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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Canadian Eyes Are Smiling

While Lady Suzanne and I listened to traditional Irish drinking and folks songs played by a group which included my brother-in-law, millions of you were watching TV.

Lady Suzanne and I went to the local "Irish Pub" (RiRa's) in Evansville Sunday to listen to music, eat lunch, and enjoy a couple of Guinness drafts.

So, what was so interesting on TV? Sunday's Men's Gold Medal hockey game drew the most U.S. hockey viewers in 30 years - drawing an average viewership of 27.6 million and getting a 15.2 rating. Not since the final of the Americans' 1980 Miracle On Ice run — when the United States secured gold against Finland after shocking Russia in the semifinal round — had so many viewed a hockey game on American television (that game lured 32.8 million).

And, according to, Sunday's game was carried in Canada on nine national networks and in eight languages and was the most-watched TV broadcast in the country's history. reported about 80 percent of Canada's population, or 26.5 million people, watched at least part of the game.

One viewer who thirstily watch the game was President Barack Obama. It seems that President Obama had made the friendly wager with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper before Sunday's U.S.-Canada gold medal game (Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Sidney Crosby's overtime goal).

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama had a case of Yuengling, a Pennsylvania regional brew, riding on the game. Harper wagered 24 bottles of Molson. The beer battle pitted Canada's oldest brewery against the oldest beer maker in the United States. Molson Canada is now a subsidiary of Molson Coors Brewing Co., a marriage of Molson and Denver-based Coors.

To paraphrase a popular Irish drinking song:

U.S.A., there's a tear in your eye,
And I'm wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With a team such as ours
Full of such Hockey stars
There's never a teardrop should fall.

When Canadian Hockey Fans eyes are smiling,
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Canadian hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Canadian eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.

For your smile (even a toothless hockey smile) is a part
Of the love in your heart,
And it makes even sunshine more bright.
Like the linnet's sweet song,
Crooning all the day long,
Comes your laughter and light.
For the springtime of life
Is the sweetest of all
There is ne'er a real care or regret;
And while springtime is ours
Throughout all of youth's hours,
Let us smile each chance we get -- even a hockey smile with half the teeth gone!

Sir Bowie "we'll get 'em in four years" of Greenbrair


  1. This made me so happy. We can't get Yuengling here, so when we go 'out east' it's usually the first thing we buy. (well, that and a box of Krimpets and a big slice of good pizza. My weight issues are making a little more sense now...) It's not the best beer in the world, but it's not the worst, and it tastes like home.

  2. Great song! Great game! Yuengling is a much better beer than Molson, but my favorite Pennsylvania brewery is in Harrisburg, PA...Troeggs.

    Lady T, you can get Troeggs at the Giant Eagles in Columbus. My favorite "Nugget Nektar"!

    Sir Hook the Nugget of Warrick

  3. Quite right Lady can't beat the taste of Home.:))

    Sir D...of home

  4. tastes of home...smells of home...sounds of home...oh the Irish part of me senses a big old sappy time coming on!

    memories are invaluable

    (hopefully not killing too many brain cells with the ales)

    Irish eyes are smiling today, enjoying the song playing in my mind - good one Sir B!

    Lady Suz, with the Coffeys from Ireland in the family Canadians that I know of...