Hockey, the British-invented, Canadian-developed national sport of Russia…
British-invented? We invented it!
National sport of Russia? It’s our national sport! Who has ever referred to hockey anywhere as Russia’s national sport?
Hockey is us and we are hockey. Period.
And I’m so disappointed that a journalist for our closest international ally and southern neighbour does not know this. Sigh.
This phrase comes in essay in which Keating begins with a useful enough question on the eve of the Super Bowl: Why don’t other countries like football?
… football’s audience is mostly American as well. Sunday’s showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will be broadcast in 180 countries but, while exact viewership stats are hard to come by, it’s a safe bet that outside the United States — or at least North America — the vast majority of those staying up late to watch will be American expats.
Not here. It won’t be American expats driving the ratings up here in Canada. It will be another group which we call ”Canadians.”
Clearly, Keating could use a few weeks north of his country’s northern border. He does note, in the piece:
Canada has had its own popular league since 1958 and is the leading foreign contributor of NFL players — as well as a common stopping point for former NFL players. The Buffalo Bills have also played one game per year in nearby Toronto for the last five years.
Isn’t that sweet? We’ve had our own “popular league” since 1958 . Of course, the NFL as we currently know it has been around since 1960. And while American football supremacy is recognized with the awarding of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, first given out in 1970, football supremacy in our country is recognized with a trophy named after Lord Grey, first awarded in 1909. That’s right: Canadian teams have been playing for a national football championship since 1909. Americans? Since 1970.
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