Thanking America

on November 2016 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

In honour, actually, I should say in “honor” of our American brothers and sisters to the south and their Thanksgiving day holiday, I thought it would be a nice gesture to talk about a couple of American things I am thankful for. You see, over the past year I may have poked fun at their expense or even shed light on some of their blunders. One time, I may have even insulted a few (million) of them because of their voting choices. But through it all, the USofA has been like a big brother to Canada. Like most big brothers, they are always there when you really need them, even if they don’t particularly care to know what Canada is all about. So here are just two, of the many I might add, sports related American things I am thankful for.

Unflappable Loyalty


Say what you will about their usual chest thumping, grandiose obnoxious arrogance but Americans love their teams even if they are a sad bunch of ragamuffins. Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Browns (actually, for decades any Cleveland team fits) were all perennial losers. Yet fans of these teams are rarely embarrassed to admit who they support and cheer for. There is one team though that are the kings of futility. Oops, wrong tense. They WERE the kings of futility but now we know them simply as champions. The Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Series Champions yet it shouldn’t be considered a fairytale season. It didn’t come out of nowhere like the Miracle Mets. This was a team that was built to win and could be back to the dance a few times over the next few years. This great victory was all about waiting 108 years to be called the best team in the league and for the die hard fans who have stuck through it all. Their loyalty and unwavering commitment is something rarely seen in our fickle, what have you done for me lately generation. Now losing year after year is something that we here in the 6ix unfortunately know a lot about. Shout out to our Toronto Maple Leafs. So thank you America for showing us that sticking by your team through good times and bad (and more bad times, and even more bad times) can payoff in the end with one of the sweetest victories in all of sports. Oh yeah… thank you as well for Auston Matthews as hopefully he will end the Leafs drought.

Sporting Heroes

It is difficult in Canada not to hear how great American athletes are as most of our television coverage is American. There is no denying how spectacular they are across all athletic platforms. Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods are just a few that have reached the highest accolades and that list only covers the last few decades. But America has produced athletes that transcend their sport. Athletes that strive far beyond greatness in themselves, but strive for greatness in the world. Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe did extremely well on the court but what they did off the court for gender and sexual equality stands out above any sporting achievement. Jackie Robinson was a gifted athlete and we all know he broke the colour barrier in MLB. It wasn’t that he played baseball that made him a hero, it was the fact that he played baseball while being insulted, ridiculed and having his life threatened constantly that made him a hero. As much as he wanted to lash out, he knew he had to endure it not for his own sake, but for those that came after. All of these athletes were not perfect, but that isn’t the point. Mohammed Ali had many faults but no one person in the sporting world fought as hard for their beliefs as he did. He tried to teach the world what was important in life, what was fair in life and what was right in life. America, Canada and the rest of the world are in great need right now of great people more so than ever, so thank you America for continuing to produce these athletes that make the world a better place.

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