One of my pet peeves, another aspect of popular U.S. culture that I find abhorrent and shallow. I like sports, but I loathe much that surrounds them. It has worsened over time, too. I didn't like the jingoists on the teams I played on in high school and college in my youth; I certainly wouldn't get along with those types these days.
This attitude is coming from a guy who once had the entire PCL's Phoenix Giants (Triple A) bull pen threatening to climb into the bleachers and kill me at old Civic Stadium in Portland during a Beavers game, because the players noticed I wasn't standing for the national anthem pre-game.
Not standing for the anthem was a habit of mine, cultivated as my personal, lonely protest against jingoism and the rule of militarism in American sports and society in general.
The Giants started yelling at me mid-song, which I thought more disrespectful than anything I'd done.