Watch: A Beautiful Salute To American Values

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If you need a reminder this July 4 about what America means to many people across this great nation and this great land, look no further.

This particular example of patriotism linked below takes us back to the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Bronze medalist pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was halfway through his attempt, but when he heard The Star-Spangled Banner, he stopped on a dime, put down his pole, turned to the sound of the music, and stood stock still at attention.

Such behavior should not be a surprise, considering Hendricks was a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve at the time.

It is indeed appropriate that we commend the likes of Lt. Hendricks on the anniversary of the birth of our great nation. And it also appropriate that we hope that there will be more expressions of love during the Tokyo Olympics, as opposed to hate. Sure, fans won’t be able to cheer because of COVID, and athletes won’t be allowed to show how much they hate their own countries, but perhaps there will be a little room for people to show respect for each other. We can only hope.

We’ll see how it all turns out. Only a few weeks to go.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. “and athletes won’t be allowed to show how much they hate their own countries.”

    The only country with citizens conditioned to self-hate is the USA. Thank you progressives (aka, communists), media, big tech, Hollywood, and our thoroughly corrupted education system.

    • I gotta agree.

      I’ve long since (all the way back to Kapernick) loathed the mediocre “wanna-be” who didn’t quite have the talent (or dedication) to reach the fame they so lusted for, so they decided to settle for glorious infamy. To me, it seems that if one’s greatest lust is “Fame” then “famous” or “infamous” are equal shots of the same drug to their broken soul.

      We should all say a little prayer for her. We shouldn’t be angry with her, he should pity her. I find a lesson here that I recognize: I, too, have failings and I should do my best to hide them and work everyday to fix them – not put them on display for all the world to see.

      • Dude you are on it today Johnnycatt! It is all about increasing brand awareness. The brand that sells on social media is speaking lies about the USA. Before the “protest” by the hammer throw lady no one knew her name, no one cared about women’s hammer throw, and now the lady has been in the news for a week and increased her followers on social media to the Nth degree. That is what all of this is about. If you haven’t already read Whitlock’s article on The Blaze from last week about how Black Twitter is the new crack epidemic. So spot on.

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