Hoops, snacks and a boy with a funny name; we've got it all
So we’ve got half the field set for the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball tournament and it underscores the big point: There aren’t enough teams in it for it to be considered the most significant tournament on the planet.
So far we’ve got Britain (hosts), the United States (world champions) along with Brazil and Argentina (FIBA Americas), Australia (FIBA Oceania) and Tunisia (FIBA Africa).
There’ll be two more from the European championships, one from the Asia championships and three from next year’s final qualifier, wherever it’s held.
Now, I understand that the Olympics are truly a global event and probably too big for their own good right now but until they expand the tournament to at least 16 teams, and 18 or 20 would be even better, it’s going to be second to the world championships and maybe even third behind the worlds and EuroBasket for true basketball fans.
I’ve talked to a lot of players over the years who share that opinion, they realize the basketball – men and women – tend to get lost in the Olympics, where the tournaments truly are lost in the spectacle that is the Games.
I know FIBA has made a proposal to the IOC to increase the number of teams without increasing the length of the tournaments and until that idea gets the blessing of the big shots at the Olympics, it’s still going to be worlds, EuroBasket and the Olympics in everyone’s pecking order.
Speaking of …
You saw that Argentina did the expected, rallied late and beat Brazil to win the FIBA Americas tournament, right? If there was a dead solid lock in any basketball tournament anywhere in the world this summer, that was it. No way they were losing and, as a few people have suggested, if they did somehow manage to be upset, they’d just declare the result null and void and play ‘til they won.
Oh, we had all kinds of stuff left from the weekend since we went in a bit of a different direction yesterday including one saved file that’s called “food mail.”
Q: Well you did the top 5 cereals list, I think then you need to do a Top 5 chocolate bars list. Mine have changed over the years I eat one for awhile then switch but my top 5 are Eat-more, Big Turk, Crispy Crunch, Crunchie, Turtles and there are none I must admit I truly dislike.
Doug B, Toronto
A: Oh, my man, I fear we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.
I’ve got, in no particular order,
Those little bubbles are cute.
The bar, not the club. Besides, we’re a red and white country and the wrapper makes me feel patriotic.
Just the right level of goo-iness.
Or, alternatively, Milky Way if I’m south of the 49th parallel.
Speaking of the Olympics, you’ll notice that neither Turkey nor Germany have any chance of being there, right?
Not sure it’s a big surprise that Germany didn’t make the quarter-finals, I know Dirk’s really good and Kaman helps but that was a longshot entirely.
That they couldn’t even get out of the second round after finishing second in the world and with a roster chock full of NBAers was a big surprise to many. Goes to show you, I guess, the value of playing at home.
Remember a week or so ago when we did cover tunes and we had a list that was pretty good?
Well, seems there was one a lot of you liked that I wasn’t sure I’d heard, either in its original or in the remake.
And since it was eight years ago today that Johnny Cash died …
Yes, that’s poignant.
This is fun.
They wrapped up the first world three-on-three basketball championships over in Italy on Sunday – Canadian men were seventh and the women eighth – and by all accounts it was a rousing success.
Not sure how much any of you know about the game, it’s like Basketball On Speed, two five-minute halves and a 10-second shot clock, and it seems to be a darling of the Global Basketbal Bigwigs.
I imagine they’ll try to press the IOC to eventually get it into the Olympics, where it will be to hoops what beach volleyball is in that sport.
And while the results were good for the teams, Dyshawn Pierre of Whitby won the inaugural dunk contest that was part of the weekend.
So, had a wee bit of a delay in getting the first Gridiron Monday thing up on the web, it seems, but if Cathal does something like this on Sundays and then I do something like this on Mondays, what do you think?
I don’t mind the branching to mock, comment, push limits but wonder if anyone really cares?