Guys, cut the shit. On both sides.
This has nothing to do with who saved who's butt in WWII
, who's jealous of whom, or who is the biggest arse.
It has to do with athletes acting like pompous idiots. And this goes for athletes from any country.
What strikes me in recent games, in regards to this, is the US mens 4 x 100m (or 4 x 400m) relay team winning the gold.
Yes, they did their victory run, yes, they draped themselves in the US flag. All well and good -- all athletes should do this.
But what distinguished these guys from other athletes, is the pompous frat-boy playing to the cameras which they partook in. It made them look ridiculous.
It instantly gave people a negative opinion of these guys -- and because they were covered in the American flag it was all too easy for people to associate this with all Americans.
Not exactly the type of image Americans should want -- although I know there are many Americans who would encourage such arrogant public displays.
Oh and Jcs17, you talk about Euro-bitching. Well, let me tell you, the Americans bitch just as much, if not more, than the Euros. In one of the baseball games at Sydney the US was playing another country (can't remember now which country), and the majority Australian crowd was barracking for the other team. Several US reporters wrote opinion pieces on this, and basically wrote the same rubbish that you wrote -- i.e. we should be supporting the US because, apparently (it isn't proven), the Americans saved our arses during World War II
. It's a totally pathetic argument to make, particularly, as it is the Aussie pasttime to support the underdog -- if it was the US who was the underdog, they would have found the crowd barracking for them. Furthermore, these reporters also made the same stupid comments as yourself, in equating this baseball crowd to the Australian population in general. In fact, this is precisely the same attitude which you portray when you talk about Europeans. It is no different.
[Edited 2004-05-18 04:36:17]