Canada's Good Ol' Girls: For Shame!
They might have gone into their locker rooms, changed from their Team Canada hockey uniforms into chaste little dresses and nice little winter boots, shrugged on their Hudson Bay winter coats and gone out, arm in arm, to one of the very classy and extremely classic tea bars in the area nicely behaving the way women are expected to comport themselves. What might have come over them? How could they possibly have lost their sense of who they are and whom they represent?
How could they do this to us! Still wearing their game-winning gold medals and their red-and-white team outfits they chose to embarrass themselves, Team Canada and the country. By gasp! behaving like, uh, men. Beer cans in hand, cigars dangling for their feminine lips these beautiful athletes who just demonstrated they are the world's best at their chosen sport, emulated what men always do.
In their celebratory mood, anticipating some fun to go along with the games they posed and kidded one another, and went back onto the ice in the post-game, fan-empty arena to pose for a few impromptu photos each would snap of the other. Well, they hadn't, obviously, counted on prudish Gilbert Felli, executive director of the Olympic Games, had they? And he most certainly hadn't anticipated the scandal that their behaviour would represent.
"It is not what we want to see. I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public. We will investigate." Just investigate? How much should the girls grovel and apologize and promise they will never, ever be so injudicious in their youthful cheeriness at winning the impossible, never again?
How cretinous is that behaviour, that of the OIC official whose natural, sparkling sense of humour must make him a pleasure to live with, let alone to work with. But Hockey Canada is taking this very seriously indeed. Mea Culpa; we did not remember to leash our women's hockey team members sufficiently expeditiously to ensure such an insult to decorum would not occur.
"The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone", went the humble message from the team. Humble? Not likely, it has that 'up yours' little addendum lisping its saucy comeback at the wet blanket that meant to squelch their little ol' party.