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Montreal Canadiens fans boo US anthem again (Rude Frogs alert)
Canada.com ^

Posted on 04/12/2004 6:23:53 AM PDT by SB00

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A Montreal crowd that has rarely been so noisy or so partisan did its raucous best to tip the balance in favour of the reeling Canadiens. They booed the U.S. anthem (presumably for reasons that had more to do with hockey than with the war in Iraq) they sang the Canadian anthem in a city where that tune has often been booed and they almost blew the roof off the Phone Booth when Kovalev cranked it up.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: babysealclubbers; canada; frogs; lefties; starspangledbanner
I don't care if it had to do with hockey - it's rude and makes Canada look really bad. Grow up froggies.
1 posted on 04/12/2004 6:23:54 AM PDT by SB00
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To: SB00
Yes, it does make them look horrible and classless. I can remember no time that an American crowd has boo'd another nations anthem. Am I wrong?

I hope the Bruins beat the snot out of them (figuratively, of course.)
2 posted on 04/12/2004 6:31:27 AM PDT by retrokitten (Because nobody suspects the butterfly!)
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To: SB00
Qebecois are WORSE than the French...


because they CHOOSE to be French.
3 posted on 04/12/2004 6:32:26 AM PDT by MrB
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To: SB00
We do the same thing here in America when they come to town...

"I'll tell you something else, their beer SUCKS!"

4 posted on 04/12/2004 6:32:59 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: retrokitten
Dunno 'bout booing their anthem, but, during a baseball game between the Braves and Montreal, we accidentally put their flag upside down.

Still, rude.
5 posted on 04/12/2004 6:33:29 AM PDT by Little Ray (John Ffing Kerry: Just a gigolo!)
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To: SB00
I don't care if it had to do with hockey - it's rude and makes Canada look really bad. Grow up froggies.

I attended an Avalanche/Edmonton game in Denver 4 years ago, at which similar treatment was accorded the Canadian anthem. I stood and honored their flag, just as I expect them to honor ours. Truth is though, hockey fans are not known for manners.

6 posted on 04/12/2004 6:34:44 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: Little Ray
Yeah, that is still disrespectful.
7 posted on 04/12/2004 6:37:38 AM PDT by retrokitten (Because nobody suspects the butterfly!)
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To: Little Ray
Canadians up in Quebec are just PO'd that their Habs have sucked for so long and b/c they have little else goin' on up there with a three week long summer.

You'd be a little "testy" too! LOL

Or perhaps their marvelous "free for all" healthcare system with its waiting lines is finally grating on them.

Then again, maybe it's just b/c they are of French descent, eh! How would you feel if you woke up every day realizing that your descendents originally lived in France?! Eeek!

8 posted on 04/12/2004 6:40:31 AM PDT by wingster
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To: SB00
It should be stressed - these are hockey fans.

(Of which I am one)

Give us a break.
9 posted on 04/12/2004 6:41:34 AM PDT by Tredge
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To: MACVSOG68
"Truth is though, hockey fans are not known for manners."

Sure they are 68; they remove their gloves before fighting...

:D

10 posted on 04/12/2004 6:41:34 AM PDT by wingster
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To: SB00
"A Montreal crowd that has rarely been so noisy or so partisan ..."

HOOOOOOOOOOOO.........

The journalist doubles as a P/T comedian!

11 posted on 04/12/2004 6:42:44 AM PDT by wingster
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To: SB00
I think we can leave the military home and take them ourselves.
12 posted on 04/12/2004 6:44:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: wingster
Sure they are 68; they remove their gloves before fighting...

LOL Good point!

13 posted on 04/12/2004 6:47:45 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: Little Ray
Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays, in the 1992 World Series.
14 posted on 04/12/2004 6:50:22 AM PDT by Guillermo (Your own personal Konservative Klick-Guerilla)
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To: retrokitten
Yeah, that is still disrespectful.

It was a silly mistake and seen here for what it was, during the World Seies between Atlanta and Toronto, I think the first one. What was really nice though was how the U.S. responded at the following game which was held in Toronto...I was there. The Canadian flag was brought out by a U.S. Marine Guard group (sorry if my terminology is wrong) while the Mounties brought out the Stars and Stripes. Absolutely the most enthusiastic singing of The Star Spangled Banner I've ever heard at a Blue Jays game.

As for Montreal fans, well...it is Quebec and it is the playoffs, but it's still infantile and rude especially when American troops are in harms way. Some Canucks are just smug navel gazing boneheads and will never change.

15 posted on 04/12/2004 6:55:48 AM PDT by mitchbert (Facts are Stubborn Things (Go Leafs Go!))
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To: mitchbert
I went to a Habs game in Montreal earlier this year with some friends during a convention.

They were playing the Penguins and when the SSB began, we heard some loud "boos" from a section not too far away.

Now, we're all pretty large guys, a couple of us (not me) ex-military and all very "red, white and blue" and we were ready to go kick some serious canuck arse. Then something unusual happened...

"O Canada" began and these same bozos started booing their own national anthem! We decided that these idiots were just drunk and not really on any kind of anti-US rant so we blew it off.

On another note, the chick they have making announcements on the Jumbotron (in english and french) is some kind of hot!!!

16 posted on 04/12/2004 7:13:35 AM PDT by Zansman (Never cook bacon in the nude..)
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To: SB00
Once again those classless French pains in the butt embarrass us. At least Ron Maclean and Kelly Hrudey admonished the Habs fans on national television. This is typically boorish, childish, French Canadian behaviour - they hate anything Anglo - the Canadian anthem they generally boo, and seeing as they're very afraid of American culture encroaching on there own, they have the same attitude now towards you as they do us in English Canada. Before, they generally liked you Americans, but knowing the French as I do, that was probably because of the strength of your dollar when you went holidaying in Quebec. Keep a look out for this lot to become even more of a pain in the butt for you guys. On behalf of Enlish Canada, I apologise to our American friend for these louts.
17 posted on 04/12/2004 7:13:36 AM PDT by Ashamed Canadian
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To: Ashamed Canadian
BTW, to understand the French mentality, just know that they don't consider themselves Canadian, they consider themselves nothing more than Quebecois. They hate the English. Most of all, they hate us in Upper Canada (Ontario/English). Maybe they're mad because we always refer to them as "Lower Canada".
18 posted on 04/12/2004 7:18:03 AM PDT by Ashamed Canadian
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To: SB00
Pretty damned rude, considering that the U.S. is underwriting their entire national existence.
19 posted on 04/12/2004 7:35:08 AM PDT by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
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To: mitchbert
The Canadian flag was brought out by a U.S. Marine Guard group (sorry if my terminology is wrong) while the Mounties brought out the Stars and Stripes.

That is very, very cool.

The flag being upside down is explainable as a mistake.

Some Canucks are just smug navel gazing boneheads and will never change.

Yeah and in a crowd so large you are bound to get more then a few of them mixed in. I am sure there were a few people who were embarrassed by this incident. At least that's what I hope.

20 posted on 04/12/2004 7:38:41 AM PDT by retrokitten (Because nobody suspects the butterfly!)
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To: SB00
http://bruins.bostonherald.com/bruins/view.bg?articleid=517


Anthem bashing blemish: Habs fans taint victory
By Karen Guregian
Monday, April 12, 2004

MONTREAL - Canadiens fans are certainly among the loudest and most passionate in the league.

After last night's pregame performance, a case can be made they're also among the most ignorant and classless.

Because they're so loud, so expressive, it was hard to miss them booing the U.S. national anthem. It started the minute tenor Charles Revost-Linton first belted out, ``O say can you see,'' and lasted clear through ``the home of the brave.''

This wasn't just a few drunken, callous nitwits, mind you. This was a healthy portion of the Bell Centre crowd hooting on ``The Star-Spangled Banner.''

Sure, they were fired up, doing their best to support the Habs before the puck dropped. They feverishly waved their white towels and booed the Bruins at the first sight of Black 'n' Gold. That doesn't excuse the fact they couldn't contain themselves and show a little respect when the American anthem was sung.

This nonsense happened here two years ago during the Boston/Montreal opening round series, as well as several other U.S. vs. Canada-based playoff series at the height of the conflict with Iraq.

It was disturbing then. And it still is now.

I was told it's the first time it's happened this year during a game with a team from across the border. That didn't make me feel any better. What, just because it's the playoffs, and more's at stake, it's OK to trash the opposing team's anthem?

Chanting ``Bruins `bleep' '' is certainly obnoxious, but it doesn't cross the line of decency. Booing the anthem - any anthem - does.

Quebec native Martin Lapointe [news] was disgusted.

``I really think it's a lack of respect. Those Americans are out their in Iraq, fighting for the United States. There's no respect there,'' the Bruins' assistant captain said following the B's 3-2 loss in Game 3. ``I would encourage the fans to be better next game, because it's not the way to do it.

``Am I embarrassed? Yes, I am,'' he went on. ``There's no need for that. The national anthem should be respected. What they did tonight . . . I feel ashamed.''

Their beloved Habs won the game and made this a series again at two games to one. But the fans' lack of class put a black mark next to the victory.

Boo? How about throwing an earful the way of Montreal forward Mike Ribeiro if he was in fact feigning injury to get a timeout with the Bruins storming the Canadiens end in the final minute.

Watching him writhing in pain one minute, then laughing on the bench the next, that was an embarrassment to the game and to the Canadiens. That's the kind of stunt you boo, not an anthem.

Canadiens captain Saku Koivu claimed he didn't hear it. Well, he must have been wearing earplugs. Somehow, the Bruins didn't miss it.

``Being from here, I'm embarrassed,'' said B's defenseman Nick Boynton, a native of Nobleton, Ontario. ``But they can do what they want. They paid $200 to be here, they're allowed to do whatever the hell they want.''

Bruins fans were respectful of the Canadian anthem in Games 1 and 2 at the FleetCenter. Rene Rancourt didn't have to sing ``O Canada'' over a chorus of boos.

Thankfully, Bostonians didn't stoop to that level. Let's hope it stays that way come Game 5.

``I don't understand it,'' said Bruins forward Brian Rolston, who hails from Flint, Michigan. ``I don't understand it at all.''
21 posted on 04/12/2004 8:48:59 AM PDT by SB00
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To: retrokitten
I heard one time the Detroit basketball fans booed the Canadian anthem at an NBA playoff game against Toronto.

It's classless, no matter who does it.
22 posted on 04/12/2004 9:04:18 AM PDT by SB00
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To: SB00
Sure, they were fired up, doing their best to support the Habs before the puck dropped. They feverishly waved their white towels and booed the Bruins at the first sight of Black 'n' Gold. That doesn't excuse the fact they couldn't contain themselves and show a little respect when the American anthem was sung.

Makes sense, eh?

23 posted on 04/12/2004 9:17:58 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: Little Ray
I thought the maple leaf was supposed to be pointing downward in autumn. Go figure.
24 posted on 04/12/2004 9:27:33 AM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: SB00
French Canadians are not "frogs".

That is the French. The French Canadians are "toadies".

25 posted on 04/12/2004 9:28:35 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: AmishDude
If you watch any sea-faring film (like A&E's Horatio Hornblower), you'll see that even back in the late 1700's, the Frenchies were referred to as "Frogs" by the English sailors. Even the French forces fighting in the New World were called "Frogs".
26 posted on 04/12/2004 9:36:36 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: retrokitten
it does make them look horrible and classless

Bump

27 posted on 04/12/2004 11:39:12 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: SB00
I'm living temporarily not far from the Khanawake Mohawk reservation, which is right across the Mercier bridge from Montreal. Most of the francophones won't even fly the Canadian flag, they fly the provincial flag. But on the reservation, nearly every house and business flies Old Glory, with a smattering of Canadian flags here and there. No provincial flags at all. (The Mohawks detest the frogs.)

**side note: A significant contingent of Mohawks from Khanawake fought valiantly in Vietnam, though since they reside outside of the US, they receive no veterans benefits.**

My take on the booing: Maybe the hockey fans didn't club their quota of baby harp seals today?
28 posted on 04/13/2004 8:16:42 PM PDT by SAR_dude (Nick the Slick, "Phoenix" C/158/101 1948-1970 - You are not forgotten)
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