In case there was ever any doubt:
One of the greatest pennant races in the history of the Olympics is a done deal, with two days left on the schedule. It turns out the women’s water polo team, or maybe boxer Claressa Shields, was America’s Bucky Dent.
Either way, by the time the U.S. women set a world record in the 4×100 relay on Friday night, the U.S. had its 41st gold medal and an insurmountable lead. China choked again, one last time, blowing the synchronized swimming team title to Russia. Too much sink, not enough sync.
The U.S. will win the London Olympics, topping the medals table here no matter how the standings are manipulated. We swam like marlins, vaulted like antelopes, ran nearly as fast as ostriches who are actually quicker than Usain Bolt.
You can get an updated medal count here.
But you have to love the AFP for trying to cut us down to size, twice referring to our basketball team as “millionaires”, first here:
Kevin Durant scored 19 points while Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James added 18 each to lead the US multi-millionaires into a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Olympic final they won 118-107 over a similar Spanish squad full of NBA talent.
And again later:
The US NBA multi-millionaires had defeated Argentina 126-97 in a preliminary group match four days earlier, a physical contest in which Anthony was hit in the groin while shooting by Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo.
To which I would reply, if I were to stoop to that level,
“Suck it, AFP. USA! USA! USA!”
But if I did, that would be jingoistic, emblematic of American exceptionalism and likely a display of imperialist triumphalism.
You bet your ass it is.
What should be noted as remarkable is not that we are the best, it is that America has a free enterprise system where grown men can take advantage of their hard work and God given athletic talent to make millions of dollars playing a game.