By petedirenzo
Wednesday, August 06, 2008

So, I'm trying to figure out which is the greater sin: the U.S. men's basketball team getting drubbed during international competition in recent years, or the awful showings of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in golf? Which is the larger sporting shortcoming? Some might say it's hoops because the game was invented here. Others might say it's golf since we've had that Tiger guy and that Phil guy playing for the Yanks. I wonder if the U.S. hoops team will have an easier time in Beijing than the Americans will have in Louisville?
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press blames it on a lack of camaraderie: "The Americans lose the Ryder Cup because they lack the Europeans' joie de vivre. The Europeans play as though they truly enjoy being in each other's company; the Americans co-exist like somebody counting away the minutes until that houseguest who has overextended his stay finally leaves."
What do you think has been the problem for the Americans, and which is worse -- losing in Olympic basketball or the Ryder Cup?

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