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Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

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Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

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"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford.

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Does a citizen of any country, not just the good ole U.S. of A., have an obligation to support its national teams? For goodness sake, it's just a game, not Horatius at the Bridge standing between us and national defeat.

The fact is, too, that because the U.S. is so powerful, our team is usually the favorite, and, hey, it's natural to root for the underdog. Somehow I don't think it makes you a traitor if, say, you take a liking to somebody like itsy-bitsy Lithuania when it battles our juggernaut of NBA all-stars in international basketball competition. After all it's not the Nationalism Broadcasting Company that brings us the Olympics.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.