January 6, 2006, - 10:40 am

Thanks, Canada: Blatant Anti-Americanism @ Hockey Competition

By Debbie Schlussel
Hmmm . . . . Why is there almost no media coverage of egregious anti-Americanism at this week’s World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver, Canada? The only thing we saw was a tiny article buried in the USA Today sports section.
But the competition is important because it was filled with anti-American booing. Seems our Canadian neighbors to the North cheered for every opponent country playing the U.S.

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And, predictably, USA Hockey officials–whose salaries we subsidize through tax-deductions and security our taxes provide–are sticking their heads in the sand. Here’s what USA Today reported about what happened to Team USA:

Their on-ice struggles were exacerbated by anti-American sentiment. U.S. officials believe fans’ decision to root for the USA’s opponents primarily reflected a pro-Canadian philosophy about hockey. . . . “I’m not going to speculate wether politics had anything to do with it,” USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio said. “To me, this is just sports . . . . I’m a Red Sox fan. We root against the Yankees.”

Whatever. One wonders: Is this a prelude to what we can expect at next month’s Winter Olympics? Count on it. But don’t plan to read about it in the “Mainstream Media”.
*** UPDATE: Reader David E. calls the anti-American country to the North, “Canuckistan”. We concur.

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16 Responses

Is it too much to ask that the American team moon the audience and then go home? And that American TV networks drop coverage?

Walter E. Wallis on January 6, 2006 at 11:31 am

You need to chill out just a bit.
First, it is a bit of a compliment to US hockey that Canadian fans boo the US team. I remember when the hockey players produced by the US were quite mediocre; now they are among the world’s best. Canadians see the US as competition in the same category as the Russians and better than the Swedes. Indeed, since the US plays much the same style as we do, we know we’re in for a tough match against the Americans. So there is self interest at work here.
Secondly, are you unfamiliar with the word “rivalry”? In sports more than in anything else we cheer against our rivals. I hate the Boston Bruins, but I still cheer for them when the play the Habs.
Finally, it has many times been the same in reverse. Whether it was the truncated Canadian national anthem at the Olympics, the upside down Canadian flag at the World Series, or the way the US Olympic Committee sold Canada out when Toronto lost the Olympics to China (that bastion of human rights), Canada has never been able to count on US support or loyalty when it came to sports.
Your complaining makes it sound as though you you can dish it out but can’t take it. I would prefer to enjoy it as a friendly rivalry.

Blaise on January 6, 2006 at 11:45 am

I love it! I love seeing those jealous Canadian sissies show what whiners they are.
First, they have a great number speak French, big strike one. Second, their taxes are sky high, the commie socialists. Third, why do they say “oot” instead of “out”, “aboot” instead of “about”, and have to end every single sentence with “eh?”
Speaking of hockey, my lovely Debbie, don’t YOU boo me, but I have a great seat tonight to see the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit DeadWings. Wish you were here!

Jeff_W on January 6, 2006 at 12:47 pm

There’s some line in the national anthem of that big backwater to the north about “standing on guard for thee … Oh, Canada, blah, blah, etc.” Thing is, it’s Americans who are really the ones entitled to sing that line.

LukeGofannon on January 6, 2006 at 6:04 pm

It’s embarrassing to be canadian lately, when I travel abroad I travel as an Albertan. Canadians are always complaining about America, I always say to them, maybe it would be better to have russia or china as the super power, would that make you happy? They always seem to change the subject.

Andrew on January 7, 2006 at 10:51 am

Screw the Canadians. By the way, where is Canada?

MQ on January 7, 2006 at 7:39 pm

Screw the Canadians. By the way, where is Canada?

MQ on January 7, 2006 at 7:41 pm

Most Americans and Debbie probably aren’t aware that American defencemen Jack Johnson cheap shotted a Canadian player just as Canada was scoring an empty net goal against the USA…
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/juniors/2005-12-31-world-juniors_x.htm
It was a pretty classless action which I think had a great deal to do with subsequent anti-American sentiment during the play-off round of the tournament.
You see, there are ugly Americans out there… like Jeff_W, Luke Gofannon, MQ and Jack Johnson. That’s who Canadians boo. We actually like some of you.

James Scearce on January 8, 2006 at 2:57 pm

Hey, I like Canada, they have Rush and great ginger ale

KOAJaps on January 8, 2006 at 5:14 pm

…That’s who Canadians boo. We actually like some of you
That’s baloney. I know from real first-hand experience that Canadians are pathologically anti-American. They can’t be pleased when it comes to the US: either we are guilty of cultural imperialism or we don’t pay enough attention to them.
So, don’t kid yourself, pal, ’cause you’re not kidding me.

LukeGofannon on January 9, 2006 at 12:04 am

Canadians should love the US. We took those no talent hacks Michael J. Fox, Brian Adams, Celine Dion, Pam Anderson, and the super annoying Alanis Morrissette and made them very rich.
Like the song from the South Park movie says, “Blame Canada.”
You can add me to the list, too, James.

The_Man on January 9, 2006 at 1:08 am

So how do I know that Canadians are pathologically anti-American? It’s because I am married to one.
From my exposure to friends and relatives in Canada, I’ve found that even those Canadians who aren’t particularly left-leaning will make smug and snide anti-American remarks. This will happen at least once or twice a day. And they do this even though they know (of course) that I am American and even though I neither say anything to provoke their remarks nor say anything in response (my position has become, “Why bother, eh?”). Imagine what they say to each other when there’s no American around. Sometimes they’ll claim their cheap anti-Americanism is really just a sign of their own insecurities about “being the neighbor of a superpower” with an encroaching culture, etc., etc. I’m no longer buying that explanation: in general, Canadians actually seem to have a huge moral superiority complex (the way they view themselves in most polls suggests that they see themselves and their country as better than Americans and the United States in every way). Canadian hockey fans root against the US team not because they respect the US team and not because of a cheap shot by a US player, but because they feel they are better than Americans. Of course, they get their patriotism (as they get most everything else) on the cheap.

LukeGofannon on January 9, 2006 at 9:08 am

I have proof that Canadians are superior to Americans…
Check this out… Bruce Springsteen was an opening act for Anne Murray!
http://www.brucebase.shetland.co.uk/ad85.jpg
Take that, Yankee imperialist porkers!

James Scearce on January 9, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Just a quick note that I seek in vain for congratulatory messages in the US media, or on this blog, for Canada’s gold medal victory over Russia. The score was 5-0).
Is this absence of comment evidence of blatant Anti-Canadianism?
Hmmmm…

Blaise on January 10, 2006 at 1:17 pm

I think that falls into the “they whine when we don’t pay enough attention to them” category.
Congratulations, Canadians. And thanks for all the support.

LukeGofannon on January 12, 2006 at 9:10 am

Well, the U.S. Olympic hockey team was booed by the Canadian fans when they first skated onto the ice tonight, Feb. 21, 2010.

What an amazing display of low-class, tasteless behavior in such a high caliber venue.

I’ve never heard of any country behaving so badly during the Olympics in recent history, although someone may have some examples.

It’s bad enough that they either banned or severely restricted access to most of the courses to all of the other countries in the games in order to have a clear advantage.

Show a little class, Canada, you can do it.

Rose on February 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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