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Is It All About Hockey In Canada?

from Lawrence Martin at the Globe and Mail,

How philistine can you get, Canada? Ice hockey? Is that all you care about?

Our hockey obsession keeps growing. The lockout was supposed to dampen our appetite for the game, but it only heightened it. We defeat Germany in the World Junior Hockey Championship – it’s front-page news! Hockey adorns our currency – our $5 bills. Our Prime Minister is writing a book. It’s not about politics. It’s about hockey.

Check out the media. Of all the grave issues and cancers and maladies afflicting humanity, guess what took up practically more page space in the past year or so than any of them? A debate over hockey head injuries. It’s a serious problem, no doubt. But a priority?

Remember the age-old debate over what constituted Canadian identity? It’s over, Earthlings. The ballots are in. It’s hockey. It’s our religion, we’re told. It’s the culture. It’s who we are. After 145 years of history, that’s it.

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And on the eight day, God made “the Canadian”. He was formed from the alkali soil of Saskatchewan.  He was a big strong kid born with skates and a stick. The unique thing about “the Canadian” was he had an oversized heart. Sure he was a bit slow of foot and of brain, but that was valuable to him, for digging pucks out of corners, diving in front of slapshots head first and giving elbows to faster skating Russians. His adopted mother, Cassie Campbell Pascal and father Donald S Cherry were normal sorts. Though Donald had a flair for feminine styled clothes. His parents were out on the prairies hiding from from French fur trappers, when they stumbled upon “the Canadian” in the shrubby trees of Saskatoon.  Cassie would have picked up the boy if it weren’t for the case of Molson Canadian and box of Tim Horton’s donuts under her arm. So she sent the boy off on his skates upon the frozen ponds to flee the evil Frenchmen.  As he skated away to find his new billet family in Regina you could hear him yell… I AM CANADIAN.  And thus a new species of human was invented in the Great White North.

Posted by timbits on 01/29/13 at 10:20 AM ET

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Canadians still searching for an identity, 145 years on…really??

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/29/13 at 10:37 AM ET

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And on the eight day, God made “the Canadian”. He was formed from the alkali soil of Saskatchewan.  He was a big strong kid born with skates and a stick. The unique thing about “the Canadian” was he had an oversized heart. Sure he was a bit slow of foot and of brain, but that was valuable to him, for digging pucks out of corners, diving in front of slapshots head first and giving elbows to faster skating Russians. His adopted mother, Cassie Campbell Pascal and father Donald S Cherry were normal sorts. Though Donald had a flair for feminine styled clothes. His parents were out on the prairies hiding from from French fur trappers, when they stumbled upon “the Canadian” in the shrubby trees of Saskatoon.  Cassie would have picked up the boy if it weren’t for the case of Molson Canadian and box of Tim Horton’s donuts under her arm. So she sent the boy off on his skates upon the frozen ponds to flee the evil Frenchmen.  As he skated away to find his new billet family in Regina you could hear him yell… I AM CANADIAN.  And thus a new species of human was invented in the Great White North.
Posted by timbits on 01/29/13 at 09:20 AM ET

That is so full of awesome that I can hardly stand it LOL

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 01/29/13 at 11:03 AM ET

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In the next episode of “the Canadian” an evil New York Garden Gnome sneaks into the hockey garden of eden, Hamilton Ontario, and steals a silver chalice from a passed out stealworker. That evil Gnome flees with the chalice to the Valley of the Sun where he hides it. In despair hoardes of Snowbirds flock to the Valley in search of the chalice.  But the Gnome is sly, he doesn’t hide the chalice in Scottsdale, where all of the Snowbirds will think to look, he buries the chalice in a cotton field in the far off west!

Posted by timbits on 01/29/13 at 11:11 AM ET

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Posted by timbits on 01/29/13 at 10:11 AM ET

Dude, you’re killin me….. continue

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 01/29/13 at 12:12 PM ET

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How philistine can you get, Canada?

Our hockey obsession keeps growing

Not to get picky, but that’s a pretty quick transition from lecturing down to an audience to joining it.

We’re all going to feel pretty stupid the day it’s discovered that making cancer front-page news every day is the way to cure it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/29/13 at 12:24 PM ET

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Xenophobia - a dislike or fear of people from other countries or of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Some definitions suggest xenophobia as arising from irrationality or unreason.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 01/29/13 at 04:43 PM ET

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