Volume 94, Issue 63
Wednesday, January 22, 2003

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American mentality is not healthy

Re: "Born in the U.S.A." Jan. 14

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to an article I read by sports editor, Jordan Bell. Bell (hereafter referred to as "Lunchbox") wrote an article attacking Canadians for having no interest or passion about sports, and that "if given the choice, I would trade everything I hold dear here in Canada for the thrill of sport our southern borders have embraced."

He also stated "I love Canada. I love the toques, I love the lay-you-flat-on -your-ass beer and I especially love the wily beaver." After reading the article, I honestly felt personally attacked.

I don't know where the hell this guy gets off claiming he's Canadian, because he's clearly not. He runs his mouth off about how nobody shows up to basketball games and other university sports; there's a reason – they aren't any good.

I'm sure he already knows that Canadian universities do not offer athletic scholarships, while American colleges do, ergo, all talented Canadian athletes are either on scholarship in the States, or aren't motivated/intelligent enough to get into post-secondary education in Canada.

Last year, there was this series of games called the Olympics, and both the Canadian men's and women's hockey teams won gold medals. Hockey? What's hockey you ask? Oh, I forgot to mention that, since you clearly don't know – "Lunchbox." Hockey is the most popular sport in Canada.

Bell claims that "In the U.S. (and even in Europe and Southeast Asia), sport is life." Well, I've got news for you, hockey is life in Canada.

Hockey is part of Canadian culture; basketball and football are part of American culture. And leave our beavers alone.

Steve Blair
Music Administration Studies II

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