You can blame it on whatever you want: 9/11, the heavily jingoistic wing of the Republican Party, or just basic national pride, or whatever, but if there’s one inescapable fact about America, it’s that we’re heavily protective of our symbols - especially the Stars and Stripes herself*, to the point that there are several laws and regulations about how to display, care for, dispose of, touch, and, um, stare at** the flag.
So it’s with great pride that the Washington Redskins have begun a pregame tradition of the last player to leave the tunnel bringing an American flag with him to the 50-yard-line. That’ll get the fans fired up, right? Even if the ‘Skins are 0-16 and their fans are surly, certainly we can all cheer for America, right?
Wait, here it comes now, carried by fullback Mike Sellers! Neat! Hooray! And now he’s… oh no. Ohhh dear. Did he just… spike the flag?