Patriotism is a real interesting thing. It can make you angry and it can make you smile. It can make you scream and it can also cause you to be perfectly still. But with all those emotions, it certainly does bring everyone together.
Seeing the men's and women's U.S. Olympic basketball teams in town recently conjured up why it is great to be an American sports fan. I have been going to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., to cover a number of events and next to the George Mason game that took them to the Final Four, I have never seen that building so electric. President Obama and his family added to the hype, but to see the collection of talent all wearing the same jersey was beyond cool.
The President kissing the First Lady on Kiss Cam was a big crowd pleaser, but so were all the video shots of uniformed service people attending the game. They witnessed Kevin Durant rebound the ball and push it up to Chris Paul, who kicked out a pass to Kobe Bryant, who in turn whipped an assist inside to a streaking LeBron James - all without the ball touch the floor.
Basketball is what this country does well and despite all the debates on the 2012 team against the 1992 Dream Team, it is going to be fun to see this collection of talent. I, for one, would love to see one of the current players pull off what Vince Carter did in the 2000 Sydney games when he jumped over 7-foot-2 Frederic Wiess from France. I certainly hope this isn't the last go-around and USA Basketball can continue to send the professionals to the Olympics.
As the London games approach, what U.S. event, team or individual are you looking forward to seeing the most and why?