Daniel Romanchuk of the USA celebrates his first place win in the Wheelchair Division during the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018 in Central Park in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you’ve been living here for any length of time, you know that Bostonians can be a tough crowd – skeptical, cynical, quick to express displeasure.
We’re not quite as bad as Philadelphia sports fans.
But we’re close.
And sometimes, it gets ridiculous.
Like yesterday, when men’s wheelchair marathon winner Daniel Romanchuk draped an American flag over his shoulders as they played the national anthem at his award ceremony.
This has become a common practice by US athletes at their moment of triumph in international competition. And even though it’s a violation of the US Flag Code, objections are rarely if ever heard.
But as the anthem played for Romanchuk yesterday, a race official stepped forward to hand him his trophy and place the victor’s wreath on his head, and in the process, the flag was removed and dropped on the floor, another flag code violation.
In a normal world populated by normal people, this protocol breach would also be ignored.
But we don’t live in that world.
Instead, we include in our midst a significant number of knee-jerk whiners and folks with just too much time on their hands, many of whom seized the opportunity to accuse the marathon organizers of being unpatriotic.
There’s an old saying that “no good deed goes unpunished.”
The folks who run the marathon, many of them volunteers, shouldn’t have to suffer abuse from bitter, creepy trolls, but I guess that’s the pathetic world we live in today.
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