I found it obnoxious that they would do such a thing, but am convinced that as hockey fans they wouldn't have even heard of the gaff in Afghanistan, and it's traditional to boo opposing teams anthems ain't it? Checking news reports it seems this has happened at more than one sports venue this last week or so...
Booing anyone's national anthem is moronic and useless.
It's as stupid as attempting to use any significant psycho-analytical methodology in explaining why sports fans do it.
There is no significant reason why the crowd at The Palace in Auburn Hills booed the Canadian national anthem before the Detroit Pistons-Toronto Raptors NBA playoff game Sunday night.
No need looking for deep, buried hostility.
The reasons are right on the surface and quite simple. It's stupidity and thoughtlessness. These are sports fans who have trouble separating reality from the insignificant, pure escapism that is professional sports, who have wrapped themselves in the colours of American flag and announce that "It's us against them." There is no other way.
How does one explain to the knuckle-draggers that they are in desperate need of a life that doesn't revolve around multi-millionaire players attempting to put a ball inside a hoop?
Booing a national anthem goes beyond the boundaries of even fan zealotry. To most countries, their anthem is a symbol of their nationhood and independence. Demeaning it is one of the greatest signs of disrespect one can show a country.
Was it too much to ask that those who booed show a modicum of respect for Canada considering an American bomber killed four Canadians and injured eight in Afghanistan in an incident of friendly fire?
Obviously, it was.
Then they would have been forced to acknowledge something or someone exists beyond the boundaries of the good ol' U. S. of A. Far too many of those fans believe the world begins and ends with the red, white and blue.
This happened in Detroit, separated from Canada by the Detroit River. It might as well be the Atlantic Ocean.
"Duh, I didn't know Canadians got killed. But I wonder what's going to happen to Robert Blake's parrot now that Blake's been arrested for murdering his wife."
Canadians will wait for an apology from someone, somewhere. We'll be waiting a long time. Look at the coaxing it took to get a half-baked apology out of the knuckle-dragger they have as president. What is one to expect from sports fans?
After all, fan is a derivative of "fanatic." Enough said.
And boo is a derivative of the word "boor." Enough said.
OK, I made the last part up, but it definitely fits, as a "boor" is a rude or insensitive person
The Canadian national anthem takes a beating almost as much as Canadian teams do.
- There was the upside-down Canadian flag incident before the World Series in 1992 when a U.S. Marine Honour Guard marched in with the flag in Atlanta.
- Mary O'Dowd forgot the words to the national anthem in Yankee Stadium in the mid-1980s.
- K.C. Parks sang the Canadian anthem to the tune of O Christmas Tree before a Canadian Football League game in 1995 in Las Vegas.
- New York Knicks fans booed the Canadian national anthem before an NBA game against the Raptors last year.
- And who can forget Canada's own TSN snubbing the local McAuley singing group, who warbled the anthems before a major league baseball all-star game.
There is one other reason why the fans boo national anthems. Anthems don't illicit the same respect they once did. Stop playing them before every dog and pony show.
An anthem is no longer special. Only on rare occasions does it move the spirit and the soul.
Look around the next time the anthem is played. Fans continue to walk and talk and many men don't remove their caps. Athletes shift their feet and slouch and many walk or skate away before the anthem is over. The media talk or walk around in the press box. Singers often forget or change words or stylize the anthem so that it sounds like gangsta' rap or Mickey Mouse singing on 78.
And those are just a few of the atrocities committed on national anthems.
Save the anthem for international events involving national teams. Then it truly means something. It becomes a symbol for a nation, not an over-used ditty. When I was young they played the Anthem at the end of every cinema showing, and you stood up and stood still, there was always a rush to get out before it started, fair enough, but if you got caught halfway out the cinema when it started, you damn well stood still where you were until it finished
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