50 Awesomely Patriotic Sports Pictures

Amber Lee@@BlamberrSports Lists Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

50 Awesomely Patriotic Sports Pictures

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    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. 

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    Date: June 18, 2013

    Event: United States vs. Honduras, FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

    Awesome America Fact: The U.S. is home to just one royal palace ever used by a monarch. The royal Iolani Palace in Honolulu was home to King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani before they were overthrown in 1883. Hawaii became a state in 1959, and the palace is a museum today. 

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    Date: Feb. 20, 2010

    Event: Vancouver Olympics, Day 9

    Awesome America Fact: President Andrew Johnson was a tailor by trade before getting into politics. He would only wear suits that he made himself. As president, he would stop by a local tailor shop just to say hello. And…who knows…perhaps offer a little advice?

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    Date: Aug. 9, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 13

    Awesome America Fact: The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado. No wonder playing in Denver is such an adjustment for teams in the Mid-Atlantic region!

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    Date: Jan. 20, 2012

    Event: 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying, United States vs. Dominican Republic 

    Awesome America Fact: We're global leaders in making roller coasters taller, faster and scarier. In June 2012, the "Cliffhanger" at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado opened, officially making it the world's highest roller coaster. 

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    Date: June 18, 2013

    Event: United States vs. Honduras, FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

    Awesome America Fact: The U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest written constitution of any other major government in the world, with just 4,400 words. Quality…not quantity. 

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    Date: Aug. 12, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 16

    Awesome America Fact: Before adopting the stars and stripes, one of the early American flags had a picture of a coiled rattlesnake, which was a symbol of resistance against the British rule in the colonies. 

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    Date: July 18, 2010 

    Event: 139th Open Championship, Final Round 

    Awesome America Fact: We invented the Internet. The origin dates back to the establishment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1958, which was formed in response to the launch of the USSR's Sputnik satellite.

    ARPA efforts resulted in the first uses of the early Internet in the 1970s. It wasn't until 1993 that the World Wide Web came into existence, which many confuse with the birth of the Internet. Like…Al Gore. (And yes, that is John Daly's crotch.) 

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    Date: Nov. 11, 2008

    Event: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders

    Awesome America Fact: We rock the heck out of cereal production. Battle Creek, Mich., makes more breakfast cereal than any other city in the world. Eat your hearts out. 

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    Date: Aug. 6, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 10

    Awesome America Fact: At the University of California in 1940, future president Ronald Reagan won the "Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award." Seriously. Not long after, he put his assets to use as the star and narrator of countless WWII propaganda films. 

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    Date: Aug. 9, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 13

    Awesome America Fact: President Andrew Jackson somehow survived over 100 duels, most of which he initiated to defend the honor of his beloved wife, Rachel.

    He obviously won most, but he was hit a few times and lived with no less than two bullets in his body, one in his chest and one in his arm. Jackson was the only president to ever kill a man in a duel. 

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    Date: Sept. 11, 2011

    Event: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans 

    Awesome America Fact: The "M" in Richard M. Nixon stood for Milhous. The "F" in John F. Kennedy stood for Fitzgerald. The "S" in Harry S Truman actually doesn't stand for anything—which means that, technically, there shouldn't be a period next to it.

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    Date: Aug. 12, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 16

    Awesome America Fact: The United States is twice the size of the European Union. Boom. 

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    Date: Aug. 12, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 16

    Awesome America Fact: The bald eagle became our national symbol after its likeness was the centerpiece of the Great Seal, which was adopted by congress in 1782. Ben Franklin was not on board.

    In a letter to his daughter, he referred to the bald eagle as a bird of "bad moral character." He suggested the wild turkey instead, which he described as a "more respectable bird."

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    Date: Feb. 3, 2013

    Event: Super Bowl XlVII

    Awesome America Fact: The original English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 didn't have a promising start. Between 1609-10, starving colonists died en masse, with only 61 of 500 colonists surviving the period.

    Things got really ugly, and evidence suggests they even resorted to cannibalism. Yet they pressed on and eventually conditions began to improve significantly. Not even starvation-forced cannibalism can keep America down. 

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    Date: Aug. 8, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 12

    Awesome America Fact: During his term in office, president Ulysses S. Grant was pulled over by police on M Street in Northwest D.C. for driving his horse-drawn coach dangerously fast.

    Pulling the whole "commander in chief" card didn't work, either—assuming he tried it—as Grant was issued a ticket for his shenanigans. 

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    Date: Aug. 31, 2010 

    Event: U.S. Open, Day 2

    Awesome America Fact: No signers of the Declaration of Independence were technically born in the United States, as it didn't exist until the document was signed. However, all but eight of them were born in the colonies. Nine of the signers died before the American Revolution ended in 1783. 

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    Date: Sept. 11, 2011 

    Event: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens 

    Awesome America Fact: President George Washington was the only member of the founding fathers who would become president who did not attend college. Washington was more of a jock.

    His hobbies included raffles and lotteries, playing cards, fox hunting, duck hunting, fishing, cockfighting, horse racing, boat racing and dancing. What a stud. 

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    Date: Sept. 2, 2012

    Event: AdvoCare 500

    Awesome America Fact: In February 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing—or NASCAR—was officially incorporated. It has since become one of the country's most popular spectator sports, as well as a…well, kind of a way of life for many fans. NASCAR is not just a sport, it's a lifestyle. 

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    Date: Oct. 6, 2009 

    Event: Australian Paralympic Youth Games 

    Awesome America Fact: During his second run for the presidency, Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest by a would-be assassin in Milwaukee. He fished the speech with a bullet lodged in his chest before seeking medical attention. 

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    Date: Aug. 6, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 10

    Awesome America Fact: It took 100 days to physically frame the Constitution. Literally frame it, as in put it in a frame for display and protection. It's that kind of attention to detail that makes our nation so great. 

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    Date: Jan. 20, 2012

    Event: 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying, United States vs. Dominican Republic 

    Awesome America Fact: You may think that the fortune cookie was invented in China, since it's generally served with Chinese food in the U.S., but it was actually made in the USA.

    A Japanese-American named Makoto Hagiwara first introduced the cookie at a San Francisco restaurant in 1914. Take that, China. 

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    Date: Aug. 3, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 7

    Awesome America FactBenjamin Franklin was in such poor health at the time that he needed help signing the Constitution. As he signed, tears were said to have streamed down his face. 

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    Date: Sept. 16, 2008

    Event: Paralympics, Day 10

    Awesome America Fact: President Thomas Jefferson wrote the entire first draft of the Declaration of Independence and was extremely unhappy with edits made to the document. All the original language condemning the slave trade was removed, despite objections from Jefferson. 

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    Date: July 31, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 4

    Awesome America Fact: The founding fathers didn't have the benefit of spell check, which is why "Pensylvania" slipped through the editing cracks on the Constitution—one of a number of spelling errors made on the document. 

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    Date: Aug. 3, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 7

    Awesome America Fact: President Lyndon B. Johnson had absolutely no boundaries or respect of personal space. He was known for meeting with aides while sitting atop his porcelain throne. LBJ also nicknamed his penis "Jumbo" and would occasionally whip it out for demonstrations—or just for fun.

    Once during a cabinet meeting, he was asked why the U.S. went into Vietnam. LBJ responded by unleashing Jumbo and yelling, "This is why!"

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    Date: Aug. 9, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 13 

    Awesome America Fact: We invented spandex. The skin-tight synthetic material was created by Joseph Shivers, a DuPont chemist, in 1959. It's safe to say the sports world hasn't been the same since—and the world owes it all to America. 

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    Date: July 28, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 1

    Awesome America Fact: We invented barbed wire. In 1867, an Ohio man first patented barbed wire, an invention that now decorates penal institutions world-wide. Unfortunately, it also decorates the arms of countless bros in tattoo form—our great national shame. 

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    Date: Aug. 8, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 12

    Awesome America Fact: The U.S. flag as we know it today was designed by a schoolboy named Robert Heft in Lancaster, Ohio., back in 1958 as part of a school project. He received a B- for the design because his teacher said it "lacked creativity." Congress was easier to impress, apparently. 

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    Date: March 22, 2013

    Event: Costa Rica vs. United States, FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier 

    Awesome America Fact: There are nine states in the U.S. in which cattle outnumber humans, sometimes by substantial numbers: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Talk about one of the most predictable lists ever. 

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    Date: June 12, 2010

    Event: United States vs. England, 2010 FIFA World Cup 

    Awesome America Fact: President James Madison was exceptionally tiny at 5'4" and under 100 pounds. He was the shortest and overall slightest president in U.S. history. 

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    Date: Oct. 15, 2008

    Event: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks 

    Awesome America Fact: Some people know that founding father Alexander Hamilton famously died in a duel with history's villain Aaron Burr in Weehawken, N.J., in 1804.

    What most don't know is that Alexander's son, Philip, died in a duel there three years earlier. Hamilton should have known that gun violence just wasn't in his family's blood. 

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    Date: July 27, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Opening Day

    Awesome America Fact: Former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the very same day in 1826—July 4. It was the 50th anniversary of the vote to approve the Declaration of Independence. You couldn't have written a better story...

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    Date: June 2, 2013

    Event: FedEx 300 Benefiting Autism Speaks 

    Awesome America Fact: When the constitutional convention convened, (future) presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were both serving as U.S. ministers overseas and, therefore, did not sign the Constitution. 

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    Date: Feb. 20, 2010

    Event: Vancouver Olympics, Day 9 

    Awesome America Fact: The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million back in 1867—which boils down to about two cents per acre. That has got to boil their blood to this day. It's a wonder a shirtless Vladimir Putin with an army of Siberian tigers hasn't come to reclaim it. 

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    Date: July 4, 2009

    Event: Goodwood Festival of Speed 

    Awesome America Fact: Presidents James Madison and Thomas Jefferson had an interesting run-in with the law in 1791.

    They were in Vermont on an official "botanizing excursion," when they were arrested for riding in a carriage on a Sunday, which was against the law there at the time. Turned out, they just used botany as an excuse to get out of Philadelphia for a while—see what happens when you lie?

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    Date: April 12, 2013

    Event: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Practice 

    Awesome America Fact: The United States is the third-largest country in the world in terms of land mass. It occupies just 100,000 square miles less than Canada, but Russia nearly doubles both countries in size, coming in at approximately 6,600,000 square miles. 

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    Date: July 26, 2012 

    Event: London Olympics, Opening Ceremony 

    Awesome America Fact: At the 2012 Olympics in London, American swimmer Michael Phelps surpassed Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated athlete of all time. Phelps now has 22 total Olympic medals, trumping Latynina's total of 18. 

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    Date: July 30, 2012

    Event: London Olympics, Day 3

    Awesome America Fact: Abraham Lincoln was the very first president to be photographed at his inauguration. He happened to be standing just a few feet away from John Wilkes Booth in the photo, who would later assassinate him. 

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    Date: June 23, 2010

    Event: United States vs. Algeria, 2010 FIFA World Cup 

    Awesome America Fact: The word "democracy" does not appear once in the Constitution. Actually, you'd be surprised how many things aren't in the Constitution that many people vehemently insist are there. 

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    Date: Sept. 11, 2011

    Event: San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 

    Awesome America Fact: We invented baseball. Although there were some primitive versions of the game played in North America and Europe dating back to the 18th century, the modern-day sport didn't come into being until 1845, when American Alexander Cartwright wrote an official set of regulated rules. He's often referred to as the "Father of Baseball."

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    Date: March 22, 2013

    Event: Costa Rica vs. United States, FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier 

    Awesome America Fact: President Gerald Ford worked as a male model in college and later worked as a forest ranger at Yellowstone National Park, directing traffic and feeding the bears. Which is very interesting, because I'm pretty sure feeding the bears is frowned upon these days—lest ye be eaten by one. 

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    Date: July 4, 2012

    Event: Ohio Machine vs. Denver Outlaws 

    Awesome America Fact: From its founding at the University of Minnesota in 1898 until 1923, cheerleading was a "male only" activity.

    Women were slowly introduced, but it wasn't until the 1940s that they overtook cheerleading and became the majority force—mostly because the men were all going to fight in the war. So if it wasn't for WWII, this hot lady could very well be a dude. 

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    Date: Dec. 16, 2012

    Event: Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals 

    Awesome America Fact: Cheerleading is uniquely American and was invented right here in 1898. The first cheerleaders were formed by a "pep club" at the University of Minnesota as part of a plan to get the crowd more involved with the final game of their season against Northwestern. It was a very successful endeavor and began to grow and expand from there. 

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    Date: July 4, 2012

    Event: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 

    Awesome America Fact: Americans buy up 350 million pounds of hot dogs each year—that's nine billion hot dogs.

    However, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council believes the actual number of hot dogs consumed is likely much larger. They peg it around 20 billion, if you add in hot dogs consumed at sporting events, local picnics and carnivals. 

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    Date: Sept. 11, 2011

    Event: Minnesota Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers 

    Awesome America Fact: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world above sea level, but Hawaii's Mauna Kea is the tallest, when measured from the sea floor. It's actually 3,000 feet taller than Everest but only about 13,800 of those feet are above sea level. 

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    Date: Sept. 11, 2011

    Event: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets

    Awesome America Fact: We invented the cowboy hat. The high-crowned, wide-brimmed spectacle of a hat was invented by John Batterson Stetson in 1865 during a hunting trip.

    He used fur, boiling water and his bare hands to create a piece of felt and shape it into a large-brimmed hat that would protect him from the elements. Never has hat-making been so manly. 

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    Date: Sept. 10, 2011

    Event: San Jose State vs. UCLA

    Awesome America FactAmericans have never been fond of paying their taxes—it's why the United States exists today. But when treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton implemented a tax on domestically produced whiskey in 1791, it led to an all-out rebellion (the Whiskey Rebellion).

    The farmers of Western Pennsylvania that distilled it began a fight that would last three years before Hamilton convinced president George Washington to finally squash it once and for all by dispatching a militia force of 13,000. 

    They can take our lives, but they will never take away our whiskey!!!

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    Date: June 9, 2013

    Event: Party in the Poconos 400

    Awesome America Fact: President Abraham Lincoln was the only U.S. president who had "licensed bartender" on his resume. Before ascending to the presidency, Lincoln was the co-owner of a Springfield saloon, in his native Illinois, called "Berry and Lincoln." 

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    Date: July 4, 2011

    Event: Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 

    Awesome America Fact: Frankfurters were first referred to as "hot dogs" by a cartoonist who saw a vendor selling "hot dachshund sausages" at a baseball game, which amused him.

    The concessionaires would walk through the stands shouting, "Get your red-hot dachshund sausages!" But when he went to caption the cartoon they inspired, he couldn't spell the name of the dog, opting for "Get your hot dogs" instead. 

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    Date: Sept. 11, 2011

    Event: Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

    Awesome America Fact: Most mini-American flags are made in China, and a large portion of American flags in general are made in China. That sounds not awesome on the surface, but it's only because the demand is so incredibly high that we had to outsource the production in order to keep up with demand and keep prices reasonable.

    We love America so much that we're willing to let the China thing slide, just so we can make sure every man, woman and child in this great nation has as many American flags as he or she desires. 

    Abortions for some...miniature American flags for others! Yay! (If you don't know the source of that line, shame on you!)

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