Trying to watch the Major League Baseball All Star game right now. It is one of the sports events that I often watch - but if I miss do not worry that much about it, I will not change other things in order to see it.
As with all such created events, it begins by irking me. They play the national anthems. Actually Oh Canada was nicely done - a local brass band did a rather melodious version.
Then came the American anthem. Well, not quite. Now all during the announcement of the all star players there was a huge MoFer of an American flag out covering the outfield. But first we have to have the presentation of the colours - not sure who they were presented to .. but some marching police came out along with some firefighters, carrying a ridiculous looking ceremonial gold fire ax.
The game is being played in Arizona, I expected to see dedicated to Sarah or McCain. Nope - it was dedicated to those hurt in the attack that warmed gun freaks and killed 11 or so in Arizona. After that there was a spiel on how wonderful the little girl that the gun slinger killed was.
Major League Baseball teams are owned, mostly, by gazillionairs. The exception being the Dodgers who are, for the moment, owned by some clown that used the team as an ATM for such things as 5 huge houses in and about LA, a 24 hour on call hair dresser for his wife and various trips, cars and limousines.
...and the Mets who are owned by 'business partners' of the well respected Bernie Madoff.
Other wise they push beer, own vertically integrated oil companies, computer companies and ship building. (Blockbuster Video ex-owner, Wayne Huizenga used to own Florida, where he bought a world series).
People have died for my country, I am not all that sure they died to aggrandize this bunch of turkeys. The only group of people more greedy that MLB owners is, of course, NFL owners.
I do not want the anthem sung at professional events. I do not want excellence in hitting a hurled sphere identified with my country. I will occasionally nod and comment, okay - this or that person is Canadian, but my patriotism is does not depend upon constant flags and parades. Yes, Canada Day is fun and I try to make it to Armistice Day Ceremonies. That is enough - do not cheapen my country with such trivialities. (Oh - Bautista from Toronto just made a super catch - the game may be ceremonial, but the players take it serous. as one of the commentators says: "They are playing the game the way it is meant to be played." ) Baseball, all by itself has a dignity that is corrupted by injecting chauvinism.