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Flagging patriotism at Olympics

Heartwarming competition, not uniforms or nationalism, is modern focus

Updated: August 7, 2012, 12:30 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

The prevailing impression you get from watching the London Olympics in its many televised forms -- and not just the nightly prime-time reality show based on actual events -- is fierce but friendly competition. Aside from the back-and-forth crotch-punching that enlivened Monday's U.S.-Argentina basketball game, it's been a respectful, convivial show of athletic prowess and good sportsmanship, short on nationalism and long on international fraternization. Is this a bad thing?

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