August 03, 2004

Not the kind of firsts they wanted: : US men lose an exhibition game to Italy, 95-78 -- first ever loss in an exhibition game and most lopsided defeat since they started using NBA players.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 03:43 PM - 30 comments

Just today I was talking with a friend who declared "there is not point to watching Olympic basketball because we always win." I think this year, he'll have a reason to watch.

posted by insomnyuk at 04:44 PM on August 03

In every sappy sports movie I've seen, they have to lose their first game. Then this ragtag group of ballers will finally begin to gel from Larry Brown's unorthodox teaching methods, culminating in the ultimate defeat of their arch rivals at Cobra Kai Karate School.

posted by Stan Chin at 04:45 PM on August 03

Sure, Stan. But first Tatum O'Neal has to somehow start at center, and they might want to replace Larry Brown with Bill Murray, who might not know squat about b-ball but he can sure give a mean halftime speech.

posted by chicobangs at 06:36 PM on August 03

... in the ultimate defeat of their arch rivals at Cobra Kai Karate School. I thought it was the Soviet hockey team.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:48 PM on August 03

And they can practive waxing their $$$$$ cars on and off in the meantime to learn ball-handling skills.

posted by jmd82 at 07:29 PM on August 03

Bill Murray knows plenty about B-Ball, he co-starred with MJ and BB in Space Jam!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:07 PM on August 03

...MJ and BB... See how you had to spell Bill Murray's name out? With the true greats, like BB and MJ, you don't have to say anything. We just know who they are. Two letters is plenty. Bill Murray, not so much. I mean, jeez. He didn't even stay for the second Charlie's Angels movie, fergodsake. How good can he be? (Although I don't remember Barry Bonds, Bobby Brown or Billy Barty actually being in Space Jam, still, I'm with you, BST. *winks, makes the cocking-gun thing with his fingers*)

posted by chicobangs at 09:33 PM on August 03

What did they expect? Remember the last time a few of these guys got together and tried to play defense?

posted by corpse at 07:54 AM on August 04

And the contention will continue as the team wins only one of four at home, and drops the first game in the Soviet Union. They'll redeem themselves by grinding out close victories in the next few games, but the series is won by Paul Henderson's goal with 34 seconds left in the final game.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:04 AM on August 04

Yay for Dr.JE's CanCon!

posted by grum@work at 09:17 AM on August 04

See how you had to spell Bill Murray's name out? Well, if it helps, I ALWAYS think "BM" when I think of Bill Murray...

posted by rushmc at 10:25 AM on August 04

good ol' BM. Can't go more than a day without ya.

posted by garfield at 11:36 AM on August 04

Garf, you need to watch Lost in Translation, after which you will have no trouble going several days without.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:53 PM on August 04

you didn't like Bill's performance? LIT was the anti-oscar picture of the year, imho. and I was actually referencing an acronym my mother uses when she takes her dog for a walk.

posted by garfield at 01:03 PM on August 04

Bill Murray was great in Lost in Translation, but I think my fascination with the movie has a lot to do with Scarlett Johansson. Those lips! LIT is one of those films people seem to love or hate... I liked the music, the way I got a look at Japanese culture, the unrequited love(?), Bill Murray's exchange with the poker-faced sushi chef... I could go on.

posted by dusted at 01:34 PM on August 04

The USA Men's basketball team beat Germany. Barely, but they won.

posted by NoMich at 04:06 PM on August 04

Bear in mind that it was a last second three-pointer from midcourt and Germany didn't even qualify for the Olympics this year. Things aren't looking too promising for the Dream Team.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:10 PM on August 04

garfield, dusted, put me down in the hate camp. Sure there were some funny bits, always are in a Murray movie, but overall I thought it was amateur hour and not in a good way.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:36 PM on August 04

garfield, dusted, put me down in the hate camp. Sure there were some funny bits, always are in a Murray movie, but overall I thought it was amateur hour and not in a good way. I'm with you. I could barely make it through that whinefest.

posted by NoMich at 05:38 PM on August 04

The final straw for me were the mic in view behind BM's head and the fake elevator. Sofia, sweetie, your Dad's a great and professional director, your cousin is a top star and producer and yet you couldn't manage the simple bits?

posted by billsaysthis at 06:39 PM on August 04

'Sfunny: we had a 50/50 split here on the couch when we watched it. I loved it. Best moment was Bill Murray's response to why Asians interchange "R" and "L": "For laughs . . . we're not cracking them up." As for the boom mic . . .

posted by yerfatma at 07:28 PM on August 04

I was just reading an article somewhere (metafilter, boingboing?) saying that boom mics showing up in the film are usually the fault of the projectionist, not the filmmaker. Like I said, there are no fence-straddlers with this one... love or hate. OK - found it: Ask Metafilter thread about boom mics showing up in The Village.

posted by dusted at 07:35 PM on August 04

OOPS. Late again.

posted by dusted at 07:36 PM on August 04

I didn't see LiT in a college campus theater, I paid real money. The studio spends several million dollars to make these films, as far as I'm concerned they can spend a few more and get this shit right.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:08 PM on August 04

You better read this caption now before they find their typo.

posted by NoMich at 10:54 AM on August 05


posted by dusted at 11:17 AM on August 05

They fixed it. Thanks for getting that dusted.

posted by NoMich at 12:57 PM on August 05

Oh shit, that is funny NoMich!

posted by billsaysthis at 01:09 PM on August 05

Thanks for getting that dusted. I'm a game-winning shitter!

posted by dusted at 01:23 PM on August 05

Since when did the Yahoo editorial staff go gangsta?! A.I hit that game winning shit yo! Someone email chauncey billups and let him know that Yahoo is biting on his gig.

posted by lilnemo at 07:07 PM on August 05

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