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Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 at 7:37 pm  |  23 responses

Newsflash: the US women are really good, too.

By Ben Osborne

They beat up on Australia to win their fourth straight gold medal. I watched most of the game and was pretty entertained. A couple of notes: Candace’s handle—not to mention the rest of her game—is dope. Seimone is nice. I’m bored of Lisa Leslie but she does play hard. Mike Breen annoyed me less during this game than he does during men’s games. Ann Meyers used to be married to Dodger great Don Drysdale. Khalid basically predicted all this success in our special Olympic issue. Better buy it before it’s gone!

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  • B. Long

    Great Job Chicas!

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Great Basketball game, dominant performance by Lawson, Candace and Fowles. Congrats

  • Michelle

    Its about time someone recognized!! Diana Taurasi along with all the other USA women such as Tina Thompson and Sue Bird are amazing and don’t get nearly enough recognition from SLAM as they diserve. Keep it up girls congrats on where u got so far !! Keep representing all women players !

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    As an aussie, the opals played disgraceful. Jan Stirling was sh*thouse. Batkovic=Kwame Brown, Lauren got no help offensively ( 20 and 10). We have 2 shoot first point guards aged 33 and 36 ( Harrower and Bevilaqua) and Phillips ( much better shooter and younger, more athletic and a better decision maker) got NO time almost the whole Olympics.

    Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor wont be around for 2012. Jackson’s body is breaking down and Taylor is retiring from internationals in 2010.

    Which means 1. Australia doesnt have any superstars in the making for the future. 2. The youth players aren’t getting time on the international stage, which means a lack of development. 3. Jan Stirling is a sh*t coach. She was never pro-active even in the pool rounds and allowed other teams to do whatever they wanted. She made AWFUL substitutions throughout and played people that couldn’t match up at all. eg. Tina Thompson on Penny Taylor twice in the block. wtf. Hopefully Stirlings old, wrinkled @ss is off the bench for the commonwealth games. Free Karen Dolton!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Mike Miller wasnt on the team, so i dont care.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    lmao @ BETCATS.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    i wasnt aware that they won four in a row. there isnt much competition out there with womens hoops. or with mens hoops either.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chicagosky hoop

    It surprised me that the USA handled the Aussies with such ease. I really would have liked to see this matchup with a healthy Penny Taylor and a healthy Lauren Jackson (…wait, is LJ EVER healthy?). Anyway, congrats to the USA women on their 4th consecutive gold! Go USA!

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    J-Kidd my a$$! Lloy Ball is fing amazing. Congratulations to the US volleyball team that won the gold medal!

  • T. Crook

    Come on Ben O., how can you be bored of LL when all she does is win, lead and teach? She still has game (look at the numbers) and she plays good D. Don’t forget Tina T in the mix, both LL & TT will hang up the USA after this so we need to appreciate. The team will be in great hands but will they be like our men had been in recent history until the mature?

    It’s 5am so I have to get a 1/2 hour of sleep before I get up and get ready for church. zzzzzzzzzz

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Ahahahaha I can always count on BETCATS to say something ridiculous and funny.. Props to the USA women.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I heart Candace Parker. One day she will come to her senses and look Shelden Williams in the face and then run faster than she ever has.

  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    Nothing to redeem over here. Argentina, where yo ladies at?

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Congrats ladies!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Tad, then she will look at you and run back to Sheldon.

  • Michelle

    soo deffinitly a bigg your an ASS to BETCATS, u should deff start to recognize the men are good but the women are just as good and this is their fourth straight time going for gold in the olympics…dont be so closed minded

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ah shut up a your face Michelle, betcats is funny.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    A Male D3 college could probably beat the USA Womens team. At least a HS team like Oakhill College would or St. Patricks. If you think thats too unrealistic then an average D league team would definitely beat them.

  • buggsie7_aus

    Lisa Leslie is an arrogant bitch. The way she got up on the podium with her three other gold medals wrecked the good reputation the US had made for it self during the Olympics.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yeh, her and Boozer against the Australians as well buggsie. Apart from those two ( and Melo once or twice against Scola/Nocioni) the Americans held themselves up to a very high standard as international representatives.

  • m&m

    Michelle, how are you going to say the women are just as good as the men? I enjoyed watching the USA Women’s team but most of them have the athletic ability of a male in junior high. Women can shine playing against other women but average male players will shut them down and they’d be completely embarrassed by elite male players.

    I’d love to see USA Women’s team play an average boy’s HS squad. Candace Parker got game 4 real (she’s one of the few females players that’s exciting to watch), but I don’t know how she’s respond with the kind of physical play males can bring.

    With all that being said…USA Women did the damn thang and got the job done while making it look easy! Congrats ladies…

  • Michelle

    m&m, totally get where u come from w/ the whole women can’t hold up to men in a game, its tru cuz theyre weaker then men athletically, but girls got game! Players like candace parker and diana taurasi play like men, they are aggrasive and totally hardcore WNBA players. What i ment by the women are just as good as the men is that they can play hard and come home w/ a medal as well, and not alot of people can recognize that.

  • Michelle

    and to Hursty, any guy that be so closed minded as to agree that b/c there women they can’t play as well as men is totally rediculous to say…but thats just one persons opinion

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