America is still No. 1
I was born with a bit of a redneck side. It’s what happens when you’re from Oklahoma.
It doesn’t mean I sit on my porch playing “Dueling Banjos,” camp out for NASCAR events or even talk funny. What it does mean is that I’ll eat just about anything fried, go black while you “Go Green” and, most importantly, I’m patriotic as all get-out.
That’s not saying I have a problem with other countries — I’ve been to a few, and some are great — but to think for a moment that one of them is better than the United States is downright insane.
Commercials air on my TV at night about how the U.S. ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math — which are all true, according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment. But what I want to know is where is the advertisement that says, “sure, our public school systems might not be providing the best education, but in athletics, we still whoop everyone’s rear end?”
The 2012 London Olympics are here, and this is the greatest time in all of sports...For the next few weeks we, as Americans, get to showcase why we’re still the best country in the world.
We have Olympic records in men’s 400 meters, 400 hurdles, 4x400 relay, high jump, long jump and triple jump. We also have Olympic records in women’s 100 meters, 200 meters, 100 hurdles, long jump and heptathlon.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh can’t lose in beach volleyball; basketball has rolled since the addition of professional players; and softball, one of my favorite sports, was completely dropped from the Olympics this summer because the U.S. was so dominant. The only countries with any excuse to compete were Australia and Japan.
Obviously, there are more important things out there...