Monday, February 22, 2010

Hockey Night in Afghanistan

"I feel like a Canadian stereotype," said Lieutenant (Navy) Neil King, who was wearing a Canada jersey, holding a Canadian flag, and drinking a Tim Hortons coffee while sitting on a yellow utility truck that had a large Canadian flag hung off it.

"Just the atmosphere here. It's always good to see the Canadians take on the Americans," Lt. King said, before - in true Canadian fashion - politely tip-toeing through his prediction of a lopsided affair. "You know they've got a decent team, but not quite to the level of the Canadians. So, I'm expecting, you know, quite a few goals on our side."
My good pal is over in Afghanistan, and he covered a different sort of hockey game on the weekend, this one won 16-2 by the Canadian troops over the Americans. As for the actual game back in Vancouver, they were watching and he said the soldiers weren't all that pleased...

I believe the quote was: "f--- this." 



At 5:48 p.m., February 22, 2010, Blogger Docciavelli said...

"F--- this" is what Americans said when they heard about the "Own The Podium" program. It shows.

At 7:40 p.m., February 22, 2010, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I actually don't have a problem with that slogan... isn't every country trying to own the podium?

At 11:34 a.m., February 23, 2010, Blogger Doogie2K said...

Yeah, but it's (allegedly) unCanadian to be as forthright about wanting to be #1 in anything other than hockey and maybe curling.

Me, I think it's great that as a nation, we may be working up the guts not to be ashamed of our own success, at least in this venue. (Maybe someday we'll start taking more credit for some for some of the good stuff we've done in military operations over the years, too; the soldiers who died doing so deserve it.) I think we can certainly be a bit more rah-rah about ourselves without being obnoxious about it. Other countries have managed it; why not us?


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