Beer-Wielding Olympian Became an Outstanding Meme During a Hockey Game
The US women's hockey team won gold Wednesday night for the first time since 1998, the first year women's hockey was an Olympic sport. The relationship between the US and Canadian women's teams is intense, full of alternating international victories, which have skewed more toward the US in recent years with the notable exception of Olympic gold.
Early in the game, Canadian fans felt the US got a couple soft calls from the refs. (Though, it certainly evened out later in the game with a questionable OT penalty called against the US's Megan Keller and a flagrant non-call when Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin made head contact with US forward Brianna Decker.) But as the early parade of power plays for the US was going, one gold medal-winning Canadian ice dancer made his opinion very clear.
The CBC gave Scott Moir some airtime, and he was seen hanging out with a beer and yelling at refs, like a good Canadian hockey fan. He pretty much instantly became a meme/everyone's favorite hockey fan. (Maybe everyone except Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan, who gave Moir some serious side-eye while Moir was yelling.)
Scott Moir is half cut, drinking beer, clad in Canadian colours, yelling at the refs. This should be one of those Canadian Heritage Moments.— Keith Baldrey (@keithbaldrey) February 22, 2018
Oh my god Scott Moir holding a beer screaming at the refs I love Canada I feel this country in my bones— Jonny Wakefield (@jonnywakefield) February 22, 2018
Honest question: has Scott Moir rallied a country more as an ice dance gold medallist or as a beer-drinking hockey fan who wants some justice from the refs?— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) February 22, 2018
I'll hang up and listen.
In twenty years there will be a five dollar bill dedicated to Moir/Virtue’s 2018 Olympics and one of the scenes depicted on the back will be him screaming at the ref.— dellowhockey (@dellowhockey) February 22, 2018
scott moir related requests:— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) February 22, 2018
1) can we immediately get a camera on him the rest of the game and have that as a second viewing option
2) can someone ask him his true feelings towards tessa and maybe have a tape recorder going
The broadcast in the US probably would have benefited from getting Moir on-screen. He was an outstanding cutaway throughout the game with extravagant emotional displays and some friendly offers of beer for his fellow fans.
Scott Moir is literally giving people beer at this Gold Medal game. A proper Canadian boy.— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) February 22, 2018
Hopefully, Moir is hanging out in the stands for the Canadian men's team's semifinal match against Germany. It'd be a virtue to get more Moir in the broadcast.
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