All future American Olympic uniforms will be made in ... America

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
The uniforms for the United States have come under controversy because they were made in China. (Ralph Lauren)
The overreaction to the great international fashion faux pas of 2012 has crested to its inevitable fallout and resolution, as the United States Olympic Committee, under the cover of a late-Friday press release, announced all future American Olympic threads will be sewn and patched here on U.S. soil.

Now we can go on to worrying about more important matters, like the accuracy of Ryan Lochte's estimation of sexual activity inside the Olympic Village, where clothes are the last thing on anyone's mind -- body.

"We take seriously the concerns we've heard from members of Congress and the American public regarding the U.S. Olympic Team's Opening and Closing Ceremonies uniforms," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement, thereby completely missing the point: that 99 percent of the population, if not higher, truly doesn't give a whit where the clothes came from.

But Blackmun alludes to congressman Harry Reid, who earlier this week suggested something of a ritualistic and hate-fueled fire ceremony when he found out those preppy Ralph Lauren threads got to America by way of China, as if some embargo between the countries was broken.

American pride and American jobs will always be a tender topic in this country, as it should be. But the melodrama this nontroversy turned into was one of the more pitiful things I've seen in the sports news cycle in some time. Consider the story reached its peak of outrage on the same day a former FBI investigator released a 267-page report on the concealment and deceit of enabling a child molester.

Blackmun's apology from his knees continues in the form of a plea.

"In the meantime, we ask for the American people's support. The members of Team USA have dedicated their entire lives to training for this one moment. They are some of the finest men and women this country has to offer and they are prepared to succeed both on and off the field of play in London. Our country should be proud of the individual athletes that will represent them in London and I'm hopeful that everyone will rally around Team USA."

We will. The regalia heaped upon the pretty and unsuspecting athletes was never going to alter the way we view the Olympics. When it comes to what American athletes wear, the only thing most of us care about is the country's representation in the uniform, not the origin of the outfit.

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