If there’s one thing America does well, it’s kicking ass. The other thing we do well? Kicking ass when revenge is on the line. In this case, today is the 38th anniversary of the biggest screw job in sports history, as the U.S. men’s basketball team was robbed of the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics when terrible officiating gave Russia a 51-50 win. As a result, the U.S. players refused to accept their silver medals, but it cemented our country’s status as the most beloved in the world forever*.
Earlier this week, Russian coach David Blatt twisted the icy sickle of commie pinko memories when he told reporters that he sincerely believes there was no screw job and Russia wholeheartedly deserved that gold medal. Whatever you say, Boris. Better get back in line for bread and toilet paper, because Team USA sprayed glasnost all over Blatt’s face this afternoon with an 89-79 win over Russia. Leading the way on the court was Kevin Durant, but it was Mike Krzyzewski who provided the real weapons in this cold war.
Make Lenin spin in his embalmed grave with some video after the jump, Coach K:
In case your Russian employer won’t let you watch the video, here’s a recap:
“He’s (Blatt) a Russian. You know, he coaches the Russian team, so he probably has that viewpoint, and his eyes are clearer now because there are no tears in them.
“So, it’s great. Whatever he thinks, he thinks. It really has absolutely no bearing on what we’re trying to do tomorrow. Absolutely none.”
Apparently Blatt’s inspirational words did more to fuel his team’s mortal enemy than they did to inspire his players. Looks like he needs to go back to Moscow University and take another course in trash-talking. What’s that? He went to Princeton? Born and raised in Massachusetts, you say? Well Uncle Sam is my GM and he says if you coach in Russia then you can hop in your submarine and take your happy ass back to Russia. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
*OK, maybe a few people don’t like America.
(Video via Sports By Brooks)