How patriotic are you?

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  1. snapple232

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    In the upcoming Olympics, who would you support in a match between your favorite player and a player from your country, assuming they aren't both?
     
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  2. WhiskeyEE

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    There's no real Canadian unity or pride so I don't care about it. I'm not cheering for Milos Raonic.
     
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  3. Beacon Hill

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    Where someone happened to be born is of no consequence when I am choosing who to cheer for.
     
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  4. timnz

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    Canada

    Really? I have seen a lot of patriotic Canadians. The last winter olympics evidenced this. Canada is a great country - the people there have a lot to be proud of. (New Zealander who has visited Canada on a couple of occasions writing this).
     
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  5. WhiskeyEE

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    Canada is a mix of many different cultures, so there's no real unity. Indians consider themselves Indian, Filipinos consider themselves Filipino, Dominicans consider themselves Dominican, French Canadians consider themselves French Canadian, you get the picture. There is more provincial pride within Quebec, Newfoundland, etc. than there is nationally.

    That and Canada doesn't really have an identity of its own. I mean... what is Canada known for? 90+% of our media and whatnot is stolen from the US. Our history boils down to a couple wars between the English and French.

    But yeah Canadians do love their winter sports. Mostly hockey.
     
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  6. kragster

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    For the Olympics definitely country man. For regular tournaments I'd support my countryman vs a favorite ( Rafa / djokovic ) only if it was possible for the countryman to win the whole thing.
     
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  7. Sid_Vicious

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    Aside from tennis, I always cheer for Americans. Lol, I hardly know anything about sports like archery and fencing so I don't really have a choice.In tennis, I much rather see Federer win Gold rather than Isner.
     
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    if federer runs into kohlschreiber im with federer
     
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    I'm French Canadian but I'll even cheer for athletes from other provinces. ;)

    Oh, and I always cheer for Americans to lose.
     
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    Very patriotic. I'll be rooting for the Swiss players all the way.
     
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  11. joeri888

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    In tennis, Federer always. I Am not patriotic In general and dont think it is some
    Virtue to be but in other sports i usually support dutch atletes
     
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    ^^^^^ this!

    There are some German athletes I seem to like, but I would like them as well if they were from another country.

    In general, in tennis it's almost always Nadal (I'm a claycourter and like his game), in basketball it's of course team USA, and so on.
    Different from most people, I'm not favoring the underdog anytime. In my opinion the winner should be the one who proved to be the very best over a certain timespan. For example, if Usain Bolt wouldn't win the 100/200 meters, he would be robbed, bc he is the best of all sprinters.

    And finally, there are some athletes I desperately want to have success. This group of people exclusively consists of female hotties. I instantly fell in love with Lolo Jones at the last Olympics, and was really sad when she didn't make it ;)
    It's a shame that this Aussie hurdler girl (famous bc of YouTube) isn't qualified...
     
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    Think you got it back-ass-wards. American culture owes a lot to Canada. I currently am hooked on Lost Girl, Flashpoint, Being Erica and, too a lesser extent, Haven and Sanctuary.

    US culture would be lost without the likes of Michel J Fox, William Shatner, Samuel Goldwyn (MGM), Pam Anderson, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Nellie Furtado, Barenaked Ladies, Sum 41, Alanis Morisette, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, Justin Bieber, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Gould (classical piano), Natasha Henstridge, Estella Warren, Paul Anka, Robert Goulet, Kristin Kreuk, Laura Vandervoort, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nicole de Boer, Lorne Greene, Jennifer Tilly, Victoria Pratt, Lindy Booth, Cobie Smulders (HIMYM), Nina Dobrev, Elisha Cuthbert, Evangeline Lilly, Neve Campbell, Wayne Gretzky, Terry Gilliam, Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong), Raymond Burr, John Candy and Dan Akroyd to name just a few.
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  14. WhiskeyEE

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    I lol'd. It wouldn't brah, sorry. Canadians have had an influence on American culture, but it was American cultural infrastructure that made most of them stars in the first place. Canadians like Ryan Gosling couldn't have Hollywood dreams without Hollywood. (but he was still cool in Breaker High...)
     
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  15. Antonio Puente

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    Canada's greatest contribution to international culture probably came when the drunk in Montreal drove Roger Waters to write The Wall.
     
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    Local tv doesn't give you much choice - they'd rather show a national finishing last than a world record race.
     
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    This. Go Switzerland
     
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  18. joeri888

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    I always laugh at The virtue that is american patriotism. USA is a Nice country i Am sure, but it seems like you Guys learn in school that America is the best and superior to other countries. It is not. I usually root for the dutch but Thats Because i Hardly know these athletes so it is An easy criterion. If i really Am into a sport, i root for the player, not the country
     
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  19. -RF-

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    Pfff. Patriotism doesn't exist in left-wing London.
     
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    I got a lot of grief from my tennis buds back on the 70's for liking Borg and Vilas more than Connors and JMac. I still pull for my favorite players, no matter where they come from. I'll be in Fed's corner all the way at the Olys...Project Gold...Mine is all that matters!
     
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  21. sunny_cali

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    LoL - You are hilarious Senti :) I suspect I'll do the same !

    Given the shenanigans with the desi tennis dolts I am indifferent to their progress in doubles.
     
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  22. Cesc Fabregas

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    The Wall is one of the biggest piles of ****e in the rock cannon.
     
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  23. joeri888

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    Are Americans seriously accusing Canada of having no culture? America is such a patriotistic country, because they have little culture, little history, it's all european. The culture and history that country had was brutally murdered by your and my ancestors.
     
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  24. Vlad_C

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    I live in Canada, and yes, Canada has no culture. A bunch of Scottish people doing the riverdance does not count as culture. But that's beside the point.

    More importantly, we have no (good) tennis players. Raonic' game is already as boring as his idol's, Pete Sampras (while not nearly as good), and Pospisil...forgedabboudit. Frank Dancevic could still kick his a** anytime, anywhere.
     
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  25. Vlad_C

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    Wait a minute... I see that Stephanie Dubois will play doubles at the olympics. She's the one that lost 0-6, 0-6 to Azarenka last year in Montreal. I think we'll be just fine...
     
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  26. Russeljones

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    I'd always support my nation's player. Not sure if this is enough to make someone patriotic though.
     
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    What? No mention of Geddy Lee, Neal Peart or Alex Lifeson? I'm dumfounded!
     
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  28. ZeroSkid

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    As a soon to be canadian I can honestly say i'm rooting for milos to lose.
     
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    LoL. What culture?
     
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  30. WhiskeyEE

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    lulz. I knew you weren't a real Canadian. I knew it damn it.
     
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    We have a great culture...of violence! I live on the middle of it in the cesspool built by Mickey Mouse. For a glimpse, google Cady Way Trail murders...about three miles away from my doorstep.
     
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    My sympathies.
     
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    Dislike Tomic with a passion, though will never root against an Aussie in the olympics.

    On the tour though, wouldn't care if he had a worse career than DY.
     
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  34. ZeroSkid

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    Pospisil is canada's future
     
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    Olympic tennis I will be pulling for the USA teams/player till they get knocked out. then I will be pulling for my favorite players.

    Pulling for Roddick 1st
    Isner 2nd
    Bryan Bros
    Williams Sisters
    Serena

    (but not Harrison...can't stand him)

    after Americans I am pulling for in order

    1) Andy Murray
    2) Tsonga
    3) Federer
    4) Would have been Nadal had he entered.


    Fed would have been my #1 had he not won SW19 because it had been so long since a slam it would be nice to see him win at Wimbledon....but he did that so I am a happy camper.
     
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  36. tusharlovesrafa

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    I'll be rooting for Saina Nehwal.
     
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  37. sunny_cali

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    Good choice - far better than rooting for the tennis chaps. Is baar kam se kam 5 medals ki apeksha to kar sakte hain....
     
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  38. DRII

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    One potential negative consequence of broad/non-binding diversity...

    Sometimes there is a thin line between Diversity; Multiculturalism; and balkanization :(
     
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    I'm so patriotic, I hate Roddick's game but I root for him and wear the Babolat Propulse 3 shoe anyway.

    I'm so patriotic, I root for Canada and Mexico whenever I can, just because they are neighbors. Especially for Canada because they're basically us if we had stuck to the Monroe Doctrine. And Mexico's got some delicious, simple, fresh food. Not sure why they call it the beak off the rooster, but I love pico de gallo and will root for them based on that alone.

    I'm so patriotic, I root for Federer and Wawrinka because in my mind, they play the way I was taught. I was taught in America. So they are my boys. I feel this way about Becker, Stich, Noah, Cash and Rafter. And Guga.

    To most Americans, The Americas are America, too, so Vilas, Rios, Guga and Sabatini are fair game. I like Del Potro and Monaco a lot, too.

    While I root for Canada, I feel Australia is our neighbor, too, in lots of ways, so I'm pretty patriotic about rooting for them.

    I like Flight of the Conchords a lot, so New Zealand is one of my favorite countries to root for whenever possible.

    I've been to Jamaica, and I openly root for them, especially in the winter games.

    I've been to Costa Rica. They are like neighbors to me. Pura Vida. I root for all Latin American nations because when you go there, the names of the laces all sound like you're in California or Texas....and that is very American of them to do that, so I'm a fan.

    I'm so patriotic, I root for Liberia, because they are mostly descended from former American slaves and their flag is like ours. I take a lot of pride in that. Wait a minute. Hmm.

    I'm so patriotic, I root for Cubans because they have contributed a lot culturally to Florida and they is mah neighborz. And that's a communist country...so man, I must be really patriotic!

    I root for the Czechs a lot because two great American players grew up there: Navratilova and Lendl. Can't do much better than those two.

    I root for Greece and Italy because so many Americans and Canadians have last names that come from there. Very American. And nice weather.

    I root for Israel because, as an American, I am expected to. Very patriotic.

    I root for all Muslim nations because it'll be the next cool thing on stuff white people like, which is written by a Canadian, so by extension, that's very patriotical of me.

    Okay, proving how patriotic I am is tiring, but of course, incredibly patriotic. I'd do it all day, but I've got a tea party to organize.

    Peace. I mean, vamos America!
     
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  40. DRII

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    You mean, U.S. actors and comedians would have more jobs without Canadains :twisted:

    I know several comedians and they all say Canadians are lurking at every night club trying to replace them LOL...
     
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  41. TeflonTom

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    canada is a nice country with a lot to be proud of, but it has lots of ppl like WhiskeyEE who suffer badly from cultural cringe

    i am not hugely patriotic because cheerin for the usa has always seemed a bit like cheerin a bulldozer. it dont really need ur moral support

    i will be cheerin 4 the players i wanna see win. sometimes it will be yanks, other times no
     
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    You've got it wrong. It appears to be the Canadians in this thread that are putting down Canada.

    And I didn't mention Celine Dion either. The real crime tho' is that I left out Lexa Doig.
     
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    Perhaps little history, but the rest of your post is sadly misguided and reeks of haterism!

    Perhaps you should visit before commenting! America is not Europe.
     
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  44. Russeljones

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    Perhaps he meant that the culture was passed on as the populations of both the US and Canada were perdominantly made up of Europeans.
     
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    just the other day someone was tellin me that they dont teach geography properly in our schools any more

    you showed them
     
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  46. PrinceMoron

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    I am completely neutral, which means Swiss.

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    I'm pretty patriotic - I'll always support a Brit player against Johnny Foreigner.

    I also like to see the Americans and Australians do well - I think of them as lost children.
     
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    It happens that I really like the two players (Fed and Stan the Man) which will play for my country, and I will thus root for them (even if I wouldn't be disapointed at all if Ferrer win the gold). I'll root as well for other Swiss athlete I know (that I know because they are Swiss), such as Fabian Cancellara or the soccer team. Otherwise I don't give a **** of what the swiss "athlete" will do in pistol shooting, because I don't care of pistol shooting.
     
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  49. Russeljones

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    How do you rate Cancellara's chances vs Wiggins?
     
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    holy moly u mad bro?

    Having grown up in Western, NY I've spent my fair share of time in Canada.

    Toronto is an amazing city with a lot of culture and influence and Quebec City is an absolutely beautiful place (has a very European feel)
     
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