The Fourth of July holiday is nearly upon us. American Independence Day! The day in which we as a nation celebrate our unlikely victory over Great Britain in the Revolutionary War and shedding English colonial rule in order to form a more perfect union.
Naturally, our means of celebration usually include consuming massive amounts of picnic food and various alcoholic beverages, and then, when it gets dark, fireworks. A more perfect union, indeed.
Seriously, does it get any more perfect than family, friends, food, fireworks and booze? A federal holiday that essentially gives the country carte blanche to get drunk and say needlessly mean things about England while the rockets red glare, and bombs bursting in air, paints a glorious backdrop for the scene.
Most Americans like England, even if the sentiment isn't returned, but on July 4, they're nothing more than the dried-up husk that America came out of. And no apologies are necessary, because when you've been kicking ass and taking names since 1776…haters gonna hate!
Honestly, we're a patriotic bunch most of the year. Displaying the flag proudly at our homes is probably second only to displaying it on our bodies. And there are few situations in which high-fives and chants of "USA! USA! USA!" are considered anything but a welcomed addition.
We may be politically divided as a nation internally, but when it comes to uniting against the world in sports: united we stand.
Here are 50 awesomely patriotic sports pictures, just to wet your whistle for the bonanza of American pride that is going to drop next week.