Has this flag thing gone way too far in the US? In this pic Navy celebrates its victory over Notre Dame, its first in 44 years, with a spectacle that seems to imply: our patriotism beat your patriotism.
In the American game of football, played in the US in front of Americans, and televised to Americans across the vast lands of America everyone of the field has an American flag afixed to his helmet or shoulder. What is this supposed to signify? Really. What?
It makes some sense at International events but none at domestic events. None. As in absolutely none. As in, no more sense than a flag on your lapel.
Regrettably, Canada is joining this senseless stupidity by putting Canadian flags on the helmet of mainly American players. Doubly stupid?
Overt patriotism, like nationalism, is an evil: it limits understanding and empathy of and for anything outside the sacrosanct borders. The American fetish for flag-pride is nothing short of jingoism.