CHICAGO, August 3, 2012 – Every year there’s a new, sweeping headline about Team USA’s male basketball players, whether they’re a Dream Team, Redeem Team, Dreaming Team, or anything. They endure the glare and ever-present pressure of the media for being a Dream Team every four years, usually coming up with the gold and enduring hellfire should they fail, condemning the next Olympic team to be another Redeem Team.
Silly men, they could take a lesson from their counterparts, the women: don’t lose.
The USA’s women’s basketball team hasn’t lost a game in the Olympics since 1992, the same year that the men stole all of the thunder from every sport in Barcelona. They’ve been as dominant as one can be in any sport, and they’ve managed to keep their mouths shut throughout the experience as well.
The same could not be said for the men.
The women have lost a single game dating back to the 1988 games in Olympic play, while the men have lost four.
It would seem that the media are focusing on the wrong dominating USA basketball team, wouldn’t it?
It actually makes sense that the media stay away from the women, mostly because the women don’t say things like “we could beat the greatest basketball team ever assembled.” The women see how successful they are, but they also see that part of that success is staying hard-working and humble until the job is done.
The men could learn a thing or two from them in terms of shutting their mouths and speaking through their games.
The women, all the while maintaining a relatively low profile, have blasted through the first three games of their group play, with their closest game being an 81-56 demolition of Croatia. A relatively tough game against China awaits before the women probably blast their way through the elimination rounds en route to yet another gold medal.
This success isn’t a fluke, however, with Candace Parker, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and others leading a team that is as incredibly talented as any Olympic team. The team is stacked with Hall of Famers every Olympic Games, while the men were so excited to have one such team in 1992 that they hyped it up as one of the greatest moments that sports has ever seen.
So next time you see LeBron and Kobe talking about what they need to do better to win, shake your head at them for talking at all. They should be thinking these things to themselves, like the women, and calmly executing these improvements to win.
And for the love of the game, stop acting like you’re the most dominant thing the game has ever seen, they don’t even hold that title for these Games.
The women have that covered, and they won’t be relinquishing the title any time soon.
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