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04-25-2008, 03:01 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by habfan4 View Post
Good ol BG, ever the Devil's Advocate.

I'm sure the people booing are dedicated political activists, likely a bunch of Greenpeace members on shore leave from Farley Mowat's boat. Naw, now that I think of it, that seems too convenient, almost apologetic for bad behavior. I can't shake the feeling that the culprits are more likely a collection of liquored up cement heads and jingoistic/self righteous imbeciles. Not that it matters, even if political protest was the true motivation for these people, I can scarcely think of a more tepid demonstration of disapproval.
Hey, liquored up cement headed jingoistic/self righteous imbeciles sometimes catch a bit of the news too! In the context of more recent low-scale booing episodes, I totally buy AlexMeths logic above. As the prevailing generalization. But back in the day, there were some higher-profile political protest-based motivations behind some of the larger-scale booing too IMHO. Now, of course, that's hard to come by, since Barack and Hillary are rock stars on our TV too and we've got our own case of rampaging neoconitis to burn our cop cars over.
Forget the political overtones (such as they are), why not focus on courtesy. Why give offence simply for that sake of giving offence? Why not quietly sip your beer, listen to your iPod or eat your hot dog during the anthems.
Can I keep my baseball cap on while doing so too?
If they can't or won't bite their lips out of courtesy for our southern neighbors, then perhaps they'll do it for their fellow Canadians/Quebecers. Frankly, some of us are sick of apologizing for these yahoos like they’re our inbred cousin. The one who talks on his cell phone during movies or who parks in handicap spots when he runs into the convenience store for a carton of smokes.
I guess I have lower expectations. But then I only attend junior and AHL games anyway. I think they should get one home-team player to sing his own country's national anthem, once per season. Then give an award at the end of the year to the best performance. Maybe the fans can vote on it. Or have one of those noiseometers determine the winner based on the volume of cheering. Team winners will be known by the All-Star break, and then compete in an overall NHL Idol competition. After the All-Star break, it's random fan karaoke. If you beat the NHL Idol performance, you get a prize.

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