Move over, Dallas Cowboys. The San Antonio Spurs are now “America’s Team.” At least they should be, according to Slate’s Matthew Yglesias.
According to Yglesias, the Spurs manner of play embodies everything that America thinks it is. Hardworking, humble, and resilient:
America—at least in its own imagination—stands for certain things. For the idea that hard work and sound judgment bring success, and that success deserves celebration. That winners should be celebrated as long as they play by the rules. That teamwork, leadership, loyalty, and excellence all count for something. And that’s why the San Antonio Spurs, currently riding a stupendous run of 19 straight victories, are America’s favorite professional basketball team.
Everyone — even the haters — can agree that for the Spurs, the team comes first. If that’s the case, and if they truly embody American ideals, why is it that people love to cheer for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, or the Orlando Magic: teams whose main focus is keeping their superstars happy at all costs (in the case of the Magic, Dwight Howard got his coach fired)? If the Spurs are truly America’s Team, why do so many people root against them?
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