A tempest in a champagne bottle

26 Feb


Olympic Beer I am a proud Canadian, and I enjoy the traditions and customs that we have developed here.  I may not be a huge hockey fan, but I think the Olympics brings out a different emotion than a regular NHL game.  I get caught up in the moment, and I like to celebrate every goal that Team Canada gets, and I think the other 33+ million of us across the country share this feeling. 

Last night, Team Canada not only won the gold medal in women’s hockey – they shutout the ‘merican team.  Apparently this is a very good thing, (like I said, I don’t know that much about hockey).

Was this the main news event last night?  Nope.  What made the headlines was the fact that the IOC got pissy perturbed that the ladies were celebrating by drinking beer on the ice – after most of the fans had already left the building.  Are there laws in Canada about drinking beer in a stadium?  Nope.  Are these ladies all old enough to drink legally?  Yep.  So what’s the big deal?  The IOC feels it’s inappropriate behaviour.  (and yes – I spelled behaviour with a “u”!)

These ladies just proved that they are the best team in the world.  Celebrating is an acceptable behaviour here in Canada – and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

I am Canadian is much more than a brand – it’s an irrefutable fact.  It’s a lifestyle choice.  The girls were living the brand last night, and I am proud of what they did – during and after the game.

I am Canadian.  Born that way, and hope to die that way.  Ideally soon after my 150th birthday, and hopefully watching Canada own the podium. Again.



7 Responses to “A tempest in a champagne bottle”

  1. Joseph February 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Here’s my shot on this.
    Go Canada Go!

  2. Claude February 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Actually Marie-Philip Poulin is 18, so she’s drinking underage. If Hockey Canada has apologised for the celebration – which it has – there’s certainly a level of guilt implied.

  3. oldnotwise February 27, 2010 at 3:01 am #

    Ben Johnson said that beer is supplied in the dope testing facility to promote a tinkle in a cup so urine can be tested. So these Golden Girls were being very proactive…

    So what’s all the fuss…

  4. sheryl February 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I quess being canadian , illegally depends on the provincial laws, and what is the big thing about it enjoy the fact that we won instead of being a pessimist

  5. jojo February 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Personally, i say that celebrating after you’ve won gold in hockey (especially against america) drinking and celebrating on the ice shouldnt be that big of a deal. they worked there butts off and they deserve to let loose, especially on the ice where they won. and anywayz the girl is 18, pretty much of age. it would be different if she was 15 or something.

    i think the IOC shud chill out and give it a rest.

  6. dougbrowncreative February 28, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    Would it be acceptable for them to smoke and drink on the podium while they’re getting their medals? At what point during the protocol does it become OK to light up and chug beer? How about in the locker room, away from the media and the venue….just my opinion.

  7. Java March 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Why do people always make it into a “Canadian” thing? Does this mean anyone who disagree with you is automatically not in “Canadian” spirit? These women should have behaved better for the situation (yes they won, but it was a public place, with reporters around!). Please, mixing up patriotism with news would make anybody sound silly.

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