USA vs. Nigeria and The Skipping Young Instrument of My Tennis Apocalypse

Wow. What do you even write about what Team USA did to Nigerian basketball last night? Do you start with addressing Carmelo's 37 points in 14 minutes? Do you talk about all the threes? The 80+ point margin of victory? There's very little of substance to be said about the obliteration that took place on the London hardwood last night.

Oh sure, there's already plenty of talk about sportsmanship, or about whether Team USA should be considered bullies, or that this might be a strong argument for the implementation of an under-23 rule. This talk will continue as the tournament goes on, even though these discussions are well played out, just like the talk continued and the played itself out before in 1992, as The Dream Team rattled off their campaign of dominant performances bordering on mockery. I have no doubt that better, and more interested writers than myself likely have much to say about these topics, and how this game does or doesn't play into the grand narrative of something or another.

So I'm just going to talk about tennis instead. Continue reading

The Outlet 3.01 - Flops, Loops, Wings, and Falls

To bring our Olympic coverage up, we’re bringing our formerly retired series of daily vignettes — titled “The Outlet” — back for the Olympics. “Don’t call it a comeback.” Though, you can call it series 3, as we are in the title. Every day there's Olympic Basketball to cover, we’ll try to share two or three short vignettes from our collective of writers ruminating on the previous day’s events. Should be a fun time. Today’s Outlet covers the action from Olympic basketball, day one.

  • AUS vs BRA -- The Return of Flopsy (Alex Dewey)
  • USA vs FRA -- FRA-enheit 451 (Alex Dewey)
  • RUS vs GBR -- They Had To Use Their AK (Alex Dewey)
  • ARG vs LTH -- "We've Been Here For Years" (Alex Dewey)

Click the jump for today's thoughts. Continue reading

The Difference: America Overwhelms Brazil

A few months back, our friend Kirk Henderson managed to score two tickets to yesterday's USA vs Brazil scrimmage in Washington D.C. Aaron would've tried to get a ticket as well, but he's on vacation in Arizona right now. Sucks! Anyway, Kirk wrote up a great eleven-point bulleted list in the style of Rob Mahoney's "The Difference", a set of posts where Mahoney gives one bullet of analysis to every point in the final margin. For your perusal, Kirk's Olympian-themed "The Difference," replete with photographs taken by Kirk from his enviably close seats.

  • Apparently, there are people out there who have little to no interest in international tournaments like the World Championships and Olympics. I do not understand these people at all. If you’re a diehard NBA fan like I am you can’t in good conscience normally root for most of the players who end up on Team USA -- the Olympics are the only place to root for these guys. Also, given that they often represent 12 of the most talented basketball players alive, they can elevate the sport to an art form. It’s beyond beautiful to watch in person.
  • As dominant as Team USA can be, basketball is a fantastic sport because on any given night, either team can win. Brazil came out with something to prove, and seemed excited at the chance to stop a faster, smaller Team USA by pounding the ball inside. Up 10 after one quarter, Brazil ran headfirst into a LeBron-shaped brick wall in the second quarter and only managed to only put up 5 points. Team USA continued to apply the heat in the 3rd and withstood a furious Brazilian rally to start the fourth and finally put the game away. Continue reading