Yahoo!Sports sucks. What a joke of a publisher and what kind of crap is this spin about the USA v. Nigeria game? I mean, who the heck expects a close game between Nigeria and the USA?
But this story is a real laugher. On this blog, we often talk about media bias.
Well, the "blame the USA" crowd is really out on this story!
Adrian Wojnarowski really takes the cake with the headline of:
"Team USA routs Nigeria by 83 points; Coach K irked at accusation of running up the score"
Makes it sound like the USA sucks because we're sore winners right?
Then the first paragraph:
"LONDON – After the United States was done delivering the most devastating defeat in the history of Olympic basketball, a 156-73 obliteration of Nigeria, USA coach Mike Krzyzewski sniffed over the suggestion that the Americans had gone too far in an 83-point humiliation of a fledgling African program."
"humiliation of a fledgling African program"? Well, it IS the Olympics my friend. And, WE are playing for a medal.
And, then comes the violin playing crap from Yahoo!Sports:
"It was uneven, unpleasant and a reminder of the gap between the United States and most of the world when the Americans are resolved and relentless. The superstars kept coming in waves upon waves on Nigeria, whose players became more spectators than participants in the devastating defeat. The United States had 49 points after a quarter, 78 at halftime, and Nigeria let itself become innocent bystanders."
Nevertheless, a question in the postgame news conference about the U.S. running up the score stiffened Krzyzewski, inspiring him to respond with marked defiance.
"We didn't play LeBron [James] and Kobe [Bryant] in the second half, and with Carmelo shooting like that, we benched him," Krzyzewski said. "We didn't take any fast breaks in the fourth quarter, and we played all zone. You have to take a shot every 24 seconds, and the shots we took happened to be hit.
"I take offense to this question because there's no way in the world that our program in the United States sets out to humiliate anyone."
Here's some facts from the same story (interlaced between the editorial crap)
"The United States had been a day off of practice on Wednesday and responded crisp and sharp and determined to exploit that three-point line that sits a foot-and-a-half shorter than the NBA's."
"Anthony's performance was spectacular, making 13 of 16 shots – including 10 of 12 on three-pointers – in 14 minutes on the floor."
Do the math Yahoo! - 10 x 3 = 30, 3x2=6, Carmelo Anthony alone scored 36 points.