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Jude's avatar

Is it wrong that I always root against the U.S. when they play other countries?

Asked by Jude (32112points) July 17th, 2011

I am Canadian and I will root for any other country, but, the U.S..

Not sure where this comes from. I can’t help it.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Where do you think it might come from?

Jude's avatar

Not sure.

DeanV's avatar

This is one hell of a game, though.

jlelandg's avatar

no reason to be jealous, Canadian. I typically am favorable to Canada unless they play us.

Jude's avatar

Not jealous. Just don’t care for them to win.

The comment that I am jealous is one of the reasons why I don’t root for the Americans.

flutherother's avatar

It’s the same over here. I am Scottish and we always support any team in any sport that is playing England. I didn’t realise Canadians felt the same way about the US but I can understand it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You guys are making me feel bad! I always root for Canada, unless they’re playing us.

Then maybe you can explain it, @flutherother? Do you guys just not like the states in general, or is this reserved only for sports?

Jude's avatar

@Dutchess_III Only sports, for me. I am dating an American.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I think rooting for anyone in sports is kind of silly. :P

Lightlyseared's avatar

You can root for whoever you want to.

redfeather's avatar

Yes it is. Butthead. ;)

Kardamom's avatar

I only root for figure skaters, so I guess I’m biased against all other sports. LOL. Doesn’t matter whether they are American skaters or not, though.

It’s kind of funny. I’ve noticed that with the figure skating fans, myself included, we don’t want anybody to fail. Instead of hooting and hollering when someone wins, we all get kind of quiet and sad for the poor skater that falls down or loses. Nobody is happy when a skater screws up. That’s why I prefer going to exhibition shows rather than contests.

flutherother's avatar

@Dutchess_III I meant I feel towards England as Canadians and @Jude feel towards the US. I don’t have anything against the US. I think it is one way of resisting domination by more powerful southern neighbours.

redfeather's avatar

@Jude I love Japan, but one of the girl’s on the US team is from my hometown so I gots to cheer for us!

Jude's avatar

@redfeather You go, girl! That’s cool. :)

josie's avatar

Suit yourself.
I always root for Canadians if the US is not involved.

Jude's avatar

@josie Yup. Personal preference. Don’t care for them (when it comes to sports).

redfeather's avatar

@Jude haha I just looked at her Wikipedia page and told my dad, “Hey! We went to the same high school! At the same time!” my dad just shook his head. I don’t remember her but apparently he does. Jeez.

Jude's avatar

Fuck. Yeah.

MrItty's avatar

I think it’s kinda ridiculous to root against any team. Sure you can want your team to win, but to specifically want some team to lose? That’s just bitter and childish, in my mind.

Jude's avatar

Whatever, @MrItty who is snugglin’ with Mickey.

Jude's avatar

I’m outta here.

I just checked out my newsfeed and a good portion of Canadians were rooting for Japan. :)

cletrans2col's avatar

You’re not an American, so who cares?

Jude's avatar

Apparently, some people from the U.S.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@Jude Maybe when you were growing up, did you see the U.S. as Canada’s big brother, and like a lot of people in different countries, don’t like the image of the U.S. as “the boss” because of its superpower status?

You must have been elated when the Canadian men’s hockey team beat the U.S. at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Nothing wrong with that, though I cheered for the U.S. :D

JHUstudent's avatar

@Jude it’s natural for people to assume you’re feeling somewhat of an inferiority complex when watching the USA play

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thank goodness @Jude! I was gonna burst into full fledged sobbing!!

Jude's avatar

I hate the cockiness.

I am going to leave it at that.

seekingwolf's avatar

I say boo any team you want. It’s the nature of sports. I don’t really know where it comes from but does it matter? You have the right to root/boo for any team that you want! Just be careful where you do it because you don’t want to get trounced by neighboring fans.

I’m American btw. Any Americans who get butthurt about you booing need to get a grip. Not everyone likes us and for good reason at times.

Yep, too much cockiness. That’s probably why I don’t want ANY sports at all though. It’s apparent in nearly all groups.

Jude's avatar

“m American btw. Any Americans who get butthurt about you booing need to get a grip. Not everyone likes us and for good reason at times”

Just when it comes to sports. Like I said, I plan on marrying an American and will most likely be living here. I love Americans.

seekingwolf's avatar

Best of luck to you. ;) We’re quite a handful at times but I think we can be rather fun.

I think we can be rather ignorant (of other country matters) and bull-headed at times, plus dramatic, but that’s just me. Everyone has their flaws, lol.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Jude Yeah…I’ve heard we come off as cocky. But what can I say? We’re just GREAT! : )

trickface's avatar

Booing is pointless and negative, cheering is supportive and positive.

The booers are the troublemakers in sport.

Jude's avatar

My partner and I were wrestling because of the game. The exictement of the game and both of us rooting for different teams brought out some fun. :)

FutureMemory's avatar

I root for Americans during the Olympics, but when it comes to pro sports I could care less who wins.

@Jude Continue rooting for the non-American teams, it’s hilarious how “butt hurt” (as @seekingwolf put it) some people get about it ;)

FutureMemory's avatar

@Jude Can I wrestle too? I’ll let the Canadians win ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Poor Jude…Let me help you. I’ll hold your hair and get you a cool wash cloth. I’m like most Americans. Really good at that too!!

amujinx's avatar

I’m American and cheered against the US team.

I just hate the non-soccer fans that jump on the bandwagon when the US team makes a Cup run and then feels they can gripe about the game when they claim they don’t enjoy watching soccer and don’t know the rules. If you don’t enjoy soccer, cease the blind patriotism and watch/complain about something else.

cletrans2col's avatar

@amujinx Nothing wrong with cheering for America to win. I always pull for the U.S. to succeed in the Olympics, even though other than hockey, hoops, and a few other sports, I could give a crap about most of the sports.

cletrans2col's avatar

@amujinx That’s also a dumb reason to root against your country.

seekingwolf's avatar

@cletrans2col

Is one required to root for one’s country?

rooeytoo's avatar

I find it everywhere I go, people like to dump on the yanks, love to see them lose at anything. I reckon they are all just jealous.

I am not living in USA or Canada but I can tell you, I have met some rude, obnoxious, arrogant, cocky, whatever canadian travelers, as well as yanks, brits, germans, etc. There are ignoranuses of every race, creed, color, gender, nationality and whatever other classification you can think of.

Does canada have any strong contenders in any sport except hockey?? But then again who won the Stanley cup this year, was it Boston? And were there riots anywhere afterward???

:-)

amujinx's avatar

@cletrans2col
I’ve already seen youtube videos from people crying about how the US lost to Japan, and it wasn’t fair because the US had more shots than the Japanese, and how it should have been 4–0 at the half (mind you, the US only had at most 3 shots on net in the first half, so the ‘should have been 4–0 at the half’ argument is extremely silly). These are the people who are calling goals ‘points’ and ‘kickoffs’ (I wish I was making this up). As a soccer lover, it angers me to see these idiots pretending to support a team they actually know nothing about, and only support to continue the blind patriotism of ‘the US is #1’. It’s not fair to the players and the true fans, but I’m going to cheer against US soccer because I can not bear seeing these idiot ‘supporters’ cheer when it’s more about vanity than true fandom. If the US ever gets to the point where most people are cheering for US soccer and not just USA, I’ll start supporting the team.

cletrans2col's avatar

@seekingwolf If you’re American, yes.

JLeslie's avatar

I think it is the same as people who always root against the Dallas Cowboys. They think they are such big shit, you hate to see them win. Or, smething like that. Also, since we are neighbors, there is a sort of rivalry I guess, so any team but the states, right? Like I went to Michigan State, and so any team but University of Michigan. But, having said that, many Michiganders once they know their team is out of the running, go ahead and hope one of the Michigan teams win in the end. Depends on the person.

Jude's avatar

“Does canada have any strong contenders in any sport except hockey?? But then again who won the Stanley cup this year, was it Boston? And were there riots anywhere afterward???”

Yep, you had a few douchebags there. Doesn’t represent all of the fans, though.

Jude's avatar

@JLeslie Go Spartans. :)

Schroedes13's avatar

I will begin by saying, I have many American friends. However, when it comes to sports. I will root for any team other than the Americans. When watching the World Juniors, I always hope the Americans will get upset by Belarus or Kazakstan lol.

@MRSHINYSHOES I was elated when Crosby scored. The whole bar erupted and there were free drinks for everyone!

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@Schroedes13 Lol..the complete opposite of what happened with me and my buddies at the bar!

seekingwolf's avatar

@cletrans2col

Sorry, but I disagree.

I’m a law-abiding citizen and I’m thankful to be born in a country that has plenty of food, but “rooting” for my country? I don’t think so. The leaders seem to have an agenda that I don’t agree with. Why would I “have” to “root” for a cause that I don’t really agree with personally?

Just because you’re born in a country doesn’t mean that you have to drink the patriotic Kool-Aide. I see patriotism as just a form of “my country is better because, well, I live in it so I think that so there!” It’s childish.

seekingwolf's avatar

By the way, I don’t root or boo for any of the teams since I don’t like any sports.

Although I must admit, I get a little bit of satisfaction when the Americans lose. We tend to be such sore losers. Seeing a bunch of adult players fall into temper tantrums never gets old. Then again, I’ve seen such behaviour from other countries as well. Entertaining nonetheless.

Aethelflaed's avatar

I’m not sure always rooting against the US no matter what is really any better than always rooting for the US no matter what.

Why do you always root against the US? I personally don’t get the whole “rooting” thing, so I just fake root for whomever everyone else is so I don’t get crap…

Schroedes13's avatar

lol. I always root against the US because of the stereotypical American attitude that they are better than Canadians. So it feels nice to beat them at sports.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@Schroedes13 Yeah, we Americans can be pretty patriotic.

Schroedes13's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES I think many Americans are hyper-nationalist, not just patriotic.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@Schroedes13 That may be true. I do have a flag on my pole. lol

Schroedes13's avatar

lol…no that’s nationalism. Hyper-nationalism is thinking you’re better than other countries.

Schroedes13's avatar

@cletrans2col lol nice! Not at hockey though…..sorry…..

Schroedes13's avatar

@cletrans2col sorry….that was low! Maybe this year’s world juniors?? maybe….lol

Jude's avatar

When watching figure skating, a bunch of friends and family would hope that the U.S. skaters would “zamboni” (fall and slide across the ice). I don’t feel bad about it. :) The cockiness of the yanks makes me sick.

I could say more, but, I won’t.

DeanV's avatar

@amujinx I think even that beats Americans not being interested at all.

It always surprises me how many Americans hate soccer because it’s boring yet love baseball as the National Pastime.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@Jude You must have been one of those who rooted for Tiffany to fall. Lol-lol.

rooeytoo's avatar

Go ahead, heap it on, we cocky arrogant yanks can take it cuz we know we’re the best and the rest are just jealous!

Jude's avatar

@rooeytoo Oh, rooeytoo. :)

rooeytoo's avatar

@Jude – I know I’m incorrigble!

wilma's avatar

I’m like @josie , I root for Canada if the U.S. isn’t involved.
That is how it is for me locally too. I root for our rival neighboring town when our team is out of the running.
That seems to me like the natural thing to do, root for your neighbor.

rooeytoo's avatar

Did you know that in Australia “root” is not a very nice word. And I am always putting my foot in my mouth by using it in inappropriate times and circumstances!!!

Sorry @Jude there was so much rooting going on, I just had to add that! Cheers

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