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Imperial Hubris

Pardon, but am I really watching the American olympic basketball team losing 50-29 to our erstwhile colony Puero Rico with 8:30 left in the third? What gives?

UPDATE: Colonists win. Truly the Bush administration has brought America's standing in the world to new lows (joke -- it's not really Bush's fault).

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Comments

They got it down to a 13 point deficit, with a free throw on the way.

But this is not a great way to start off the hoops competition.

Neither was getting trounced by Italy in a prelim two weeks ago.

Posted by: SoCalJustice | Aug 15, 2004 2:33:44 PM

Mens Basketball is a team game?

whoodathunkit.....

Posted by: hmmm | Aug 15, 2004 3:09:41 PM

Hey, the Iraqi soccer team just won again, clinching a quarterfinal berth with another preliminary game left. (OK, so it isn't true international soccer competition, but good for them anyway.)

As far as the basketball team, go look at ESPN.com's Bill Simmons. There's a piece from a week or two ago explanining why this team is all wrong and what should have been done.

Posted by: Devin McCullen | Aug 15, 2004 3:29:17 PM

Don't play defense in America
Can't hit the 3 in America
Get by on rep in America
Puerto Rico beat America.

Posted by: Dana Blankenhorn | Aug 15, 2004 3:40:46 PM

They do have a couple of NBA players, and a couple that were cut at the last minute by NBA teams. Puerto Rico has always punched above its weight in basketball (the island has only about 4 million people--but they usually field teams that are somewhat of a threat). They make the Olympics and the Worlds constantly. Still, quite a shock.

Posted by: asc | Aug 15, 2004 3:59:27 PM

Look it's very simple:
Zone Defence.

There are two ways to beat this:
-More pure shooters on the team of the Glenn Rice variety
-Full court press all game long.

Posted by: WillieStyle | Aug 15, 2004 4:07:42 PM

I think it must have been Clinton's fault!

But this is why we lost in 1988 -- we can't play the international game. The team is composed of the biggest stars willing to compete in Athens, instead of going out and building a team specifically equipped (like with a lot of very good 3 point shooters) to play and win the international game. Not a good way to run things.

Posted by: Paige | Aug 15, 2004 4:20:25 PM

Whoa. I flipped the tv on with 8:09 left in the third and thought for sure the scoreboard bug had the countries reversed....then I got a closeup of Iverson's face....nope, the scoreboard is right.

There'll be a lot of comments along the lines of Matt's headline in tomorrow's foreign press.

Posted by: flory | Aug 15, 2004 4:21:52 PM

Points to Dana Blankenhorn for most obscure Sondheim shout-out.

Posted by: alkali | Aug 15, 2004 4:46:04 PM

The trial lawyers did it. And the unions, especially the teacher's unions.

Posted by: Zizka | Aug 15, 2004 4:46:07 PM

Twenty years of weightlifters masquerading as basketball players have come home to roost; NBA stands for National Bricklayers Association. The international game is a better game, with better rules that place a greater emphasis on skills that were once second nature but that are all but forgotten by folks hoping to make a highlight reel. I hope the NBA keeps losing; maybe its owners will come to their senses and bring basketball back to the arenas that currently house teams with players better suited for the NFL.

Posted by: proflaw | Aug 15, 2004 5:19:37 PM

Bush's fault? If the US comes in below expectations in Athens, you can take a few points off the consumer confidence number. No 8Au for Phelps!! If the Bushes muck up the recovery in FL, they lose the state. This is all unfair because if the US does well or the cleanup is quick and clean, GWB won't get much reflected glory. But life is unfair.

Posted by: Wren | Aug 15, 2004 5:56:51 PM

Joke all you want. But if you love basketball, this makes you want to vomit. If it weren't for LeBron, I'd take the team's passports and tell them to come back with the gold or not at all. Devin, I love SG too, but there is no way that he thought we we were going to lose to Puerto Rico.

Humiliating. I feel like I've been mugged.

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Aug 15, 2004 6:24:29 PM

This never would have happened if we had captured Uday Hussein and let him give da boyz a pre-game pep talk.

Posted by: SteveLG | Aug 15, 2004 6:56:40 PM

The US strategy seems to be to try to make steals and get breakaway dunks for all of their baskets.

Posted by: Dimmy Karras | Aug 15, 2004 8:56:12 PM

The US team reflects the triumph of ESPNball; the curse of the highlight reel. Sure, the 20-footer isn't a part of the NBA game, but LeBron and Carmelo are a year out of college, and Okafor has no excuse either. I'd be upset if this is a harbinger of the entire tournament -- because it's unfair on Iverson, Duncan and the other leading players who were prepared to make the trip.

The last thing I want is for those NBA players who are watching the Olympics on their flat-screen HDTVs with a pint of ice-cream to take any satisfaction in the fact that that they couldn't give a flying fuck about representing their country.

Posted by: nick | Aug 15, 2004 9:25:29 PM

Its all part of a grand strategy to seem more humble in sports so we can take over the world with less whining. ;)

Posted by: Sebastian Holsclaw | Aug 15, 2004 9:37:12 PM

I confess that I was actually rooting for Puerto Rico... yeah, call me a traitor for wanting the U.S. to lose, but I rationalize it by the fact that Puerto Rico, in a way, is still sort of U.S.
So, I was really rooting against the whole spoiled rotten filthy rich NBA players who acted as if representing the U.S. in the Olympics is this chore, and that we should all bow down and be greatful to them. Screw that and their ridiculous egos.

Posted by: jab | Aug 15, 2004 11:34:18 PM

what do you mean "erstwhile" ? Has something changed while I wasn't looking ? Also I believe you mean colonized win not colonists.

Posted by: Robert Waldmann | Aug 16, 2004 12:44:01 AM

U.S. [P.R.] had it easy today, but lets see how well they do when they have to play a real team, like Lithuania.

Posted by: Steve Smith | Aug 16, 2004 12:56:38 AM


The last thing I want is for those NBA players who are watching the Olympics on their flat-screen HDTVs with a pint of ice-cream to take any satisfaction in the fact that that they couldn't give a flying fuck about representing their country.


I thought the driving principle of America was doing things for money --- no such socialist ideas as welfare or medical insurance; the worth of a man is the money he makes; no art without lifetime+70yrs copyright etc. God knows this is what Bush tells us all the time. As such, aren't these athletes doing a perfect job of representing what their country stands for: no pay equals no play?

Posted by: Maynard Handley | Aug 16, 2004 2:14:44 AM

AND1 culture is polluting basketball, regardless of dodgy squad selection.

Posted by: Jas | Aug 16, 2004 5:51:41 AM

Why does Puerto Rico have its own Olympic team? Are the Virgin Islands and Guam also separate entries? Is there a team from the Isle of Man (whose flag is perfect for the Olympics, by the way)? The South Sandwich Islands? Svalbard?

Posted by: Tom T. | Aug 16, 2004 8:38:22 AM

Tom,

Yes, Guam has its own delegation... so does Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, and Taiwan.
Territories can have their own separate delegations.

Posted by: jab | Aug 16, 2004 10:06:22 AM

Is there a team from the Isle of Man (whose flag is perfect for the Olympics, by the way)?

Only in the Commonwealth Games, where England, Scotland, Wales and NI also compete separately.

I thought the driving principle of America was doing things for money --- no such socialist ideas as welfare or medical insurance; the worth of a man is the money he makes; no art without lifetime+70yrs copyright etc.

Ah, yes. That's why Bush will be celebrating American values by lining up with a bunch of corporate CEOs at the RNC, rather than alongside with a group of people who are part of a system which provides 'socialist' things like highly subsidized healthcare, housing, grocery stores, college funding, pensions, etc. Not that I'm equating representing one's country in the military with representing it in the Olympics, but there are plenty of parallels.

Though my feelings for the US basketball team have gone down a notch since I found out that they are staying on the Queen Mary 2 rather than in the Athletes' Village. Fuckin' primadonnas.

Posted by: nick | Aug 16, 2004 4:27:26 PM

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