My father loved his country, and he loved his National Anthem. He grew up poor in East Texas and was able through hard work and good fortune to earn a comfortable living in Denver. He served in the Army in Japan immediately after World War II. Atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved him from being part of America’s invading forces.
At every sporting event I ever attended with my father, he sang the National Anthem and he sang every word, right up to the last one. That word is “brave,” and it’s a precious word.
Saturday night, North Dakota fans invaded World Arena in force. These fans made more noise than Colorado College fans, which makes sense. They had plenty to cheer about in North Dakota’s 6-0 victory.
They had fun. They made a lot of noise. And that’s all fine.
But they began the night by shouting “home of the SIOUX” instead of “home of the brave.” Guess the actual words of the anthem aren’t quite good enough for North Dakota fans. And, I guess, in the land of free North Dakota fans can sing the anthem any way they want, even if this behavior offends and saddens those who care about our great country and its great anthem.
Glad my dad wasn’t around to listen to his National Anthem polluted by the North Dakota shouters. Guess it’s just another one of those traditions UND fans cling to so fiercely.
What do you think of this behavior by North Dakota fans?
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