Sport: One Last U.S. Victory Lap

While the finances were calculated, the athletes were celebrated

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. —Samuel Johnson Maybe the entire country is awash with scoundrels.

If not, some delirious need to wave American flags has surfaced, fanning a passion previously associated with burning them. The sentimental tears and cheers of the pre-Olympic torch run turned into unembarrassed howls and shrieks last week for U.S. medalists taking a transcontinental victory lap from Los Angeles to Washington to New York to Disney World to Dallas. "I thought they'd be bored with us by now,"...

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