2/26/2010 11:42:40 AM
During the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver Canada, I sit on my couch less than 100 miles from all the excitement. I often wonder what it would be like to go to Canada and watch some of the Olympic Events. Also wondering, if and when I will be this close to either the summer or winter Olympics again.
Of course, my curiosity melts away as soon as I see pictures of crowded streets, and venues. I personally like to avoid large groups of people, not out of fear or anxiety, more I simply do not like to have to wait to do things. So waiting in line to cross the boarder, waiting in traffic, waiting to park, waiting to get tickets, waiting to enter the building, waiting, waiting, waiting, is simply not for me.
Anyway, enough about me, last night the Canadians beat the US in Women's Hockey. Not a terrible surprise, they were both good teams, the Canadians were just a little better. What I did find interesting was the Canadians post celebration, and not just the first 10 minutes after the glory of winninng, but instead what they did 45 minutes later.
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Basically, the women stayed on the ice, drinking and smoking cigars enjoying the heck out of their victory. Which they are certainly entitled to enjoy, but why remain on the ice? I know these women have seen a victory celebration before, either the SuperBowl or Graycup, the NBA finals, etc. The Men get their awards in public, say the right things to the camera, and then get into the comfort of their own locker room. Afterall, what happens in the locker room, stays in the locker room.
Well, not only did the Canadian women not leave the ice and retreat to the locker room, they celebrated on the ice with beer and cigars as mentioned earlier. The real shame in the whole ordeal is they had an 18 year old girl on their team (Marie-Philip Poulin), who was also enjoying the festivities. Now in the US, the drinking age is 21, and in Canada it is 19, so now what should happen?
Should she, a National Hero enjoying the moment, face misdemeanor charges of drinking underage? How about the people who gave her the beer, or the person who bought it in the first place? Can you say contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
Now personally I believe she should have been able to enjoy the post game celebration with her team, and if they were responsible with the drinking and no one drove, then I say no harm no foul. The point I take issue with is the stupidity of the team to celebrate on the ice for such a long time. If they had retreated to their locker room this would have been a non-issue.
Anyway, what are your thoughts?
10/4/2010 1:02:21 PM
This being so long ago... I didn't bother voting, if you *really* want me to I will. Probably. No. No, I won't, It's old news and I'm lazy.
If she got charged then her team mates, and whoever supplied the stuff, should be too. Even *I* know that if you're going to be doing some underage drinking, you don't do it in a public place. Yay!! Everyone jump in the "you shouldn't have done that" pool!
And now there is a post/comment that isn't dated February. Ta-da!!