National Anthems at Sports Events

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National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby jimipresley » Sat Jun 15, 2013 00:33

Damn, I hate it. It's just a game, dudes, nor WAR!

It's bad enough in sports like rugby where blokes actually HIT each other, but in cricket?! Ridiculous.

I was unlucky enough to see the beginning of an NBA game the other day where they were all singing The Star Spangled Banner. The big, tall blokes were crying and stuff. They were Americans, playing against other Americans. What's that all about? A bonding exercise before they tried to beat each other? :ponder:
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Dr Kurt Langstrom » Sat Jun 15, 2013 00:55

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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby divea » Sat Jun 15, 2013 07:19

I've never heard cricketers sing the national anthems. Maybe it's a new thing for TV. The most ridiculous thing was watching a hindi movie in the hall. One about a girls' hockey team and then at the end, they actually made us stand up and played the bloody national anthem. For a feel good ending?? What was really weird was that when the sign came up, 'please stand ...'. I thought yeah right, no one's going to wait another microsecond after the movie is over. I was wrong. It wasn't even a patriotic movie. :facepalm:
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby sandman » Sat Jun 15, 2013 15:29

They phased that out in the UK in the 1970s or so. At least in the cinemas. Too many screens being destroyed with flying bottles and suchlike. It was a very weird thing for me back in 1988, going to a film and being expected to stand for the national anthem. "Fucking backward hicks!" I thought to meself. "This is no way for a bunch of surrender monkeys to behave. Its not like they're French or anything!"
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby divea » Sun Jun 16, 2013 05:14

sandman wrote:They phased that out in the UK in the 1970s or so. At least in the cinemas. Too many screens being destroyed with flying bottles and suchlike. It was a very weird thing for me back in 1988, going to a film and being expected to stand for the national anthem. "Fucking backward hicks!" I thought to meself. "This is no way for a bunch of surrender monkeys to behave. Its not like they're French or anything!"

I'd never seen it before. I was like guys you're all in here wasting your time (like me) watch this crap, eating crap, wasting hours where you could be volunteering or saving the planet but at the end, you all etteary and stand straight upright through the anthem? Has to be guilt. :grin:
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Big Vern » Sun Jun 16, 2013 07:40

I have a theory that the more insecure a nation is about its identity, the more jingoistic it becomes. When I was young the Flag of St. George was hardly ever seen and the national anthem was only used at important international events. Then, around the 80s, we began to see the Union Flag all over the place. Blokes wearing Union Flag shorts and nonsense like that. In the late 90s the whole St. George thing started I suppose as a response to devolution. Nowadays it's ridiculous. Pop stars singing the national anthem at sports events like they do in America. Quite pathetic.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby HeadhonchoII » Sun Jun 16, 2013 08:12

I hate it too. They still do it at a minority of nightclubs and pubs where I am from, I believe. If you don't stand up you may get some abuse or worse.

I also don't agree with the words of our one, which is excessively militaristic.

I noticed the St George flag is getting more popular, perhaps just a natural reaction to changing times.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Kal El » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:03

I like the Haka. The anthems help you make it to the game on time if you're a wee bit late. :idunno:

But yes, it's odd seeing South Africans in Taiwan standing up and singing the national anthem in a pub before a rugby game. No one else seems to do this. :facepalm:
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Taffy » Wed Aug 28, 2013 13:33

Kal El wrote:But yes, it's odd seeing South Africans in Taiwan standing up and singing the national anthem in a pub before a rugby game. No one else seems to do this. :facepalm:

I've seen it before England World Cup games in football in pubs here. I find it uncomfortable, especially considering the sentiments expressed within.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Dr. Nemesis » Wed Aug 28, 2013 14:04

Taffy wrote:
Kal El wrote:But yes, it's odd seeing South Africans in Taiwan standing up and singing the national anthem in a pub before a rugby game. No one else seems to do this. :facepalm:

I've seen it before England World Cup games in football in pubs here. I find it uncomfortable, especially considering the sentiments expressed within.

Aren't "our boys" ( :facepalm: ) generally singing "God Save The Team" instead of "God Save The Queen" though?

As an aside, I've never actually learned the words to our national anthem. It's not because I hate my country or anything, I've just never been in a position where that knowledge was needed/ required. Much like I don't know the rules to Crown Green bowls or needed to build a rabbit hutch.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Bubbha » Wed Aug 28, 2013 14:26

Playing the national anthem before a movie is a sure sign of "backward, third-world nation" to me. They used to do it in Taiwan, then they thankfully stopped.

I also think it's a silly thing to do before a sporting event. I was delighted when Roseanne Barr made a well-deserved mockery of the practice.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Taffy » Wed Aug 28, 2013 14:29

Kal El wrote:Aren't "our boys" ( ) generally singing "God Save The Team" instead of "God Save The Queen" though?

True, but there's still the God bit to get my knickers in a twist about.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby Bubbha » Wed Aug 28, 2013 14:30

Big Vern wrote:I have a theory that the more insecure a nation is about its identity, the more jingoistic it becomes.

Yes, it's like men being insecure with their penis size and having to compensate with sports cars, guns or other macho BS.

Quite pathetic.

Indeed.
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Re: National Anthems at Sports Events

Postby maoman » Wed Aug 28, 2013 15:41

Bubbha wrote:Playing the national anthem before a movie is a sure sign of "backward, third-world nation" to me. They used to do it in Taiwan, then they thankfully stopped.

I'll admit, I always liked the national anthem before the movie. We used to play the national anthem in Canada too, a long, long time ago. I've always felt that Taiwanese could stand to bolster their national identity. It's been pretty limp-wristed for ages, first by design, now by circumstance.
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