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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

World Cup

One last World Cup observations since they went over like a lead balloon around here.

If you watched and of the US World Cup games you might have noticed that when the other country’s national anthem was being played, the other country’s players would link arms and sing with pride for the opportunity to represent their country on the biggest stage in the world. But, the US players would stand there with some putting and hand over their hearts, only a few singing the words and all of them looking bored or tired. I don’t know if maybe the US players either just looked at the national anthem as an inconvenience before playing or worse, they don’t know the words to the song. Keller would be one of the few who actually seemed to sing and have pride in his opportunity to be at the World Cup and representing America, but you saw more players who would seem to mumble some parts to the anthem that they knew but otherwise keep the head down or stare off into space during the song.

In four years when the games are played in South Africa, and should the US qualify again, whoever the US coach is should correct this embarrassment. Too many people in this country show pride and nationalism for our country for a team that is supposed to represent that pride and nationalism to stand there during the "inconvenience" of our national anthem and not know the words to the song.


Blogger Truth-Pain said...

Pub.. whats up with blogger?... i have the same format gremlins on my end of the world...

Wed Jun 28, 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually enjoyed your WOrld Cup stuff, and have continued to watch, even though the good ol' USA is out. Your observation is on point here, there is a seeming lack of pride there. I know hardly anyone watches hockey, but I saw a similar deal during the Stanley Cup Final. WHen the games were played in Edmonton, you couldn't find a person in the crowd who was NOT belting out the Canadian National Anthem along with the really was quite moving. Tip of the hat to Carolina fans, who, upon seeing that, began to do the same thing once the games came back to the States. Although, there must have been a Canandian contingency in Carolina, because the Canandian National Anthem was nearly as loud. It seems sometimes the players are happy to represent the US in competition because of the endorsement possiblities first, and some sense of National Pride second. It really should be the other way around. Good stuff Publius!

Wed Jun 28, 05:37:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

You are right anon, hardly anyone watches hockey.

But, the Stanley Cup was not an international competition; in hockey only two countries play and represent teams, not even cities. Athletes play for money and a team not a city or a state or even a country in those games. But, to play for the US in an international competition and one bigger than the Olympics, the players from the US should show a great deal more pride in their team and country than they did. In preparing for World Cup 2010, the US coach should make the players sing the national anthem before every practice so they can learn the words and come up with some sort of sign of respect that looks more than a funeral march.

Oh and it also gives us 4 year to think of a better USA chant too than the one we have.

Wed Jun 28, 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

What if the can't sing? I don't sing the anthem at ball games because I consider my voice to be a disrespectful instrument. I am serious.

BTW, I 1) watch hockey 2) read your World Cup posts.

Wed Jun 28, 06:29:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

... if *they* can't sing...

... or type...

Wed Jun 28, 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Even if there were others with the same beliefs that their voices are so bad as to disrespect the anthem by singing, the player should still not look like the anthem is an inconvenience or that they are standing in a funeral procession. Look at the pure joy of the other players when their anthems are being played and think about which you would rather have.

Thu Jun 29, 01:42:00 AM  

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