Sunday, June 18th, 2006 12:44pm UTC
By Luke, Thunder Lounge
Published on Thunder Lounge.
[thumb:358:l:s=1:l=x]I’m really trying VERY hard to not let the sailor-type behaviors locked deep down in my soul lash out on this. However, I’m still no less pissed off.
This is not an issue of lack of respect for our neighbors to the North. So up front, to our Canadian readers, this isn’t personal towards you.
However, why in the world is the Canadian National Anthem being delivered at Michigan? Yes, I know it’s not a new thing this year. If I were to go to a Pistons game, or Tigers game, or even a Lions game, would I be subjected to the Canadian National Anthem? Ok, so the track isn’t too far from the border. Um, SO WHAT? The track is on the soil of the good ol’ USA last I checked. It isn’t like the field is made up of drivers from up there this week, as opposed to any other week on the schedule. So why? Don’t bring up an argument that they play the Star Spangled Banner at baseball, hockey, or basketball games in Canada either. If the competitors are from different countries, I understand that. However, the field isn’t different today than it was last week at Pocono. So what’s the deal? Fans from up North being in attendance? And they aren’t at other tracks on the schedule? Especially those in the Northeast?
Sure, as I said, if the competitors were from Canada, I’d understand completely. But this isn’t the Flames skating against the Rangers at MSG either. The competitors are, for the most part, the same week in and week out. So even a basis for that excuse is out the window.
There being a presence of Canadian fans is out the window, as there are fans from Canada at most races on the schedule.
Being close to Canada? So what! It isn’t IN Canada, now is it?
Normally this isn’t the tone of our writings here, but sometimes you just gotta vent.
This isn’t anything about Canada itself, or the fans from there. This is about standards, and keeping them consistent. Of which, in this instance, I don’t see any standards or consistency.