I don't like to be one of those foreigners that complains about Americans' patriotic chauvinism, but the Olympic commentary is really bothering me.
The set-up: the French men's 400 meter free relay team said they are going to "smash" the Americans.
Americans love to hate on the French, so this was commentator gold: the commentators ran as far as possible with it.
The Amercans came from behind and won by 8/100 of a second
Immediately after the win, it began. The incredibly offensive commentary starts at 5:45 in the video above.
Commentator: "Who's talking now? Stunned. I think they need to use another word other than "smash." That might be the most incredible relay split I've ever seen in my entire life...French are still in shock. We're going to play the footage here in real speed here, to give you an idea...Let's watch it again, you've got to watch it from above. Watch how he gives into this way, just a huge lunge. I just can't believe that Lesak just did that...At the other end, you've got Bernard, who did the talkin', and he's not saying much right now...So the results. The heavily favored French bow to the Americans. They smash the world record."
Interviewing the American team, at 9:02:
Q: "Well, the French said we're going to smash the Americans. Who's talking now, guys?"
A: "We are, the United States of America."
At 11:00: "Bob came by and said the Frenchies were talking stuff, and I said, 'I don't even wanna hear it, we're goign to take care of business when we get to the pool, and we took care of business, that's all that matters."
People ask, "why do they hate us?" I'll show you:
Compare this with the women's 100 meter butterfly final, involving the same commentators. Here, the American swimmer Magnuson won silver, in a similarly close finish, with Australian swimmer Trickett taking gold.
Immediately after the Australian takes the gold, the commentator stresses that she's "just off the world record."
Then, incredibly, "what a race by Magnuson, holding off Schipper. Trickett, she almost didn't make it to the semis from the heats... what a beautiful swim by both these swimmers right there, the two of them together, both quick off the blocks, Magnuson just a tick faster on her reaction time...look at the turn, Trickett had a great turn, but you know what, Magnuson never panicked, never never panicked, she was really so good."
Bottom line: when Americans win, they're so great, everyone else sucks. When Americans get silver or worse, they did a great job, and it was so close anyway.