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(The Blaze)   Class act Usain Bolt drops everything to honor U.S. National Anthem   (theblaze.com) divider line 57
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2012-08-07 10:53:18 AM  
Unexpected. Good on him.
 
2012-08-07 10:55:43 AM  
Comments take the gold in derp.
 
2012-08-07 10:56:27 AM  
Track and field's biggest peacock interrupted his showboating and did something respectful? Wow, color me shocked.
 
2012-08-07 10:59:55 AM  
I would hope that any competitor would do the same, for any country.
 
2012-08-07 10:59:55 AM  

SlodaMan: Unexpected. Good on him.


Indeed. I wonder if that sign of respect is customary among all athletes to other nations.
 
2012-08-07 11:00:19 AM  
U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
 
2012-08-07 11:01:52 AM  
"So cool," writes Townhall.com's Kate Hicks.

I wonder if Townhall.com's Kate HIcks knows Usain Bolt is blah?
 
2012-08-07 11:02:41 AM  

RsquaredW: I would hope that any competitor would do the same, for any country.


Yeah, it's too bad that in this day and age we have to praise these things when they should be expected.

Not saying anything bad about Bolt, just hating on people in general....
 
2012-08-07 11:03:06 AM  

RsquaredW: I would hope that any competitor would do the same, for any country.


well except the soviets, china, cuba, or best korea. fark those guys, iamright?
 
2012-08-07 11:04:40 AM  

Orgasmatron138: RsquaredW: I would hope that any competitor would do the same, for any country.

Yeah, it's too bad that in this day and age we have to praise these things when they should be expected.

Not saying anything bad about Bolt, just hating on people in general....


/Chris Rock agree's
 
2012-08-07 11:05:19 AM  
If he really respected america he would have slowed down to let an american win. Why does the world hate america so much that they won't let us win all the medals?
 
2012-08-07 11:07:31 AM  

MisterLoki: Comments take the gold in derp.


'Can we trade some American hating liberals for this guy?'

'What are we honoring? Communist America? Our Constitution? Our Founding Fathers? It all sounds so hypocritical to me. America is a joke. Nothing but a socialist country out to steal from their own people.'

'Great job Mr. Bolt !
Maybe our marxist muslin in chief, barry boy, will learn some respect for our American traditions.
Seems like the Jamaican Mr. Bolt can teach our indonesian barry sorento a few tricks on how to respect our own country.'

/sigh
 
2012-08-07 11:08:06 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: If he really respected america he would have slowed down to let an american win. Why does the world hate america so much that they won't let us win all the medals?


no, if he really respected america he would have moved to the states prior to 2008 and applied for citizenship. it works for our long distance running medals, so why not for the sprints too?
 
2012-08-07 11:09:02 AM  

RsquaredW: I would hope that any competitor would do the same, for any country.


I would hope the Americans in the arena showed him the same respect during his ceremony.
 
2012-08-07 11:13:17 AM  
Richards-Ross looks so ecstatically happy... damn! That gold medal thing, is something, isn't it?
 
2012-08-07 11:14:43 AM  
I wounder what the Townhall.com response would be if an American athlete halted an interview for a medal ceremony for Russia or Kenya (or some other "enemy state" according to Townhall).

It's nice that Usain did this, as a matter of respect to a fellow athlete...the sad part is that Townhall is only excited about this because of AMERICA! AMERICA! AMERICA! USA!
 
2012-08-07 11:22:48 AM  

A Fark Handle: Dead for Tax Reasons: If he really respected america he would have slowed down to let an american win. Why does the world hate america so much that they won't let us win all the medals?

no, if he really respected america he would have moved to the states prior to 2008 and applied for citizenship. it works for our long distance running medals, so why not for the sprints too?


I think only one distance running on the US team did not graduate from high school in the US.
 
2012-08-07 11:25:54 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: RsquaredW: I would hope that any competitor would do the same, for any country.

I would hope the Americans in the arena showed him the same respect during his ceremony.


Well that would be un-American. We're supposed to drape ourselves head to toe in the stars n' stripes and hoot and holler our exceptionalism at ever turn, or we'll become traitors like Gabby Douglas. Why do you hate America?
 
2012-08-07 11:39:17 AM  

snowshovel: I wounder what the Townhall.com response would be if an American athlete halted an interview for a medal ceremony for Russia or Kenya (or some other "enemy state" according to Townhall).

It's nice that Usain did this, as a matter of respect to a fellow athlete...the sad part is that Townhall is only excited about this because of AMERICA! AMERICA! AMERICA! USA!


Well, in fairness, part of this is because they are trying to help Bolt's image, since he's got the reputation of being a bit of an arrogant showboat ass.
 
2012-08-07 11:53:47 AM  
I'm ashamed to say I wouldn't know the Jamaican National Anthem if I heard it. I can only assume it's "No Woman, No Cry."
 
2012-08-07 12:08:33 PM  

brap: I'm ashamed to say I wouldn't know the Jamaican National Anthem if I heard it. I can only assume it's "No Woman, No Cry."


no one is saying you're wrong...
 
2012-08-07 12:09:41 PM  
Richards-Ross is a Jamaican born American citizen. I don't think this has anything to do with him being classy but more about her also being from Jamaica.

/her wiki says so
 
2012-08-07 12:09:52 PM  

brap: I'm ashamed to say I wouldn't know the Jamaican National Anthem if I heard it. I can only assume it's "No Woman, No Cry."


(My Boy) "Lollipop" by Millie Small?

Actually, it's "Jamaica, Land We Love":

Link
 
2012-08-07 12:20:13 PM  
That's awesome. I can only hope some of our athletes would offer the same courtesy
 
2012-08-07 12:39:50 PM  

snowshovel: I wounder what the Townhall.com response would be if an American athlete halted an interview for a medal ceremony for Russia or Kenya (or some other "enemy state" according to Townhall).


Are there ANY countries which don't count as enemies according to them?
 
2012-08-07 12:41:42 PM  

tortilla burger: That's awesome. I can only hope some of our athletes would offer the same courtesy


dy.snimg.com
 
2012-08-07 12:55:38 PM  

cleveoh: brap: I'm ashamed to say I wouldn't know the Jamaican National Anthem if I heard it. I can only assume it's "No Woman, No Cry."

(My Boy) "Lollipop" by Millie Small?

Actually, it's "Jamaica, Land We Love":

Link


Sounds oddly like the disney theme song.

Also, hell no he is not a class act. His showboating and dancing after the 100 were ridiculous. The guy who won the 400m is the definition of class act.
 
2012-08-07 01:05:08 PM  

thecpt: Also, hell no he is not a class act. His showboating and dancing after the 100 were ridiculous.


You have obviously not watched a track and field event before.
 
2012-08-07 01:41:23 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: thecpt: Also, hell no he is not a class act. His showboating and dancing after the 100 were ridiculous.

You have obviously not watched a track and field event before.


I may have possibly been to a shiat ton. What he was doing was worse than NFL receivers before it was a 15 yard penalty. Surprised he didn't have someone waiting with popcorn in the stands.
 
2012-08-07 01:44:02 PM  
Is the atmosphere of the Olympics such that reporters actually attempt to conduct interviews during ANY medal presentations / national anthems?

If so ... Wow. Shame on everyone.
 
2012-08-07 01:52:09 PM  

thecpt:
I may have possibly been to a shiat ton. What he was doing was worse than NFL receivers before it was a 15 yard penalty. Surprised he didn't have someone waiting with popcorn in the stands.


Really? What I saw was nothing different than we've seen after most of these races. And more tame than some we've seen in the past.
 
2012-08-07 01:56:53 PM  

thecpt: I may have possibly been to a shiat ton. What he was doing was worse than NFL receivers before it was a 15 yard penalty. Surprised he didn't have someone waiting with popcorn in the stands.


Shiat, you mean he was doing the dastardly Ickey Shuffle?

He must be stopped.
 
2012-08-07 02:24:30 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: thecpt: Also, hell no he is not a class act. His showboating and dancing after the 100 were ridiculous.

You have obviously not watched a track and field event before.


I've never understood that "act like you've been there before" mantra for EVERYTHING. I get it for the regular touhdown or a QB sack, but for the Gold Medal race?

As a competitor I'd RATHER the dude act like he just accomplished a huge feat. If he beats me and then acts like he expected to do so I'd be kind of pissed off that he took my challenge so lightly. Dude pose, put on a flag, run around the stadium, whatever, you just won a Gold Medal.
 
2012-08-07 02:24:51 PM  
Is anyone going to point out that it was basically the end of the anthem?
 
2012-08-07 02:26:54 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: I get it for the regular touhdown or a QB sack, but for the Gold Medal race?


Sh*t, even those, the average player is going to get maybe 6/year, with the potential that each one is their last.

Now, a tackle for a three-yard gain on second-and-5, three minutes into the game? Okay, that's kinda ridiculous.
 
2012-08-07 02:30:05 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: thecpt: Also, hell no he is not a class act. His showboating and dancing after the 100 were ridiculous.

You have obviously not watched a track and field event before.

I've never understood that "act like you've been there before" mantra for EVERYTHING. I get it for the regular touhdown or a QB sack, but for the Gold Medal race?

As a competitor I'd RATHER the dude act like he just accomplished a huge feat. If he beats me and then acts like he expected to do so I'd be kind of pissed off that he took my challenge so lightly. Dude pose, put on a flag, run around the stadium, whatever, you just won a Gold Medal.


I am 100% with you. You're a DB who just watched a pass sail over the receiver's head? No dancing. You just caught a 4-yard pass for a first down? No dancing. You just won a sports championship or a gold medal in ANY Olympic sport? Celebrate like a mo-fo, no apologies needed.
 
2012-08-07 02:33:26 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: I've never understood that "act like you've been there before" mantra for EVERYTHING. I get it for the regular touhdown or a QB sack, but for the Gold Medal race?

As a competitor I'd RATHER the dude act like he just accomplished a huge feat. If he beats me and then acts like he expected to do so I'd be kind of pissed off that he took my challenge so lightly. Dude pose, put on a flag, run around the stadium, whatever, you just won a Gold Medal.


Okay maybe our opinions on international, well intentioned competition differ greatly. Didn't know the NFL was the role model for sportsmanship.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: thecpt:
I may have possibly been to a shiat ton. What he was doing was worse than NFL receivers before it was a 15 yard penalty. Surprised he didn't have someone waiting with popcorn in the stands.

Really? What I saw was nothing different than we've seen after most of these races. And more tame than some we've seen in the past.


I don't know how I feel about that celebration. Depends on what meet it was at (couldn't tell from video). Thats funny and entertaining, and if it was a charity or sponsorship meet I'm okay with it. But the Olympics should be held to a different standard. And yeah an athlete going nuts for his country is cool, but Bolt went way too far. Didnt congratulate anyone and paraded around like a self-indulgent jackass.
 
2012-08-07 02:34:33 PM  

ryandee: Is anyone going to point out that it was basically the end of the anthem?


The video was edited.
 
2012-08-07 02:50:01 PM  

Mr Guy:

Well, in fairness, part of this is because they are trying to help Bolt's image, since he's got the reputation of being a bit of an arrogant showboat ass.


I've always got a bit of an Ochocinco vibe from him...he's playing around, having a good time, but not really being arrogant about it. He's young, he's the best in the world at what he does, and he's world-famous because of it. Why not enjoy it?
 
2012-08-07 03:06:08 PM  
In related news, Usain Bolt is smart enough to know that his endoresement checks are paid in US dolllars by companies that sell goods in the US.
 
2012-08-07 03:22:17 PM  

Hardy-r-r: SlodaMan: Unexpected. Good on him.

Indeed. I wonder if that sign of respect is customary among all athletes to other nations.


I was floored last night to find that, during the men's vault and rings, it appeared that everyone involved was rooting for ... everyone involved; and it didn't look contrived.

I'm not saying that most people wouldn't be happy for a peer who does something wonderful, but I would be happy for them later ... I'd be crestfallen at the moment. Guess that's why they are the best and I am here typing, lol.
 
2012-08-07 03:29:12 PM  

wxboy: snowshovel: I wounder what the Townhall.com response would be if an American athlete halted an interview for a medal ceremony for Russia or Kenya (or some other "enemy state" according to Townhall).

Are there ANY countries which don't count as enemies according to them?


Singapore, Columbia, and Bahrain maybe?
 
2012-08-07 03:30:42 PM  

lecavalier: I was floored last night to find that, during the men's vault and rings, it appeared that everyone involved was rooting for ... everyone involved; and it didn't look contrived.


The US male for vault after being knocked out of medal contention: 'I can't wait to see this next guy.' Then hugs him upon a gold effort completion.
 
2012-08-07 03:31:51 PM  

Kurohone: Mr Guy:

Well, in fairness, part of this is because they are trying to help Bolt's image, since he's got the reputation of being a bit of an arrogant showboat ass.

I've always got a bit of an Ochocinco vibe from him...he's playing around, having a good time, but not really being arrogant about it. He's young, he's the best in the world at what he does, and he's world-famous because of it. Why not enjoy it?


Possibly, but like Ochocinco, it's kind of obvious his teammates are tired of his celebrating. Check out the look on the face of the silver medal Jamaican, while he's wearily and irritatedly following Bolt around trying to get a dang picture with him after the 100m.
 
2012-08-07 03:33:02 PM  

thecpt: Didnt congratulate anyone and paraded around like a self-indulgent jackass.


I'm pretty sure I saw him congratulate both Gatlin and Blake, the latter of whom he then went with to the Jamaican congregation to celebrate. Something that I saw most winners do.
 
2012-08-07 03:40:26 PM  

Mr Guy: Kurohone: Mr Guy:

Well, in fairness, part of this is because they are trying to help Bolt's image, since he's got the reputation of being a bit of an arrogant showboat ass.

I've always got a bit of an Ochocinco vibe from him...he's playing around, having a good time, but not really being arrogant about it. He's young, he's the best in the world at what he does, and he's world-famous because of it. Why not enjoy it?

Possibly, but like Ochocinco, it's kind of obvious his teammates are tired of his celebrating. Check out the look on the face of the silver medal Jamaican, while he's wearily and irritatedly following Bolt around trying to get a dang picture with him after the 100m.


I didn't get that at all, really. Especially since on the starting blocks it was _Blake_ who was the one doing most of the showboating, with his cat-scratch thing, while Bolt was unusually reserved.
 
2012-08-07 03:47:52 PM  

Mr Guy: Kurohone: Mr Guy:

Well, in fairness, part of this is because they are trying to help Bolt's image, since he's got the reputation of being a bit of an arrogant showboat ass.

I've always got a bit of an Ochocinco vibe from him...he's playing around, having a good time, but not really being arrogant about it. He's young, he's the best in the world at what he does, and he's world-famous because of it. Why not enjoy it?

Possibly, but like Ochocinco, it's kind of obvious his teammates are tired of his celebrating. Check out the look on the face of the silver medal Jamaican, while he's wearily and irritatedly following Bolt around trying to get a dang picture with him after the 100m.


God forbid they bring a bit of personality to an otherwise bone dry sport. Plus, as Kurohone already pointed out, Blake was clowning around during the introductions just as much as Bolt was.
 
2012-08-07 03:49:12 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: thecpt: Didnt congratulate anyone and paraded around like a self-indulgent jackass.

I'm pretty sure I saw him congratulate both Gatlin and Blake, the latter of whom he then went with to the Jamaican congregation to celebrate. Something that I saw most winners do.


Can't find a playable video at work. I remember it as Blake having to walk to him and intrude on Bolt's fun just to shake his hand. Bolt didn't even look at him. My memory could have been tainted by what happened for the five minutes after the race.
 
2012-08-07 03:50:07 PM  
Richards-Ross IS FROM JAMAICA.

It's not a classy act in the way you think it is. It's nice, but it's still his own patriotism.
 
2012-08-07 04:21:16 PM  

MisterLoki: Comments take the gold in derp.


Just emulating the owner of The Blaze...

/It's Glenn Beck, just so you know.
 
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