Random Acts of REVERSE Patriotism (Or Man Up, Americans.)

Dear American Readers:  I have troubling news.

We LOST the Anthem Smackdown bet.


Now I know what you’re thinking:  “We hit the freaking goalpost on an empty net shot” and “Who knew the Bolshoy Ice Dome was hidden in the heart of Saskatchewan” ran straight through my hockey-addled mind and out my Cheese Doodlin’ mouth more than once in the past two days.

And like you, I’ve spent the past few hours racking my brains to figure out how we could lose BOTH the Men’s and Women’s games.  Could it have been the warm conditions on the alpine courses?  (Nope.  That was our skiing excuse).  How about the crappy judges in the Ice Dancing competition?  (Nope. They were on our side).  If ONLY we didn’t wear those Under Armor uniforms.  (We didn’t). Maybe the stray dogs kept our guys and gals up all night?  (Let’s not go there).

The simple truth is that we lost — and we lost bad.

So we have to start singing.  It’s the right thing to do.  And it’s the only way that we can redeem ourselves in the eyes of the ice-breathing lunatics that ARE Canadian hockey fans!

Here’s the plan:

 Either working alone or with partners of your choosing, record a video where you are singing the Canadian National Anthem.

Think about involving your kids — they really ARE cuter than you.  Also, think about putting your own twist on the singing.  Love to rap?  Then rap the anthem.  Classically trained in opera?  Get your Luciano on.  Play the kazoo like a king?  Drop it like it’s hot.  Don’t be afraid to have fun here.  Let’s make people smile.

Need a sample of what’s possible?  Here’s a video I recorded with my daughter today.  Believe me:  It was awesome.

Feel free to sing with each other, too. For example, I might get a Google Hangout together with Paul Cancellieri, Philip Cummings and Brett Clark simply because we are already in an Eddie Money cover band together.

We’re NOT going to try to get all 20 of us together to sing synchronously, though.  While that sounded like a good plan at first, I can’t imagine how hard it will be to find one time where everyone can gather given our schedules and our time zones.

When your video is done — and the deadline is Saturday March 1st — get it posted to YouTube and tagged #anthemsmackdown.  Also, drop the direct link to the video to me here in the comment section or through Twitter.

I will pull all the videos submitted into a YouTube playlist for the viewing pleasure of the crazy Canucks who have been blowing up my Twitterstream today clamoring for our digital blood.  If I can find the time, I’ll also pull several choice clips into one mashed-up bit of Canadian Anthem goodness.

Finally, whether you are Canadian or American, leave me a comment below if you’d be interested in attending a World Premiere Screening of our #anthemsmackdown mashup on Saturday, March 22nd at 3 PM EST in a Google Hangout.

If there are enough people who want to get together to have a bit of fun, I’ll set us up with a Hangout. To be honest, I’d love to spend a few minutes laughing at our anthem renditions, too!  It’s better than crying over the bad hockey.

Lemme know what y’all think,



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16 thoughts on “Random Acts of REVERSE Patriotism (Or Man Up, Americans.)

  1. John Evans

    Thanks Bill. Made my day! Only thing you could have done better was to wear your Winnipeg Jets jersey!

    The Harry Chapin karaoke was very cool too!



    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Thanks, John!

      I love singing to — and with — my girl! It’s the sweet, soft side of Dad. I want her to know it’s there…..

      Hope you’re well — and Go Jets Go!

      (Rooting for the Canes seems entirely pointless most of the time).


    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Wait a minute, Hatch: Am I an honorary Canadian or an honourary Canadian?

      Do us Americans not get the random U inserted in our words too?


      Thanks for the kind words on Reece. That video was a blast — and totally unexpected. What a joy.

      Rock on,

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author


      I think Canada would have tanked in the Bronze medal game too, Tom. In a sport like hockey where winning the Stanley Cup (read: coming in first) is all that really matters, I can’t imagine it’s easy to get up for a bronze medal game just a few short hours after losing in such a big game like US/Canada.

      Oh well, maybe next time.

      And thanks for the kind words on Reece. She’s beautiful, that’s for sure. And my whole world.

      Rock right on,

  2. Michelle Hiebert

    Bill, I was out presenting yesterday when the game was on and all I could think about after we won was “I wonder how awesome Bill’s O Canada will sound?” You nailed it and won the internet yesterday! Thanks for making the #anthemsmackdown so much fun! My session paricipants got a good giggle about our little bet and it really helped show how the SOCIAL part of social media makes our PLNs rock. Thank you for that! And yes, I’d love to be at the world premier of the anthem mashup.


    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Hey Michelle,

      That’s really the key, isn’t it? If we can’t have some fun in social spaces, our relationships end up feeling less personal — and when relationships feel less personal, they automatically become less powerful. As an example, the people who use Twitter just to pimp links or just to find content from others aren’t really building a learning network. They’re building an information stream. Those are two very different things.

      And while there’s a place for building information streams in our new learning ecology, we have to understand the differences between information streams and streams of information shared by people you know and care about.

      Any of this make sense?

      1. Michelle Hiebert

        That makes total sense, Bill. I would trust a link coming from someone whose personality I know and respect far more quickly than one from someone just posting a stream of links with no indication of who they are, what they stand for, or inkling if I would want to work on a project with them. My last principal who just retired knew how to have fun and demonstrated how to be a great educator with humour, wit and caring. I want that same kind of example from the people I have in my PLN on twitter.

        Thanks for being he kind of person I want to learn with and from. I hope I can be the same type of personality.


  3. Philip Cummings

    Reece definitely was the star in this video. (I enjoyed the jumping on the bed warm-up video, too.) I’m trying to convince my boys and Evelyn to sing and record with me, but I think only Evelyn will be willing. So, when’s the Google Hangout?

  4. Tia

    Hey Bill,

    I absolutely LOVED your video of you and your daughter! That was the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time and brought a HUGE smile to my face (and to the faces of my children).

    I look forward to being involved in your premiere screening! I have already put it in my calendar.


    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Thanks a ton, Tia! Glad that you dug our video. Reece blew me away, that’s for sure. I’m still smiling this morning and couldn’t be more thankful that I lost our bet.

      Here’s to hoping we get enough videos to have a screening. Counting on those Americans to come through, now. Might be interesting.

      I really want to get together with everyone to laugh for awhile.

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Thanks a ton, Valerie!

      I sure enjoyed writing the Smackdown posts. They were a creative release for me.

      Hope all y’all in #sd36learn nation are doing well. I miss you.

  5. Diana Williams

    Bill, you are one class act. I am beyond proud to call you a friend and will take you on in a bet anytime. What a great time was had by all :). The really great thing is we showed all those folks out there that we can have some good clean fun on the twitters and build community at the same time.

    I’m so there for the #anthemsmackdown premiere screening. Can’t wait to see the awesome you’re putting together. Sign me up!

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go practice my cheering for the big game tomorrow

    Give your adorable kid a hug from me,

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      I’m with you, Diana — My favorite part of the bet was the sense of fun it brought to our digital network.

      Those of us who have embraced digital networks as living, breathing spaces need to remember that we live and breathe beyond our work, too. That’s a lesson that @shareski talks about all the time. Networks are a lot more meaningful when they’re filled with people instead of just professionals.

      Rock right on,

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