What makes Americans special, and better than those unfortunate foreigners? So many things, but a few stand out as core values. Lots of guns? Maybe. Fox News and talk radio, a blessed deluge of ignorance and spite that makes Iranian mullahs and Berlusconi tear their hair in envy? And don’t forget our God-given right to drive anywhere alone with gas cheaper than whatever it’s selling for now, without stoplights along the way, and to park free when we get there: salvation by lane-miles!
All good, but the queen of American values is the character, decency, teamwork, and sportsmanship package that only football can encompass. I am so proud that my school is part of the big-time college sports system where these fine young men and their moral guides and mentors learned their values. Eat your heart out, world soccer fans, game after game all season long without a single decent hit: we have football and you don’t deserve it; deal with it.
[Update 3/III: I’m trying to remember, what was it, besides apple pie, that’s as American as apple pie? ]