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07-13-2008, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by xander View Post
I have honestly never understood why we sing the national anthem (or anthems for hockey) before sporting events. I just don't see what is so nationalistic about a game played by professionals, many of whom are neither American or Canadian. I can understand it at the olympics or the world cup, but professional sports teams are overwhelmingly international.

I absolutely agree--I never understood why it happens at a hockey or baseball game. Why not at the opera? Doesn't make sense there, does it? Then why at a sporting event?

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