Wednesday, December 28, 2011


At a recent game, I noticed that as soon as there was announcement of the singing of the National Anthem, a man (about 60+ of age) sitting directly in front of us, got up quickly from his seat and walked out. I thought, "well, when you got to go, you got to go". Then at the beginning of the 2nd period, a serviceman who was on leave and his family were being acknowledged on the jumbotron. We stood up and applauded to show our appreciation to Sgt. Scott and to all the men and women for their service to our country. I looked around and saw that everyone stood up except the man in the front row. I thought, "well, maybe he has physical problems and could not stand up". The Blues finally scored to tie the game 1-1. The man, who walked out during the singing of the National Anthem and would not stand up to show respect and appreciation to a soldier, yet this man jumped up, clapped and shouted from the top of his lung. Five minutes into the 3rd period, there was a fight and this man again stood up, pumping his fists, yelling as if he was ready to jump onto the ice. I thought, "well, this man really has a mental problem". I leaned forward and spoke loud enough for him and maybe others around me to hear, "You don't get freedom and liberty from hockey players. Show respect and appreciation to our servicemen and women." The man turned his head half way toward my direction, then straighten up, turned back to the ice. I was ready to explain to that man about my comments that it is our servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives serving our country so he could enjoy the hockey games. It is the soldiers who deserved the respect and appreciation, not the hockey players. Perhaps this man should be sent to a country where he has to bow and pay homage frequently to the great leader, living in fear, only then he would appreciate the real heroes who provide freedom and liberty.

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