WHY SOME AMERICANS CHEERED AGAINST THEIR OWN ATHLETES
By David Hopkins
If there was ever a unique cultural phenomenon that occurred during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics it came with the reactions of many Americans toward the country’s athletes who competed on Team USA. For decades, Americans watching the Games at home and abroad collectively let their ardent patriotism and support run wild whether it was a Winter of Summer Olympiad, no matter where the Games were held. The Talk of the Town for two weeks running was wrapped up in enthusiastic banter about how well our Star-Spangled athletes were performing along with finger-pointing to the daily rising medal count that supported it. Americans glued to their TV sets were intransigently delighted and proud to display their boisterous support for the athletes that made up Team USA.
But that wasn’t the case for the Tokyo Olympics. Not by a longshot. Rather than resounding support, Americans tuned out the Games in record numbers. Many who once watched the Games with passion from start to finish joined in a huge nationwide boycott that saw TV ratings plunge to historic lows. NBC, which aired the Games, couldn’t sell its advertising spots. The suddenly not-so-proud Peacock Network couldn’t even GIVE the spots away.
Social media and many sportswriters around the country seemed flabbergasted that so many Americans were not only disinterested in the Olympics, they were actually rooting against Team USA in many cases, particularly the much-ballyhooed Women’s Soccer Team with its collection of in-your-face Kneelers led by a purple-headed antagonist by the name of Megan Rapinoe. When the USA women lost 1-0 to eventual Gold Medal Winner Canada in a Team Play match and eliminated them from any chance at Gold, the internet lit up with effusive congratulations to the Canadian women from celebrating Americans everywhere. Mainstream sports writers and social media darlings were absolutely flummoxed by the huge outpouring of support for our Northern Neighbors and conquerors of the famous favored Americans. How, they asked, could fellow Americans pull against this vaunted soccer team? These renown champions of the Pitch? Oh, they had their theories of course—- the predictable ones we shall address in a moment—– but those were far off the mark as being a product of typical delusional Liberal thinking.
I’m here now to shed some light on the confusion that has so many sportswriters and social media pundits shaking their heads in a tizzy.
It’s pretty simple really. Americans are sick and tired of pampered Woke athletes brazenly disrespecting our country before a World audience, particularly when the athletes have no true perspective about the reasons they act so………..ignominious. It is primarily due to the smarmy antics of an clueless America-hater who uses her platform as an international athlete to openly display contempt for a country while at the same time monetizing her celebrity with good old fashion American capitalism, namely, peddling sandwiches for Subway and some say modeling Victoria’s Secret garb, although I could not imagine someone so repulsive running around in a skimpy nightie.
Anyway, when a Woke disrespectful athlete like Megan Rapinoe publicly ridicules her home country while soldiers die for her freedom and while she lives large off its wide array of benefits, she calls every American a sucker. She dishonors men and women and children of all ages, all genders, all nationalities, all who work hard to make a decent life for themselves and their families. All who do not have the privilege to PLAY sports on a daily basis. Rapinoe and her equally-misguided soccer teammates do not seem to be able to grasp the simple concept of nationalistic pride nor do they understand who butters their Woke bread. They spend more time on their knees trying to make a lame stab at a social justice message than up on two feet stopping the opposing players from scoring goals that put them out of the Gold Medal Game.
The long and short of it is that Megan Rapinoe and other Team USA athletes of her ilk are despicable hypocritical human beings with absolutely no honor or no fealty for a country that provides them with near unlimited resources to pursue a lifestyle replete with benefits no other country on Earth can offer. There is no other way to put it—-they are a disgrace. To see the arrogant preening Rapinoe and her teammates return to the USA humbled and humiliated with no Gold Medal (they thought they were a shoo-in for), is something to wildly celebrate among men and women of the USA, those who understand there is far more virtue in honoring one’s country than the self-fulfilling gratification of a shiny medal. Maybe one day Rapinoe and her cloying acolytes will get it, although it doesn’t seem likely.
And let’s dispel a nasty little allegation being pushed mainly by Liberal writers from CNN and Yahoo Sports concerning those who cheered against Woke USA athletes at the Olympics. These journalists are claiming that we who celebrated the competitive shortcomings of Team USA women’s soccer are all from the ranks of the Republican/MAGA Clan. (Or “Klan” as they would have you believe) This, however, is a lie, and a big one. The truth is that plenty of Democrats joined in the denunciation of Team USA’s kneeling escapades and tuned out the Games just as much as did their Republican counterparts. Shocking as it is to these vagabond Liberals who feel they speak for all, there are still good Americans in both political parties who regard Patriotism as a virtue, who revel in it, and who chose to put Megan Rapinoe and other disrespectful athletes on notice that there is still unity afloat for our Flag and Anthem despite their efforts to push it out of existence. The loud nationwide denunciation of Rapinoe by Americans is testament to that.
Finally, we should note here that our own President, Joe Biden, made a public comment after the Olympics that Megan Rapinoe represents “the best of what America stands for”. Is that so, Joe? Seriously? I’m pretty sure that those American soldiers that you allowed to be slaughtered over in Afghanistan were standing when the terrorist bombs hit. Some Americans are still standing over there, still stranded, still in mortal fear as they desperately try to get out of that country. If this is not a perfect indication of how out of touch this bumbling incompetent President is then we, as a country, are truly in desperate trouble.