While watching the Canada vs. USA match this Saturday morning it occurred to me that 40,000 Canadians in a dome in Toronto are there out of national pride and to see if their team can beat the Americans.
And this comes at a time when their beloved hockey season is heading towards the playoffs.
Wherever our team goes they are the ones who others want to beat into submission. The USA team might as well be the Yankees.
And that's the key. Rightly or wrongly we don't feel like we exist in the shadow of a more powerful country in sports or in other endeavors for that matter. Thus, we don't look for times like these to prove what we are made of.
We are convinced our team sports athletes are far superior to international baseball, basketball or football leagues Stars from around the world play in our leagues whereas Americans go abroad when they can't make it in the NFL, MLB or the NBA.
Sprinkled throughout the WBC international teams are players who we root for when they don uniforms of the Mariners, Red Sox and Angels.
It seems odd for us to turn around and hate on them because they are now wearing the colors of Japan, the Dominican or even Canada.
It's not that we have no national pride. That is clear when you see the size of audiences for the Olympic games. But in general, most of the Olympic sports that consume us are individual in nature. And in many of those sports we are the underdog, living in the shadow of dominant teams from countries around the world.
We also are given the opportunity to get to know our Olympic athletes and feel connected to their personal stories. Some of that is a creature of the television networks who need to make us care to justify the hundreds of millions they spend on the rights to broadcast the games.
But since we know the MLB players who play on Team USA no introductions seem necessary. It's just not life or death for us and we don't think we have a point to prove.
This isn't the Olympic men's basketball team needing redemption. But it is baseball and despite some of the quirky rules that irk us, it isn't a waste of time.
Just one woman's thoughts. I'm sure you have yours.