighthood. No one had really heard of him.
Sir Thomas McLeod was interviewed. He said: “I am extremely humbled to receive a knighthood.”
Gregory Greenwell was also interviewed (for no apparent reason). He said: “I am extremely humiliated not to receive a knighthood.”