While I’m now a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and wasn’t happy to see Ryan Miller the Sabres goalie lose, I was ecstatic at seeing the Canadians win on their home ice.

My mother’s father was from Sorrel Quebec and while I never had the pleasure of meeting him, many people tell me that I have his demeanor. My wife and I have had many romantic moments in the great land up North–we honeymooned in Quebec City, which may be the most beautiful city in North America. We’ve vacationed in British Columbia, preferring Victoria to Vancouver but loving both cities.

So congratulations to Lindy Ruff, the Sabres coach who was on the coaching staff for Team Canada (how exactly does that work BTW? I’m the Sabres coach but now I’m going to tell Sidney Crosby how to beat my goalie for Team Canada!) and Team Canada.

The Canadians should be praised for hosting a great olympics and for winning the most goal medals ever.

Americans have not been quiet, backpedalling into a “nobody cares about Olympic Hockey” mode. It’s amazing how arrogant some Americans can be to our neighbors to the north.

Living near the Canadian boarder now calls me to visit more often now! I can hear the Toronto islands calling me already! Maybe a trip to Prince Edward Island? Calgary is another stop I’d like to hit that I haven’t yet.

Any Canadian destinations that I should also hit? My wife deserves a vacation!

And by the way..would you ever hear Americans singing their anthem with such pride? Not even after 9-11 where they had to resort to God Bless America because so many Americans don’t know the words to the National Anthem.

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  1. Whoa, hold on now, Yankee.

    Yes you would hear Americans singing their anthem with pride, especially during the Olympics. Are you kidding?

    I seem to remember an Olympics many years ago when the audio soundtrack failed during a medals ceremony, and the American gold medalist jumped right in to sing the anthem a cappella, accompanied by the US fans in attendance. It was marvelous.

    And it seems to me that the singing of God Bless America after 9/11 was motivated by different emotions, not an inability to remember the words to the Star Spangled Banner. I think it had something to do with wanting God to bless America. (Though, to be honest, I think I’d prefer God Bless America as our national anthem to the Star Spangled Banner.)

    When World Cup Football/Soccer comes around this summer, pay attention to the England games. You’ll hear the England fans singing Rule Britannia. It has little to do with their feelings towards God Save the Queen, it’s just a rousing song that’s sung to excite the crowds and bolster the team.

    Finally, I don’t know what circles you’re running, but I haven’t heard any Americans backing off of Olympic hockey. The only thing I’ve been hearing where I am is, “What the heck is curling and why is everyone so excited about it?” (It is, of course, the awesome sport of the Everyman.)

    The Canucks staged a fantastic Olympics. They should feel rightly proud, and celebrate with a big plate of poutine.

    1. I don’t know Jason. I hear Americans mumbling during the anthem–although I do see the athletes singing pretty proudly as we all did in the 1980 Olympics during the miracle on ice.

      Patriotism seems to have been received a bit different by Americans than say, National pride I think. It seems somewhat haughtier. A “we’re better” attitude as opposed to “we’re proud of who we are”–a nuanced difference to be sure.

      I’ve been listening to a lot of talk radio and friends in NYC have called to say, “who cares about the Canadian win?” Call me during the NHL playoffs. But perhaps that is a minority view.

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