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Football and America


September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; General view as flags fly over tents as fans tailgate before the San Diego Chargers game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The 4th of July is a day where friends and family get together to celebrate our country’s independence. And for many people there will inevitably be a conversation about football. It can be argued that football has overtaken baseball as “America’s Pastime” and there is no doubt that football is America’s favorite sport. Football has become so ingrained in our identity that a fan can bridge racial, geographical, political or religious divides with a commonality among sports teams. Football does not care if you are black or white, Christian or atheist, rich or poor. Subsequently, if you share the same spirit for the team as I do, then football trumps everything else. Our once per week tradition has become more than just entertainment but has become a part of our American culture.

Independence Day is a day of remembrance and celebration. A day where we can give thanks for the freedoms that we enjoy. The ability to spend entire Sunday’s tailgating and watching football; to spend countless hours playing fantasy football and to dress up in our favorite gear to support our team.

I was lucky enough to be born and raised in the world’s finest country, in America’s finest city, and cheering for Football’s finest team. Today I will celebrate our Independence Day by wearing a Chargers jersey, eating way too much bbq and drinking my share of beers. To me, there is nothing more American than that.

In the spirit of American generosity I will be giving away a Mint Philip Rivers rookie card. Please Tweet this article out and include my handle to I can see that you did. I will pick one random winner tonite at 9pm pst!

One Country and One Charge! Bolt Up all the way!

Dan Locke