There is no excuse for the disrespect being shown by sports fans over the last three weeks.
However, this point
does need to be addressed.
The only time that I can recall any hoopla over the Canadian flag being inverted was a couple of years ago when an honor guard marched out to an event. I remember great wailing and gnashing of teeth over the “typical” American disrespect for our Canadian neighbors. However, the honor guard had been handed cased colors and told to uncase and march at a specific moment (to make an impression for the TV cameras), so they were not given the opportunity to examine the flags before they began marching. It was surely a stupid error on someone’s part, but it was hardly a matter of a “bunch of Yanks” dishonoring the Canadian flag.
(Of course, some smart-ass went back through archival footage of a then-recent presidential visit to Canada and found two separate shots–in one the U.S. flag had been inverted (and the U.S. had not gone off crying about it for days); in the other, a walkway was flanked by a dozen Canadian flags, and one of them had been flying inverted.)
Mistakes happen. They really should not be compared to deliberate rudeness.