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Booing U.S. kids was disgraceful
Date: Friday, January 06 2006

Booing U.S. kids was disgraceful
Vancouver should be embarrassed by fans' show of spite

Pete McMartin
CanWest News Service

Thursday, January 05, 2006

VANCOUVER - It was near the end of the United States' semi-final game at the World Junior Hockey Championship when a group of foreign relations experts in the stands began chanting:

"U.S. sucks!"

Small detail here:

A Canadian team was not on the ice at the time.

If one were, that would have gone some way toward explaining the Yankee animus oozing out of the stands: File it under home-ice over-exuberance. It would have been forgivable. Barely.

But the Americans were playing the Russians at the time.

And the Canadian crowd wasn't just rooting for the Russians -- amazing enough in itself, considering that bitter history -- it was rooting against the Americans. And the chanters weren't so much interested in a hockey game as scoring points against America, the country, not the team.

(Take away the beer bellies and the baseball caps, and you could have had yourself an anti-WTO demonstration. When the hockey louts start chanting the same slogans as the local Trotskyist cell, you know you have an ugly trend.)

The Canadian crowd's antipathy toward the American team has been a constant.

The Americans have noticed. In their 2-1 quarter-final win over the Czechs, U.S. goalie Cory Schneider said he had to concentrate to block out the boos raining down from the stands.

Kyle and his team deserve an apology.

Consider this one.

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