Someone missed a great opportunity to distinguish themselves at their workplace this weekend. Someone's workplace is multinational, containing among the many Americans and Latin Americans, a surprisingly large (and this week, particularly vocal) number of Canadians. Naturally, there was some trash talk back and forth about the men's hockey face-off for the gold medal between the U.S. and Canada. Even in Florida, hockey can be serious business.
The discussion led to a proposal for a wager that could have been a classic. If the U.S. won, the Canadian contingent would have had to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" in front of everyone. And if Canada won, a Cuban-born American and another American (the someone in this story) would have had to sing "Oh, Canada" in front of everyone.
However, the non-Canadian alliance was not as confident in its singing skills or its team's hockey skills as it was in its trash-talking skills, and the wager devolved into a prize of wine, with the price of the wine determined by the spread between goals scored by the winners vs. the losers.
Turns out the wine prize scheme was a wise choice for the non-Canadians, but the chance to make history was lost. The singing prize was clearly the stuff of legends in the making.
Meanwhile, the closing ceremonies were a hoot. Kudos to Canada for doing such a nice job, with such a gracious sense of humor.
Of course, any production that includes Neil Young can't be too far from the mark.