American Arrogance?

I am well aware of the fact that many of my countrymen act quite arrogantly when they are overseas (you know, the “I’m from America, give me what I want damnit!” types). However, there is some arrogance that can be seen, especially when you have a chance to discuss something that isn’t in the mainstream here.

This particular example focuses on the sudden death of the coach of the Pakistani cricket team, Bob Woolmer. At first, it was suspected by his family that he probably passed away due to a heart attack from stress, but it would seem that the autopsy that was performed in Kingston, Jamaica (which is only 581 miles/935 km from Miami) has proven inconclusive.

This has now sparked rumors of how he died – from suicide to even one report that claims he might have been murdered. I have to be honest in saying that when I had first heard of his death, my first thought was that I really hoped it would be of natural causes as if it wasn’t that, it would certainly bring cricket to the attention of the US media, and for all the wrong reasons. After the autopsy, it now has. Aside from this, the only time cricket is mentioned on ESPN’s site is in a link to cricinfo in the “More Sports” section of the toolbar.

Apparently something ESPN have started to do is allow people to make comments on stories. And here is where my discussion about our perceived ignorance comes to light. Right now there are three comments, which are as follows –

– C_lopez_13 (3/21/2007 at 9:30 AM): Not an important story in the US, never seen a cricket game in my life

A fair point, it is not an important story here, if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s the coach of a major world side dieing the day after his side was defeated by one of the lower-order sides (more commonly known as the minnows), Ireland.

The next comment is this –

– k.9stl (3/21/2007 at 9:38 AM): This is why we need to protect our borders!!!!!!!

What exactly are we protecting ourselves from here? Pakistani cricketers? Is that some new kind of terrorist that nobody, not even themselves, know about? I think they’ll be glad to know that it’s highly unlikely that any of the participants will be visiting our airports for transiting while on their way back home.

And the last comment –

– ammille2 (3/21/2007 at 9:51 AM) Any reaction to this story? I hear crickets….

The natural bad pun that one would expect 😉

One thought on “American Arrogance?

  1. Sometimes I’m embarrassed by my countrymen and women, this is one of those times.

    I hadn’t heard this story, but I haven’t had a chance to catch up on the news lately…and sports is usually the last thing I pay attention to unless it’s about the local high school track team (in which my siblings are on).

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