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#1 hero11

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:04 PM

Any one else disappointed in the lack of National Anthem coverage before the games?
Ever since I was a little boy, I can remember Hockey Night in Canada and the the national anthem being played every Saturday (at least). Listening to my parents sing along, and learning the words myself, always reenforced my pride to be Canadian, and the family bond it builds as we prepared to watch our Canucks. Now, as I sit with my son to watch hockey, one thing that is always looked forward to is the singing of the anthem. He was old enough to see how Mark Donnelly can get an arena of 18000 people to become one voice, 18003 including ours, and the powerful feeling of solidarity and pride it gave. He learned how to sing all the words this way, refreshing my own memories as a kid.
Rarely is it played anymore, and it's quite a letdown in our house.
It would seem that the almighty dollar is that is generated by a McDonalds commercial is more important than broadcasting the once proud moment of an entire province or country watching and singing our National Anthem at the same time.
Please bring the National Anthem coverage back!!!
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#2 TOMapleLaughs

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

Playoff coverage is enough. imo Anthems just get in the way of the games starting. Afterall, it's a national anthem, but all Canadian fanbases hate each other. Nationalism?

Drop the puck.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

when else do we sing the National Anthem on a regular basis? Playing it before televised sporting events should be mandatory.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

I always find anthems so cringe worthy, and unecessary... That's one of the reasons why I love TSN.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

I thought this was going to be about phasing out the singing of the anthems before games, and I was going to wholeheartedly agree. Can someone enlighten me as to why we sing the Canadian and American anthems before games?
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

Can someone enlighten me as to why we sing the Canadian and American anthems before games?


Because it would be weird if we sung other countries anthems.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

I hate having to sit through the anthems

It's bad enough with the damn refs fake dropping the puck and waiving people out of face offs and stuff.

Just drop the damn puck!
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

Can someone enlighten me as to why we sing the Canadian and American anthems before games?


Because the teams are either from Canadian or American cities....
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I don't think they can just add commercials in the anthem's stead. There is a limit to how many commercials can be shown in an hour. They would just prefer to show something else that might add value to the game. I like the anthem's but I often just take advantage and go to the toilet.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:04 PM

I love seeing the anthem sung before games, particularly the Canadian anthem in Canadian cities.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

I thought this was going to be about phasing out the singing of the anthems before games, and I was going to wholeheartedly agree. Can someone enlighten me as to why we sing the Canadian and American anthems before games?



You're telling me you WOULDN'T want to watch Mark Donnelly belt out the anthem before a big playoff game?! Nothing gets me more hyped pre-game (playoffs) than hearing the anthems!!!

Edited by MaximYapierre, 19 February 2013 - 03:14 PM.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

You're telling me you WOULDN'T want to watch Mark Donnelly belt out the anthem before a big playoff game?! Nothing gets me more hyped pre-game (playoffs) than hearing the anthems!!!


Maybe if I was physically at the game, but other than that; I couldn't really care less about the national anthems.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:33 PM

I usually don't watch the anthem, it's not the same. *being at Rogers


Playoff's is a must though.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

I think it is important to show them for all playoff games but that is just me.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

The only Canadian city that I love hearing the anthems aside from Vancouver is Winnipeg. So much pride and love for True North Sports & Entertainment for bringing the Jets back. If only Vancouverites would have the same amount of passion as people living in Winnipeg for hockey, things would be different
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

The only national anthem I love to hear is when jim cornelison sings in chicago...that is beyond epic
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:23 PM

But WHY do we do them? I think that's the question I'm asking.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:51 PM

But WHY do we do them? I think that's the question I'm asking.


It's a super old tradition from the 1800's





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Why Do We Sing the National Anthem at Sporting Events?
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On the night of September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key, an American lawyer and amateur poet, accompanied American Prisoner Exchange Agent Colonel John Stuart Skinner to negotiate a prisoner release with several officers of the British Navy. During the negotiations, Key and Skinner learned of the British intention to attack the city of Baltimore, as well as strength and positions of British forces. They were held captive for the duration of the battle and witnessed the bombardment of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. Inspired by the American victory and the sight of the American flag flying high in the morning, Key wrote a poem titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry.”
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Upon his return to Baltimore, Key gave the poem to his brother-in-law, who noted that the words fit melody to the popular drinking song, “The Anacreontic Song.” Key’s brother-in-law took the poem to a printer, who made broadside copies of it. A few days later, the Baltimore Patriot and The American printed the poem with the note “Tune: Anacreon in Heaven.” Later, the Carr Music Store in Baltimore published the words and music together as “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The song gained popularity over the course of the nineteenth century and was often played at public events like parades and Independence Day celebrations (and, on occasion, sporting events). In 1889, the Secretary of the Navy ordered it the official tune to be played during the raising of the flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered that it be played at all military ceremonies and other appropriate occasions, making it something of an unofficial national anthem.
After America’s entrance into World War I, Major League Baseball games often featured patriotic rituals, such as players marching in formation during pregame military drills and bands playing patriotic songs. During the seventh-inning stretch of game one of the 1918 World Series, the band erupted into “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Cubs and Red Sox players faced the centerfield flag pole and stood at attention. The crowd, already on their feet, began to sing along and applauded at the end of the song.
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During World War II, baseball games again became venues for large-scale displays of patriotism, and technological advances in public address systems allowed songs to be played without a band. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before games throughout the course of the war, and by the time the war was over, the pregame singing of the national anthem had become cemented as a baseball ritual, after which it spread to other sports.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:55 PM

The only national anthem I love to hear is when jim cornelison sings in chicago...that is beyond epic


Absolutely. Jim and the Chicago fans get the roof poppin, makes me borderline convert into a Hawks fan.


.. Until they're done and I snap back into reality.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:54 AM

What about the hottie who sings for LA? :bigblush:
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:00 AM

Never really understood the purpose of singing the visiting teams anthem, say how we sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" when a US team visits, or how they sing "O Canada" when we play in the States.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

I haven't been interested in National Anthems since Roger Doucet died. One of my fondest memories of my hockey "career" was getting to meet Roger prior to the final of a Midget tournament that I was playing in.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

The only national anthem I love to hear is when jim cornelison sings in chicago...that is beyond epic


Total agreement. He's the only thing I like about the Chicago organization.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:18 AM

Playoff coverage is enough.  imo Anthems just get in the way of the games starting.  Afterall, it's a national anthem, but all Canadian fanbases hate each other.  Nationalism?  

Drop the puck.


Hahaha, it is so funny because it is true, we hate all Canadian teams.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

Where did the rest of Mark Donnolly go?
Did they fill up a beanbag chair in the back with all the meat he lost?

I love the anthems, in person and televised.
What really rustles my jimmies is that they now ask you to remove your caps. It's embarrassing to have to hear it for most of us, and it used to be the easy way to figure out how the morons were just by scanning the crowd.
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