Monday, May 15, 2006

The Booing Thing...Again

Dateline San Jose: Sharks Fans Involved in International Incident
photo: sfgate.com
So the folks from Haite-Ashbury south decided it would be hip to boo "Oh, Canada" the other night in the Shark Tank. Doubt it had anything to do with nationalism. I think these next generation hippies, Mac programmers and weekend anarchists just reject organized forms of government in general, be they domestic or foreign. When asked about the incident, this Sharks fan remarked, "Dude, if we can just get some of that fine Columbian medicinal weed from Canada we'll quit booing."

Now we went round and round on this with the BC fans at the WJC. Jes makes a good point in today's anti-Oil rant where he basically asks, "Why do we play anthems anyway?" Why Jes? Why? Well that's simple. The NHL is a like a little UN Security Council. The western hemisphere and Euros dominate, but all have a unique identity and heritage that must be respected. Why do we play the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Oh, Canada" but leave out the Czech and Soviet anthems? Now I know you probably need a drunk guy with an accordian to play the Czech anthem, and the Russian anthem only works when there is goose stepping and massive parades involving trucks and missles, but please, hockey is a big tent. We have to be all-inclusive.

I say if we are gonna do anthems, let's do 'em all. One for every nation represented in the house. It will only take around fourty-five minutes at the start of every game. I believe we are obligated to make sure that somebody finds out whether there is actually a national anthem for Kazakhstan when Evgeni Nabokov is in town. It may just be a bunch of Cossack's screaming war cries and riding around on little ponies, but we owe it to world harmony to make the effort. And when Cristobal Huet takes the ice, we need to play La Marseilles where all us citizens of the global community can join in it's stirring refrain of...

Tremble, tyrants! and you, traitors,The disgrace of all groups,Tremble!
Your parricidal plans will finally pay the price! (repeat)

Nothing promotes world harmony like those kind of lyrics. Don't ya think? Booing is just hate speech. We can't have any of that in hockey now can we?

Everybody find their happy place and sing along with me now, I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony, grow apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtle doves.."

8 comments:

The Acid Queen said...

Yanno, I think I'd be the only one at the RBC who would have the balls to errr could actually sing La Marseillaise.

(I shudder to think of how Holly Wilver would butcher THAT one)

DrFrankLives said...

I love the tune to La Marseillaise, but man, the words are harsh:

Allons enfants de la Patri-i-e, le jour de gloire est arrive!

That's pretty cool "Let's go, children of our country. The day of Glory has arrived!"

No problem with that. Buy man, does this song get weird or what?

To arms citizens! Form your batallions! March, March. Let impure blood water our furrows!

ohhhhhh-kayyy.


Give me rockets red glare any day.

CasonBlog said...

News Flash: If you play the Czech national anthem backwards you get the Slovak national anthem.

Michael said...

Nad Tatrou Sa Blýská?

CasonBlog said...

Ah ha! Thunder over the Tatra Mountains. But can you play an accordian backwards? I thought you were cursing me in Serbo-Croatian. Good to hear from you again Mike.

Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

Where did you get that picture of me?

CasonBlog said...

Is it really you or Nick Nolte, Ingmar?

Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

Ha! Okay, that's Nolte. ;)