Okay, Canadians, this is officially pathetic
Hardly what I expected for my first post of the new year. Nonetheless, a bit of a shock to look up canada.com and find:
Canadian fans take cheap shots at U.S.A. by Pete McMartin
[U.S. head coach Walt Kyle] was under the mistaken impression -- one still shared by many Americans, the poor, trusting boobs -- that because our two great countries are neighbours and have co-existed peacefully for over 150 years and have vast economic and cultural ties, that he could consider Canada a home-ice-away-from-home and Vancouverites would naturally cheer for the American team rather than for a team from a country which, not 20 years ago, was chiefly known for its vicious soul-crushing despotism, and whose hockey teams were reviled by Canadian fans as products of a drab socialist machine that saw sport as nothing more than an arm of state propaganda.
But Kyle hadn't figured on the Canadian weakness for envy; I'll bet he didn't even suspect that that weakness existed, or would find expression in something as well intentioned as an international hockey tournament.
. . . (And imagine the Canadian reaction if an American hockey crowd had chanted "Canada Sucks!" Imagine the country-wide alarm! Imagine the indignant frothing! Imagine the CBC- televised forum hosted by Peter Mansbridge on the crisis in U.S.-Canada relations, featuring the nationalist ravings of Maude Barlow!)
Kyle and his team deserve an apology.
Consider this one.
Thanks, Pete, that's very decent of you. I'm sure the majority of Canadians would agree with you. Something like this is very shocking to Americans, who mostly have the attitude, "If an American can't win it, better a Canadian than anyone else!" I'm sure they were totally mystified, not to say hurt. But then, they're from McChimpy Bushhitlerland, so what do their feelings matter?