Friday, October 22, 2010

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Anthem Incident

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There are some great Saint John Sea Dogs videos on YouTube.

This is not one of them.

Inspired by the Sea Dogs’ theme song making its way onto YouTube, Randy Corey of sent this in. Below you see Kenny MacLean, Platinum Blonde's former bassist, brutalizing the Canadian Anthem at Harbour Station during the 2006-07 season:

The Sea Dogs were forced to give a public apology after the incident.

"We've gotten absolutely inundated by calls and by e-mails," said one time Sea Dogs executive director Dave Turk to the CBC. "They were embarrassed. They were enraged by the treatment the national anthem got, and rightly so. I think the national anthem is a source of pride for most people in Saint John and getting that sort of treatment is not what we wanted to do."

"One of the [lines] is 'We stand on guard for thee.' Well, he said, 'We stand in line for thee,' " said Ann Comeau who attended the game. "One line, he left out about four words. Then he kind of hummed a bit to make up the missing space where he left the words out."

Judging by his entrance and the way he introduced himself, MacLean was in his own little world that night.

He died in 2008 with a heart problem.

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