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Sharks fans boo ``O Canada''

May 14, 2006

Sharks have lost 3 straight. (Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose Sharks fans loudly booed the Canadian national anthem Sunday night before Game 5 of their team's second-round playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers.

The vociferous booing started from the opening notes of singer Annmarie Martin's rendition of "O Canada." While other fans attempted to drown it out by singing along, the boos were audible until the final notes.

Pregame anthem booing was a hot-button issue in sports shortly after the beginning of the war in Iraq, with fans in Chicago's Wrigley Field, Montreal's Bell Centre and other arenas booing their neighbors' anthem from 2002-04.

There was no apparent political motive for the booing in San Jose -- just a questionable expression of the fans' dislike of the Oilers, who won the last two games in Edmonton to tie the series at two games apiece.

The Shark Tank fans didn't boo "O Canada" before the first two games, and fans in Edmonton didn't boo "The Star-Spangled Banner" last week.
 

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so what. american fans and canadian fans have done this before. the feeling is mutual on both sides of the border: we want our own team to win and we don't want to see a team from another country beat us. some people feel the need to vent their feeling at the nation itself, though.

Montreal fans voice displeasure at U.S. before game

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MONTREAL -- The president of the Montreal Canadiens apologized Friday for fans who booed the U.S. national anthem before the game Thursday night against the New York Islanders.


''The Montreal Canadiens organization has always held a high respect for its neighbors and friends in the United States, and we look forward to maintaining this strong and positive relationship,'' Pierre Boivin said in a statement.


''We apologize to anyone who may have been offended by this incident, and would encourage all fans at the Bell Centre to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of our game and our two great nations.''


Despite the apology, there was a small amount of retribution on the U.S. side Friday night. About 20 people at the Ottawa Senators-Atlanta Thrashers game booed during the opening lines of ''O Canada.'' But the boos died down, and there was applause at the end.


There was no such reaction when the Canadian anthem was before the Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat NBA game.

Fans booed during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before the Islanders' 6-3 victory Friday night in Montreal. The sellout crowd of 21,273 at Bell Centre was asked to "show your support and respect for two great nations'' before the singing of the American and Canadian national anthems.

But a significant portion of the crowd booed throughout "The Star-Spangled Banner'' in an apparent display of their displeasure with the U.S.-led war against Iraq. More than 200,000 people turned out for an anti-war demonstration in Montreal last Saturday.

''It is our firm belief that this kind of behavior has no place in the context of professional sports,'' Boivin said.

Mark Parrish, a native of Bloomington, Minn., was upset hearing the boos.

"I came to the game pretty pumped up, but once I heard that it really got me going,'' Parrish said. "So I guess I can thank them a little bit for getting me more pumped up.

Parrish later added on The Sports Network of Canada: "If it wasn't for America, who knows what language I'd be speaking now."

Another anti-war protest took place earlier in the day along St. Catherine's Street as protestors chanted "No Blood for Oil" in both French and English. The Canadian government is opposed to the war in Iraq.

"I'm sure there are a lot of people against the war, but some things people can't control,'' said New York's Alexei Yashin, who is from Russia. "They were probably showing what they feel about it.''

Defenseman Mike Komisarek, who is from Islip Terrace, N.Y. and is the only American-born player on the Montreal roster, was asked about his feelings on the war.

"I'd rather not comment on that," he told Newsday. "Just my prayers are with the troops in the Middle East and hope they come home soon and safe to their families."
http://espn.go.com/nhl/news/2003/0320/1527086.html



the bottom line is that both countries have fans that act inappropriately. it has always happened and it always will happen.
 

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It is called freedom of speach (and I guess sound;)).....if they want to do something that is obnoxious and disrespectfull, then by all means can they do it.....to be the better person, you can't let stupid actions get to you
 

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people are idiots. what can ya do. drunk idiots at that i'm sure.
you can probably bet on people booing the sharks in edmonton now.
also there must be canadian players on the sharks team, they must feel horrible when something like that happens. i know i would.
 

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I know that there is that whole rivalry bull, but it's just disrespectful. Now, if Canadian boo'd the American national anthem, it would be WWIII
 

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99.9% of the people on each side of the border realize how stupid and disrespectful it is to boo national anthems. There's always that small fraction of idiots on both sides that have no sense.
 

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This happens all the time. Why is it news every time? It means squat.
 

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What I found hilarious was that Philly fans chanted U.S.A, U.S.A while playing the Buffalo Sabers (derr). Apparently it was meant to taunt the Sabers goalie Ryan Miller, who is Canadian.

What makes it even more idiotic is that half of the players on the flyers are fucking Canadian!

Baaahahahahaaaa!
 

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Sort of reminds me of the scene from Canadian Bacon where the riot breaks out between Americans and Canadians at the hockey game when John Candy says Canadian beer sucks. funny as shit
 

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Can you really blame them? We all know that most Canadians can't stand us down here, anymore, anyway. How do you expect them to react?
 

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Lol I find it funny that Americans are booing O Canada, whats the percentage of Canadian players in the NHL again? lol without Canadian players there would be no NHL, as far as I am concerned, lets go Oilers! :cheers:
 

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Coffee Stain said:
Lol I find it funny that Americans are booing O Canada, whats the percentage of Canadian players in the NHL again? lol without Canadian players there would be no NHL, as far as I am concerned, lets go Oilers! :cheers:
There still could be an NHL, just the quality of play would suck.
 

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What I found hilarious was that Philly fans chanted U.S.A, U.S.A while playing the Buffalo Sabers (derr). Apparently it was meant to taunt the Sabers goalie Ryan Miller, who is Canadian.

What makes it even more idiotic is that half of the players on the flyers are fucking Canadian!

Baaahahahahaaaa!


your story is wrong on a few accounts.

first of all, ryan miller is american. he was one of the candidates to be the goaltender on the u.s. national team.

the reason philly fans chanted u.s.a. was in response to the buffalo fans, who taunted robert esche with chants of "u.s.a." in games 1 and 2 of the series. esche beat out ryan miller for the goalie spot on the national team. of course, i think that the original "u.s.a." chant in buffalo was stupid: 1) esche represented your country (buffalo is in the united states, after all), so you are taunting your own player and countryman; 2) losers are the ones that get taunted, so i don't see how do you make fun of someone for winning a spot on the national team; and 3) the sabres attract a lot of fans from across the border, and so canadians would probably feel strange being reminded what country they were watching their home team play in.
 

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You're probably right. I don't watch much hockey.

I just saw that one game with a hockey player buddy who happened to mention it. Guess he was WRONG!!! (gonna get grilled)

Thanks for clearing it up.
 
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