the talking dog

August 27, 2004, The Reamed Team

Olympic basketball semifinal: United States 81, Argentina 89.

Our professional athletes have gone 4-3 in Olympic basketball; still a shot at the bronze.

As with everything else, I blame Bush.

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Why does this concern you? Are you surprised these babies can't play as a team. Stephen Marbory needs a telephone call from Isaiah Thomas in order to play inspired? Alan Iverson was placed on team?

Posted by Norman at August 27, 2004 03:50 PM

It doesn't concern me. It amuses me. Argentina, IIRC, hasn't won a medal since 1952; well, it's assured of a silver in basketball. Good for them.

We should go back to amateur basketball players and open tryouts, and take our chances. Sending in the B+ team is obviously a failure. No excuses-- a team with the best team player in the game (Tim Duncan) must truly be full of character-challenged defectives not to win, and win EASILY.

And indeed, such is exactly the case.

I'm disappointed for the Iraqi soccer team, though, losing 1-0 to Italy, and being denied the bronze medal.
Well, a 4th place finish would certainly have been beyond their dreams coming in, so, Allah be praised, a nice run for them. Maybe things will start to look up for that country.

And this one.

Posted by the talking dog at August 27, 2004 04:23 PM

Me too. The fucker couldn't hit a 3-pointer to save his life, or the lives of 1,000 soldiers. All he wants to do is hang out in the locker room and snap towels at the lady reporters and huff horse liniment.

Posted by Kevin Hayden at August 27, 2004 05:05 PM

"As with everything else, I blame Bush"
As you should.

Posted by alicia at August 27, 2004 06:23 PM

Oops. The bronze medal game will be against Lithuania, which already beat the United States. The US of A may (heavens) not even medal in basketball.

Forget even a college team: I suggest we open up tryouts to high schools, AAU and CYO all-star teams, and take our chances; the pros can spend their summers in drug rehab and anger management programs, where they belong.

Posted by the talking dog at August 27, 2004 08:37 PM

TD...Speaking of anger management...are you ready for next week?

Posted by alicia at August 27, 2004 09:36 PM

If the events of the last three years have taught us anything, its that (1) s*** happens, (2) our city will ALWAYS be the bitch for Bush family photo ops, (3) we have replaced Tokyo for likely situs of disaster movies, and (4) getting mad about it is just a formula for making yourself tired.

I'll almost certainly miss the big protests on Sunday, which I can just about tell you will go down EXACTLY the way the war protests went down: 70-80% of the protestors will be shunted to side streets, and our local papers wilil concur with the police that no one showed up at the protests, even though midtown was shutdown for hours.

I'll try to poke around during convention week, see if I can find some fun stuff happening on the streets. I'm signed up for several blog cooperatives to do just that. We'll treat it as good journalistic material, and see what happens. Maybe we'll meet some out of town bloggers we've been admiring from afar...

I'll hold my anger in possible reserve for November.

Posted by the talking dog at August 27, 2004 09:58 PM

Hopefully all anger will be reserved for THEM in November. I must admit though, the sight of the TRUTH/BUSH banner almost brought tears to my eyes...may the GOP feel just a bit uncomfortable next week.

Posted by alicia at August 27, 2004 10:22 PM

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