It seems any time someone boos the American anthem at a hockey game in Canada; The Right is up in arms about a wave of anti-Americanism sweeping the True North Strong and Free. And of course, the Liberals are always somehow to blame.
I wonder, then, if righty bloggers will be up in arms over the news that last night the fans in San Jose, where their Sharks were facing Canada's last Stanley Cup hope, the Edmonton Oilers, booed O'Canada so loudly it nearly drowned-out the anthem singer?
I'm sure there is still some way to blame this on the Liberals though. Perhaps they're unhappy at the Liberal's criticism of the softwood lumber sellout?
Or, maybe, they're just hockey fans that got a little bit overzealous, just as happens in Canada from time to time? Yeah, I'd go with that one too. Anthem booing by anyone, though, isn't cool.
Go Oilers Go (for lack of any other Canadian team)!
May 14, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. (CP) -- San Jose Sharks fans were in a nasty mood Sunday night, loudly booing the Canadian national anthem before the start of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal.
The Sharks are playing the Edmonton Oilers.
Annemarie Martin had barely began singing O Canada when many in the sellout crowd of 17,496 began booing. The sound was so loud it nearly drowned out Martin.
As the song progressed the booing decreased and some Shark fans joined in singing the Canadian national anthem.
There was no apparent motive for the booing _ just a questionable expression of the fans' dislike of the Oilers, who won the last two games in Edmonton to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2.
Fans in both arenas didn't boo the opposing national anthem prior to Sunday's game.