I could spend the next ninety seconds talking to you about the obvious: The Vancouver Canucks are not a good hockey team. But instead, let’s spend the next ninety seconds talking about why it’s great to be a Canadian. Check that, I now have 80 seconds.
There’s something compelling about sports and being a Canadian, perhaps this was most evident when Vancouver got the chance to host the 2010 Olympics, two weeks of memories which to this day we still talk about fondly as if it were yesterday.
I mean, who can forget where they were when Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal for Canada that fateful February day? Or the time when Joannie Rochette skated her way to a bronze medal in figure skating just hours after she tragically lost her mother? Or that moment when Jon Montgomery took that stroll through Whistler Village after winning gold in skeleton, pitcher of beer in hand? Nothing screamed Canadian quite like that.
The thing is, even though we don’t always say it when we should or act like it when we can, it’s good to be a Canadian, and it’s historic memories in sports that remind us of that.
Even now, watching Canada’s women’s soccer team play their guts out at BC Place last weekend, even in a heartbreaking loss to England, most of us left as proud as ever to bleed the eternal red and white, with a big red maple leaf.
So whether you’re out basking on the beach, or snarled in that classic Vancouver traffic, on this Canada Day, just remember that it’s good to be a Canadian… eh.