The Real Americans of Sports: LeBron, Erin Andrews, Hope Solo

Hope Solo is allowed to wear black, even on the Fourth of July.

While we all pretend to analyse the endless stomach capacity of American hero and Vallejo, Calif. –bred hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut tomorrow (3 p.m., ESPN) at the Nathan’s Famous contest, let’s keep in mind what it means to be a Real American sports hero.
 
And let us always keep in mind that we all need to fight for the rights of every man and when it comes crashing down and it hurts inside, you’ve got to take a stand, it does not help to hide.
 

 
 

In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, a look at the Real Americans in sports. Some may shock you, others are less surprising. But make no mistake, at their core, these guys and gals bleed red! You can take your white and blue blood and move to Moscow for all we care!
 

LeBron James

Flag points: 3 stars, 6 stripes (9)
Leaving your native land in search for a better way of life is uniquely American. Therefore, still being mad at LeBron for leaving Cleveland two years ago qualifies you as a staunch Communist.
 

Erin Andrews

Flag points: 2 stars, 4 stripes
Seriously, does it get any more American than FOX TV?
That’s where Andrews is headed after eight years at ESPN and following a very public peep hole scandal.

For years, sports TV viewers were fed real information from real journalists (Will McDonough’s work on the old NFL on NBC comes to mind).
At some point we just wanted hot women over facts. Again, uniquely American.
 

Dwight Howard

Flag points: 4 stars, 4 stripes
The Magic center says he was “blackmailed” by Orlando. During the alleged blackmail attempts, he made $80 million. Sounds just like the plotline to an episode of TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (the most American show on TV).
 

Adam “Pacman” Jones
Flag points: 5 stars, 5 stripes
America loves a reclamation project (see James, LeBron above). Well this past weekend we got the biggest bad boy in the history of NFL bad boys, Adam “Pacman” Jones telling NFL rookies that spending $1 million at  a strip club in one weekend is not a good idea on paper or otherwise.
 

Hope Solo

Flag points: 4 stars, 5 stripes
As far as women’s sports go, Hope Solo appeals to the widest possible audience. Little girls love her. Parents love her. Creepy old men love her. She’s truly a jack of all patriotic trades.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to…

A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new…

Local

On-duty NYPD detective arrested for DWI in Queens

A New York City Police detective was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence while on the clock.

Local

City Council committee moves Williamsburg's Domino refinery deal…

The deal to turn the old Domino Sugar refinery along the Williamsburg waterfront into a new housing complex is one Council vote away from approval.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Movies

'A Brony Tale' documents men who are into…

Ashleigh Ball, a voice actress on "My Little Pony," speaks to us.

Movies

Tribeca: Nikki Reed on going funny for a…

"Intramural" star Nikki Reed talks about being the straight person in a broad comedy, spending time in Austin and how "Thirteen" was a "miracle."

Going Out

Pop-up cat cafe opens to long lines in…

The country's first pop-up cat cafe opened in New York on Thursday.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

MLB

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for using pine…

Pineda was thrown out of the game against the Red Sox Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck -- for all the world to see.

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.