Archive for the ‘International Ball’ Category
You know, there’s nothing quite like a feeler in the middle of a promotional event sponsored by Coca-Cola to jump-start your day.
I can only image what both these gents are feeling right at the moment of clarity as they realize what just happened…
Liu Xiang: *thinking to himself* Holy shit…
Yao: *out loud* Damn right.
/potty Thursday humor…
So while this Tim Douchebagnaghy news is all over the place like Britney Spears’ cellulite, some of us REAL basketball fans still love the game. Word on the Streetz asks if anyone else remember that Team USA thing:
“Team USA? That’s the myth
we were told when we were kids
right? Haha yeah, sure, I’ll bet
that they win just as soon as
pigs can fly an F17.
“Oh sure, I love seeing how
some guy from Greece can hit
13 threes EVEN THOUGH
IT’S THREE FEET SHORTER!!
God that’s fucking annoying.”
“I think they’re being smart
this year: having more than
one token white guy out there
I mean– the other teams
just might confuse them with
their own players!”
Couple neat observations for your consideration:
- — where the hell did the guy come from?
— how is it that a mountain/volcano is that high above Earth?
— dude’s not even dunking it, he’s just chucking it downwards, that’s a 3 in my books
Okay, you saw one of the extras wearing a Michael Jordan Washington Wizards’ uni right? Damn straight you should be embarrassed by a Holden Barina.
*Blah-blah-Jorge Garbajosa, Pau Gasol not count because I got too lazy-Blah-Blah*
Watching the final game where Spain just grabbed the game by the balls against Greece it’s hard not to be happy for the champions. They played superbly against the reigning Euro Champs that just beat up Team USA. It was a joy to watch how great their defense was against their opponent and hustling like crazy on offence making all the right plays.
Then as the game wound down, seeing a weepy Pau overwhelmed with tears, you just gotta smile. So to wrap up this Sunday post extravaganza, as well as continue our coverage of the many / emotions that is The Gasol, I give you
In housekeeping news: I think I broke my categories-tag machine.. like woah. And there’s a minor surprise for readers tomorrow (hint: it’s nothing big… and it doesn’t have anything to do with money… come to think about it, it’s really anti-climatic actually..eh, come back anyway please 🙂 )
Well, it’s great that Spain kept their streak of making Argentina their bitc— little brother you can beat up without mom yelling at you. There’s this other thing…oooh yea, Team USA lost to Greece. I didn’t expect them to go down yet (I was looking at the Finals) but Greece really were sharp as a team.
There’s not much to add other than it’s not that big a deal. The players put together for Team USA were undoubtedly talented, of all the world, but that can’t be equated into a championship team just like that. The rest of the world learned how to play FIBA ball in their respective leagues for a decade. The NBA players and coaches on the other hand were too busy with the luxury of having 82 games slowly learning who their teammates are, taking little steps; just pacing for the playoffs. They were tuned for a marathon, not a sprint like this WCOB.
Sure I expected Team USA to be in the final match because of the stars there, but that line of thought’s gotta change. This ain’t ’92, ’94, where a group of spectacular athletes looking in a tournament with no knowledge of the opponents can roll all over lesser players. The rest of the world learned from those experiences and developed into great teams with great athletes in their own right.
Was it an upset? Not really, they were strangers to this international game from the outside looking in, thinking that with pure athleticism alone they can win. That didn’t happen, nor should it really.
(Pau Gasol mood watch: Joyous)
Okay okay… woah, title a little vague with the innuendo? WordPress.com, please don’t ban me.. this is strictly a PG-13/R/unrated site I swear!
Back on topic here: Guardian Unlimited has an article that talks about how Greece prefers that the rest of world still don’t recognize that they’re contenders.
However, Greece are more than happy to go into their semi-final as rank outsiders.
“It’s good like this,” smiled Greek guard Theodoros Papaloukas. “If things go wrong for them in the game they will get stressed.”
I doubt they will be stressed if they’re down in points. Team USA has proved, twice, they were able to be level headed about the situation and knew how to turn it on (big thanks to Melo).
“You do not want an open-court game with the U.S. because then it’s easy for them,” said Greece coach Panagiotis Yannakis.
That’s actually great to hear them acknowledge the strenght of how Dwyane Wade, Carmelo and Lebron get going–by simply out running you. Yet it’s easier said then done. I still haven’t seen the Greece vs. France game (maybe if I have a chance today I’ll look into that) but hopefully tomorrow’s game they will be able to execute their signature defense. That’s all I ask for really, for the opposition to have lockdowns on the US. It’s doubtful that they’ll be successful, but I still want it to happen. Why? Just so that it raises the quality of the game. I don’t just want them to roll past everyone where the other side just gives up after 3 quarters.
What’s that you say? There’s more actual real NBA news going on? Don Nelson is back? (pfft, nothing I can say comes close to the folks over at GSoM) Latrell Sprewell has gone insane? (Bah, one trick pony) Iverson’s detail taking other kids’ lunch money? (Actually, I might have something with this later..)
See, we here at the Unrelatedless Ranch don’t really have priority, in anything really. Just basically a stream of consciousness type of affair. And therein lies the magic!
Greece happy to be outsiders [Guardian Unlimited]
Full disclosure before this game gets started: I’ve only seen Chapters 1-5 from last year’s weird “phenomenon” (which is why the joke is a bit stale).
Annnyyyways. Good morning y’all, this is a great way for me to get a head start in the day as after the game I’m heading straight out with the advantage of having the whole day ahead of me. That’s assuming I don’t collaspe from exhaustion of waking up at this zombie hour.