Friday, September 26, 2008

Maybe If They'd Called It Art.....

.....Regular Joe's and Jolene's Wouldn't Be So Pissed Off



I have this very, very bad habit that goes all the way back to 'The Poet', 'The Gate', and 'Ken Ballaoofie', which is that I like to fall asleep with the clock radio propped up on my chest so I can listen to Dan Russell's Sports Talk with the volume down low.

I do this, I think, for all kinds of reasons, including the fact that when it's running at it's rythmic best, sports talk radio can be as sonically soothing as a baseball game on a Saturday afternoon in July.

Or some such thing.

But last night was different, because the callers were really, really worked up and they were really, really angry.

And it had nothing to do with the bone-headed moves of Vancouver Canucks management or the concern that Todd Bertuzzi just might (ha!) return to form and score 43 goals for Mike Keenan and the Calgary Flames this coming season.


Instead, what was really sticking in people's craw was this:

VANCOUVER — The next time hockey fans stand up before a game, one hand grasping a beer and the other clasped over their hearts as they sing the national anthem, they will be unwitting marketers of the 2010 Winter Games.

And the next time a grade school student fumbles her way through O Canada at the start of class she, too, will be reciting the slogan for the Vancouver Olympics.

The words "with glowing hearts" from the English version of O Canada, and "des plus brilliant exploits" from the French version, have been chosen as the slogan for the Games.

"We chose words that are cherished by all of us, words that we believe in," John Furlong, the chief executive officer of the organizing committee of the Olympics, announced Thursday.....

And apparently the words from the anthem are part of the copyright!

I'm going to end this one right here because, for once, believe it or not....

Words fail me.



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