By Nailing 'The Star Spangled Banner' In Unison, Edmonton Oilers Fans Proved They Are A Bunch Of Respectful Showoffs
Okay, okay Canada. We get it. The fine, respectful folks of the home and native land are more courteous than the American assholes that just had their singalong abilities put to shame by an acapella version of their own National Anthem. Truthfully, I can't help but tip my cap to the truest of patriot love that was on full display north of the border. The fact that Oilers fans are capable of belting out the 'Star Spangled Banner' word-for-word without melodic cues while Dwayne Wade isn't familiar enough with 'O Canada' to realize that it's not just warm up music is a pretty scathing indictment of the self important sports culture in the United States. However, it does feel like a bit much for the "cover band" to go above and beyond in hopes of outperforming the actual band.
Don't get me wrong, the enthusiasm was very much appreciated, but the absence of music definitely seemed to be a bit of a "look at us" move. God bless Edmonton and their all encompassing love of hockey in all regions, but ohhhh say can they see how this might be interpreted as patronizing? It's one thing to have the words memorized, but they didn't need to do their doe-tae-me's prior to vocally exercising their aptitude in honoring our broad stripes and bright stars. I'm sure their intentions were pure, but I think I speak for all self-conscious American hockey fans when I say that it would be nice if they could tone it down a bit next time. If only so we don't feel like dumb, nationalistic dicks if some overly exuberant country artist tries (and fails) to reverse the roles in Anaheim.