Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 18 2012 @ 4:44pm

Adam Gopnik puts Olympic fandom under the microscope:

Americans are not the only people to succumb to national Olympic hysteria, but we are, perhaps, the most consumed by it. We root for our kind in every sport we see, whereas most nations prudently limit the number of sports they follow to begin with. (Watch the Olympics in France, and you would think that they are essentially an international meet devoted to the odd duo of fencing and bicycle racing—the two summer sports in which the French most often excel.)