Monday, November 26, 2012

Poor Manners or Just Fun?

On Sunday, I watched the Grey Cup game between the Toronto Argos and the Calgary Stampeders. It was part of Canada's annual football weekend. Clearly, here's another example of "you know you're getting old when", but I was apalled. No, it wasn't the game that offended me. It was the crowd. I think that during parts of the event, they were an embarassment to our citizens and a bad example to children.

It's not that difficult to teach children manners and respect. Setting a good example is one way. Explaining to them what is rude is another. I always taught children that even if you don't like something, you applaud politely. After all, how would you feel if you were on stage making an effort, and throngs of people were booing? You don't need to applaud or cheer as loudly as for something you enjoy more, but nonetheless, no booing. I think that booing has become a part of our culture, more often our sports culture.

On Sunday, the members of the opposing Calgary Stampeders were introduced. There was booing for every single individual...not necessary. They hadn't even played yet. There should have been an appreciation of how far this team had come. They were in the playoffs.

The half time show had an array of Canadian talent. It was a well thought out, well put together effort with both individual and group superstars.

Justin Bieber performed and there was booing. I was shocked. It should have been a source of pride for people to see that despite his fame, he continues to embrace being a Canadian by being willing to perform at the Grey Cup. There are those who say, "What were they thinking having him sing for a crowd of football fans."

I'm not certain what that's supposed to mean. If the Superbowl in the U.S. had the opportunity to have this Canadian star, they'd jump at the chance. Sure, he appeals to the younger crowd, but perhaps it's time to increase the dwindling pool of CFL supporters, by trying to reach a younger fan base. This was a great idea and gave the show a broader spectrum of Canadian talent...from the very young Bieber, to the very old Gordon Lightfoot.

Of course, fans might insist, "We were just having fun, booing is part of the experience." I can buy that to a point. Sure, if there are questionable calls during a game, I have no issue with booing as a means to express disatisfaction. I admit, I have even been guilty of booing a performance enhancing, steroid using, "has been" who shall remain nameless.

Booing prior to the beginning of a game, booing a performer who has done nothing wrong but in fact promotes our country and at his young age, "gives back" by helping charitable organizations is just wrong and offensive.

Think before you "boo". That's my opinion and anyone who disagrees is wrong. After all, I'm old now.

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