Where did this dude get his playbook from? Trump’s brain? Why NBC didn’t show the opening ceremony live, and its explanation is eyebrow-raising
John Miller, NBC’s chief marketing officer, seems to say that delaying the broadcast is OK because women don’t care about the results:
“The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and miniseries wrapped into one. And to tell the truth, it has been the complaint of a few sportswriters. It has not been the complaint of the vast viewing public.”
Taking a deep breath….
Basketball is on starting at 11AM EST
Turkey v. France – could be a good one, especially if the Turkish team can carry forward the chutzpah they mustered during the 2014 Worlds.
Speaking of which: France, Turkey use hoops to heal their nations after attacks
For players on both teams, being at the Summer Olympics in Rio offers a respite from what’s happening at home — and a chance to show the world a united front.
“In France, we started to lose faith in people,” French center Isabelle Yacoubou said. “I hope these Olympics will show people how we can come back together. We are all here together. It’s not like some French, because you’re black or white, are against other French people. We are all French and fighting for the country. I hope this little time, we will find some joy and try to forget these bad moments.”
Carolina fans may not immediately recognize the name Lara Sanders when they see it on the roster for the Turkey women’s basketball team. But they will certainly recognize the game when Sanders and her adopted countrywomen take the court starting Saturday in pursuit of the country’s first Olympic basketball medal.
Brazil v. Australia – we’ve ignored Brazil for a while… which makes me sad.
Belarus v. Japan – watch for the WNBAers on the team, stay for possible WNBA draft picks.
China v. Canada – first game, first step for the Canadians in their quest for a medal
During the London Olympics in 2012, when Canada Basketball’s Senior Women’s National Team made its long-awaited return to the Summer Games, Kia Nurse was in training camp with the Junior Women’s National Team, preparing for that summer’s FIBA World U17 Championship.
When the SWNT played, Kia would gather with her teammates to watch on TV, cheering on the Olympians and dreaming she too could one day compete on sport’s greatest stage.
But never did the 20-year-old phenomenon from Hamilton believe it would come this soon.
In case you’re interested: MEET THE FEMALE COACHES HEADING UP THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AT RIO 2016…
Three Olympic gold medals later, Sue Bird is asked the question.
Do they get more difficult to win?
“Yes and no,” the United States women’s basketball captain told CBC Sports ahead of the Rio Games. “When you’re young … and you’re just playing basketball, you can be a little bit more free.
“Now that I’m older … and I know what other teams are going to do, it definitely makes me think more. [It] probably adds a little more pressure, so I don’t know if it gets easier.”
FYI: For AP Coverage, keep track of @DougFeinberg and @TeresaMWalker
BTW: OMG, great punking of the IOC
Wednesday’s news that Robin Selvig has stepped down as head coach of the Montana Lady Griz basketball program was stunning for friends and foes.
And family, too.
“I’ve known about it for awhile, but it’s still a shocker,” said Carly Selvig, the niece of the legendary UM coach who played for him a few years ago. “Now that it’s out, it’s hitting hard. Crazy.”
It was announced on the UM website Wednesday afternoon that Selvig, 63, is ending a 38-year run as Lady Griz coach.
Krista Redpath was one of several Great Falls girls who went to UM to play for Selvig. If they thought they were getting just a basketball coach, they were mistaken.
“He extends so much further than the basketball court,” Redpath said. “Other than my dad, he’s been the most influential basketball person in my life, and if there’s ever a question in my life about anything that’s going on, Rob has always been the first person I go for advice.”
Because he’s a genuinely nice guy.
Perhaps not so nice to line up against, though.