When I was in grad school, there was a guy who worked in my lab who was from Italy, and another guy in my lab was from Greece. These guys were capable, but by no means were they superior students. But they reeked of arrogance, and I could not comprehend the source of their overabundant self love. One day, I took them out for a couple beers, figuring I would try to get a better understanding of their exaggerated self confidence, and try to let them know how it was a hindrance to their ability to be productive collaborators. After a couple pitchers, we started to discuss history, and the Italian and the Greek became consumed by the debate of who had the more impressive civilization, the ancient Greeks or the Holy Roman Empire. They battled it out, and could come to no conclusion, but then they turned on me, and started belittling the United States of America.
As is my custom (see my screen name), I answered them by quoting Animal House, the greatest movie of all time. “I’m not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!”, and I walked out while humming the Star Spangled Banner.
Listening to Cowboys (Holy Roman Empire), Giants (British Empire), and *gag* even Redskins (ancient Greeks) fans brag about their Super Bowl victories reminds me of those tools arguing about successful ancient civilizations, while speaking ill of the current dominant culture. Yeah, it’s nice that your team was successful once upon a time, and you should be proud of your history, but we are taking over now. Suppress your jealousy and behold the dominance of the Philadelphia Eagles!