IS THIS THE USA OLYMPIC WBB TEAM OR UCONN ALL-STARS?
The term "jingoism" means extreme patriotism. Often used to describe the extreme loyality or patriotism one feels for a country or cause.
"Genoism" The head USA Olympic women's basketball coach starting four ex-Huskies against the USA Select team in their final exhibition tune up before hitting the world's competition.
Is Sue Byrd, at age 34, the best point guard in the United States? I think Asia Durr is faster and much more exciting to watch. Is Diana Taurasi attached to her hip? She was 1-7 from the "three". Bring in Arica Carter...she's been shooting better than that and has a great smile.
Yes, I know. They've had very few practices together and Geno is just trying to find a cohesive group right now. The 88-84 win close...but this was the Harlem Globetrotters against the New York Generals. No one expected USA Olympics to lose. They didn't. It may be the closest game they'll experience in their brief formation.
Don't get me wrong, all are WNBA stars. Five of the twelve just happened to play for UConn. The average age of the squad is 30.
|"If I'd gome to UConn, I'd be out there now"|
All told, there are probably over 100 players Geno and the crew could have picked from that could go to Rio and win the gold for the USA.
And that is, ultimately, the objective. Get the Gold for the USA. Doesn't matter if it's JMU, TCU, WKU or UConn athletes out there. It's America's team.
A buddy and I were talking last night, hypothesizing...about a 12 player UofL WBB team in the Olympics. We're going with Angel McCoughtry, Asia Taylor, Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore, Sara Hammond, Mo Reid, Asia Durr, Arica Carter, Cortnee Walton, Nita Slaughter, Becky Burke and Briahanna Jackson. I bet we'd get a medal in Olympic competition.
I'm calling our mayor Greg Fischer immediately and suggest we declare our independence and become the principality of Louahvul. It's not too late to get this team and other Olympic sports together. We'd do well in swimming. Emmonnie Henderson and Jere Summers could throw field events. Dan McDonnell could take the baseball team down there. The time is now, fellow Louisvillians!
Maybe Geno, who will probably still be around and winning in 2020, should suggest that Connecticut withdraw from the United States so he can stock a roster of 12 former and current UConn players for the Olympics that year.
Finally, wouldn't it be nice to see five former UofL players on the 2020 Olympics basketball squad? Or five Cards in the WNBA in 2020?
Have a great Wednesday!