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April 13, 2004

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Mon pays? Sheesh!

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Here's the thing...

Once upon a time there was this great guy named Roger Doucet. He used to sing the national anthems at the Montreal Canadiens' home games. There was no one like him. Kate Smith couldn't hold a cheese steak to his anthem-singing.

One day, the province of Quebec -- or "La Belle Province" as some call it -- held a referendum. Many people in Quebec wanted to leave Canada. They were called SÚparatistes. In the lead-up to the referendum, Roger Doucet changed the lyrics to the Canadian anthem, reflecting the passionate spirit of the SÚparatistes. This is the line he changed:

Oh Canada
Glorious and free
Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee
Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee.

His went kinda like this:

Oh Canada
Glorious and free
We stand on guard for rights and liberties
Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee.

It caused an uproar. And big cheers from Les SÚparatistes.

So that's why I totally laugh at all the kafuffle around the fans at the Montreal Bell Centre (is that what it's called these days?) who are booing the US anthem. Because really, they hate being Canadian, and you'd think they would be booing the Canadian anthem. Unless it was Roger Doucet's version. Which would be awesome because he's dead.

So just chill, everyone. Montreal fans who sit in the Bell Centre (is that what it's called these days?) are a weird bunch. Montreal fans are a weird bunch. Don't pay attention to them. They're kinda like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins: always pissed off about something and pretty smug about themselves. Though I really like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins and I happen to be a Montreal fan. That makes sense, eh?

Just ignore it. Ignore them. They're all just pissing in the wind. They don't know it but they are.

Thanks and good luck.

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