No Dipping, Period

Olympics and politics, why are we always catching them canoodling in the back row of the theater? Just as the clothing flap is starting to die down (Chinese made uniforms with prissy French berets, maybe PETA is right, go naked next time) and the opening ceremonies fast approaching, we got one more thing to talk about:

The United States may break with a controversial tradition and dip its flag to Britain’s leaders at the opening ceremony for the London Olympics, U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Scott Blackmun said on Thursday.
“We’ve talked about that a little bit and you never know what is going to happen,” said Blackmun.
“We have traditions, Britain has traditions, everybody has traditions but we’re still talking internally but it is not an issue we see as a big issue.”
It may not be a big issue for the USOC but it is one that stirs the emotions of many Americans.

Dipping seems a bit subtle, if Obama had his way they would all be bowing {rimshot}

Look, our British brothers will understand, we don’t dip, nothing personal and if you want a reach around later we can talk about it, but the flag stays erect. You guys understand about tradition better then most (pip pip, God save the Queen, Cheerio, don’t be a wanker) and this is one of ours.

The new world order types will toss out charges of arrogance, ugly Americans thinking they are better, tut tut, that’s the way it is.

According to historians, the U.S. has not dipped the Stars and Stripes since 1908 when the Summer Games were first staged in London and shotputter Ralph Rose refused to lower the flag supposedly saying: “This flag dips for no earthly king.”

Probably more urban legion then fact but it does have a certain eqalitarian ring to it.

I’ll be watching tonight and I hope I’m not disappointed. And Mariel Zagunis is a great choice, she is awesome.

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  1. Kimpost

    According to historians,the U.S. has not dipped the Stars and Stripes since 1908 when the Summer Games were first staged in London and shotputter Ralph Rose refused to lower the flag supposedly saying: “This flag dips for no earthly king.”

    Ok.

    American flag-bearers dipped the Stars and Stripes in 1912 at Stockholm, in 1924 at Paris and in 1932 at Lake Placid and Los Angeles

    Ok?

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    So, out of all the Olympic games you can find only twice where protocol was not properly observed? I think you made the point for us.

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  3. Poosh

    I can safely say most Brits couldn’t give a sh*t.

    And I can safely say some (a lot no doubt) of us don’t give a sh*t about the Olympics, period.

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  4. Kimpost

    So, out of all the Olympic games you can find only twice where protocol was not properly observed? I think you made the point for us.

    Find? I wasn’t searching. The “find” came from the paragraph following the first in the initial article. The Reuter journalist might have been drunk…

    Anyway, we should know by now. Did you guys spit in the face of the Brits by refusing to dip, or did you dip and sell out your American souls?

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  5. Hal_10000

    I can safely say most Brits couldn’t give a sh*t.

    Generally, the Brits have been understanding about our thing with royalty. I seem to recall that when Schwarzkopf was honored by the Queen, he refused to kneel. She agreed to simply hand him the box with the honors in it.

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  6. richtaylor365 *

    Anyway, we should know by now.

    Damn taped delay, we on the west coast have to wait another 2 hours. My guess is that we dipped, on orders from you know who.

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  7. InsipiD

    Damn taped delay, we on the west coast have to wait another 2 hours. My guess is that we dipped, on orders from you know who.

    Nah, he’d only order it if it was being held in some nowhere backwater place. The UK is not a place that Obama panders to.

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  8. richtaylor365 *

    If we had changed our name to America, I could be in bed now. I see a lot of waving of flags but no dipping. I think we are safe.

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  9. Section8

    Anyway, we should know by now. Did you guys spit in the face of the Brits by refusing to dip, or did you dip and sell out your American souls?

    Is Kimpost behaving like a dick or is he just being a Swede?

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