Most patriotic moments in sports history: Honorable mentions

So at We Rite Goode, the 4th means a lot to us. It means "The Wire" marathon on DVD. It means catching up on phone calls to relatives. It means Go America!, and we really do mean that.

And with a few DC residents on the writing roster, the 4th also means WRG wants to play its own small part to fight for freedom, punish evil, etc.: Chronicle the most patriotic moments in (American) sports history.

Now, the Internet's a big place--we know that someone, somewhere has probably done this already and, most likely, better than we could hope to achieve. But with cursory searches turning up zilch, and with the whole "ignorance is bliss" motto that's informed WRG from the beginning, we plowed ahead.

So here's the scoop. We used a highly scientific process--i.e., e-mailed each other and asked a few friends--to determine which moments were truly patriotic versus which events inspired applications for Taliban membership. Frankly, some suggestions were exceptional and truly stirring, and those went right to the top 10 list. There were also a handful of moments that warranted mentioning; they may not inspire an America tattoo, but they usually came with a YouTube clip that made them easy to post. Enjoy, check back later for our Top 10 (and dishonorable) lists.

Most patriotic moments in sports history: Honorable mention

  • Michael Jordan's "What is Love" commercial. So many great Jordan ads--there's nothing Americans do better than commercials. But this end-of-career retrospective made me realize: There's only one superman, and he's ours.

  • (Update: Our final list of the top-10 moments can be found here, while the less-proud memories are shunted off here. Please let us know what we've missed.)

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    posted by Crucifictorious @ 03:30,


    At July 4, 2007 at 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You forgot the Miracle on Ice, which many sports fans, myself included, think is the most patriotic moment that we can remember.

    At July 4, 2007 at 8:06 AM, Blogger Crucifictorious said...

    Oh, we totally agree. It's included--just in another post, our top 10 of patriotic moments. Check out

    Warning though: Given our mess of coverage today, we absolve ourselves from any patriotic decisions made by readers (which may include getting tattoos of soaring eagles, registering for military service, or sending strongly worded letters to Hulk Hogan's guitar instructor.)

    At July 4, 2007 at 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    the dan versus dave video is a riot


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