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Don't believe the Olympic hype

Tim Keown thinks it's time we all take a step back from the Olympics and stop making it into something it's not.

Updated: February 14, 2006, 11:19 AM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

I know I'm supposed to root for the home team, especially now. Rooting for Americans in the Olympics is ingrained in us from the time we reach consciousness. Rooting for Americans is part of our national ethic, a moral obligation like supporting the troops, and for a time it seemed proper. Cheering for Mike Eruzione and the boys in 1980 seemed like the natural precursor to the teardown of the Berlin Wall.

But the magic is gone. It has been gone for some time, but now the Olympics ...

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