it's the kind of hollow crass populism that has the potential to turn corrosive. it's simplistic and tastes like bad coffee and rightwing politics (even though many who participate like good coffee and could not by any stretch of the imagination be said to be on the right). it's in your face, loud, obnoxious and rude. it's unsports(wo)manlike. it devalues other sports and other athletes. it inflates one sport and says "this is what counts."
we're so much more, and so much better, than that. and it's contentious and hard to find out what exactly the "more" consists of. but we should look into it because the answer to "what is canada" sure as hell isn't a bunch of millionaire jocks on skates.
i'd rather a true celebration of true amateurs.