Team USA: Uniform of Tradition

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There is no doubt that to participate in the olympics is an honor unlike any other.

Countless athletes have done their best to describe the feeling of representing your country, what it’s like to hear your nation’s anthem ring through the stadium or arena, all because for a frozen moment in time you were the best, your country, was the best.

Unfortunately though, that’s a feeling that many of us probably won’t experience. We won’t feel the pressure of a global audience, we won’t feel the weight of an expectant nation on our shoulders, looking to us to prove the strength and resilience of our country despite such an unstable world.

No, the international stage of the Olympic Games is reserved for an elite few, but luckily, there is one thing that we can share.

Tradition.

No matter who you are, what you believe, or where you live; tradition is one thing that we can all value. From family farms to generations of cops and fire fighters, tradition is one thing that may ring more true than the freedom we so proudly boast.

It’s with tradition in mind that I’ve come to appreciate what Ralph Lauren is doing with the 2014 Sochi Olympic uniforms. I wasn’t a fan of the Polo logo skillfully emblazoned on each garment, but understanding the story and the lengths the company went to to develop a truly American uniform is something that we can all appreciate.

From Oregon to New York, North Carolina to California, the details of the process pay homage to the traditions that have built this great nation.

Millennials: We Majored in Snark

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What’s up with the hype on millennials? Yeah, I’m one too, but why are there so many stories coming out about the “laziest” generation of Americans?

Because the thing we’re best at is sideways snark. You may even be able to say that above the title on the degree that left us with $40,000 in debt, we should get credit for developing a level of cynicism more fully developed than Statler and Waldorf.

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But what is it that makes millennial attitude such a deeply hated thing? Is it generational bias? Is it unjustified entitlement?

No, it’s neither of those. It’s the truth that the overeducated Gen Y so proudly touts as we face an economy saturated with “special” people that are all like us; because despite our unique traits, virtually all of us pursued a higher education of some type, which limited us all to the same basic principles being taught across the country.

In addition we’ve all realized that the best way to make someone mad, to really get under their skin, is to accept blame and stand on the solid foundation of honesty. What was once just a virtue expected of every man, has formed the base for every millennial to stand on, raise their flag, and question why we’re asked to fix the problems of generations before us, despite being restricted to jobs that don’t pay rent, student loans, or taxes.

The best example, and one of the finest displays of sincere, unapologetic snark is now making its way through the YouTube universe.

I’ll leave you with that, for you to ponder and let simmer through the weekend, because Gen Y is capable of fixing the problems that face us. The caveat is that the generations that created the problems have to get out of the way.

I love my parents, and I understand that you can only work with what you’ve got, but there is untapped talent among the millennials, and it’s ready to be unleashed.

Are you going to help us?