Punching Beavers In The Face

This is a big deal in Canada. The loss of the Hockey Night song. I guess, it’s considered almost a national anthem. I’ve never heard before now.
Nonetheless, when I saw this on the Colbert Report the other night, I watched it 5 times and laughed every time, in the way only an American living in Canada truly could, there was a bit of a snicker to my laughter.

It’s hard to explain why that is so funny to me, given my particular situation. It’s not that anyone is mean to me because I’m American. However, there are times when they discuss America, and Americans, and it makes me feel … engulfed, in a way. It’s somewhat “underdoggish” type of feeling, only not nearly as competitive. I’m not sure I am able to explain it, without making it sound like a US vs. Canada thing.
It’s really more of a foreigner in a foreign land thing. Trying to fit in and find a place for yourself. And one of your own, one of your peeps, comes along and stakes a tiny little claim. While being as stereotypical an American as possible. (American things = waving a gun around. I do enjoy hot dogs, tho.) I imagine a reverse scenario would be as funny to a Canadian living in the US. If Rick Mercer stole the theme to ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
Ok, that show isn’t even on anymore, but it’s the only iconic American Sports Theme I could remember.


4 thoughts on “Punching Beavers In The Face

  1. It’s interesting that you feel a bit put upon, being an American in Canada. On behalf of all Canadians, I apologize.
    We can be insufferable, cherry picking what we regard as the best of U.S. culture while stereotyping and denigrating the rest.

  2. Vanwall says:

    Yeah, you gotta live widdit, I’m just in the States, sorry – it’s still a helluva hoot, tho. They coulda got ridda that braying ass Cherry and kept the tune, but that’s the bass ackward way they’ve been doing this whole thing. From now on, no Canuck can ever compare the Canadian “mystique” favorably to the Southern Provinces of the United Snakes to me, ’cause they can’t even hold on their national anthem. HeHe!

  3. Tara says:

    Hmm…I don’t know anyone who has punched a beaver in the face. I punched a horse in the face once, though. 😛
    (Hey, the nag bit me. And I guarantee it hurt my hand more than it hurt the nag. But on the plus side, she never bit me again.)

  4. When I saw the title I thought it was going to be about Canada’s version of cow tipping. I was curious about how you’d get close enough to punch a beaver.

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