Team USA Basketball Shatters Records

It was an absolute shooting spectacle to behold.

On Thursday, August 2, 2012, Team USA shot a blistering 71% from all points of the court to throttle Nigeria, 156-73, and set several team and individual Olympic and US records that may well stand for years to come.

The first one set was at half-time, where Team USA had run up an Olympic record 78 points, 49 of which came in the first quarter, led by All Star Kobe Bryant with 14 of his 16 points.

Carmelo Anthony beat the individual Olympic scoring mark with 37 points, by hitting 13 of 16 shots (81%), in just over 14 minutes of action, with 10 of 12 (83%) launched behind the arc.

Photo By MIKE SEGAR/Reuters

The 156 total stripped the high-point title from Brazil, set in their 1988 victory over Egypt, when they had scored 138. The previous high by a US team was by the Dream team, in 1992, when they scored 127, twice.

As well, the high score was set without LeBron James or Kobe Bryant playing in the 2nd half (and only 10:43 total each in the 1st half), and Melo being yanked from the 3rd quarter, after he dropped his 10th 3-pointer, and only 14:29 total playing time.

The honor of hitting the shot that beat Brazil’s record fell to Andre Iguodala, who nailed a 3-pointer with 4:37 left in the game.

There were US records set as well, by the 2012 team: 3-pointers made (26), field goals made (59) and field goal percentage (71%), as well as margin of victory, winning by 83 points.

The Thursday night performance by team USA has been callled, among other things, a shooting clinic. It was definitely that, and more.

Russell Westbrook scored 21 points on 8 shots, while Kevin Durant snagged 14 and Kevin Love 15 on 9 shots each and Deron Williams took 6 shots for his 13 points. Meanwhile, #1 NBA draft pick, Anthony Davis went 4 for 4 coming up with 9 points.

As the Black Mamba said, “When we get hot, it’s a big problem.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

Congrats to Team USA and, especially, to Melo.

Over For Now.

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Lakers or Clippers? Promises To Be A Wild NBA Year In Los Angeles

The NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets block of the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers was followed, two days later, with CP3 heading to Los Angeles anyway. To the Clippers.

Those particular moves started a lot of talk, not just the conspiracy theory kind, but because the Purple & Gold got rid of Lamar Odom and the Clippers also added vets Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and Reggie Evans to play alongside of Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin.

And while the exhibition on Monday night was just that, an exhibition game, it did show that the Clippers, who won 114-95, may have what it takes to be a contending team in the Western Conference.

Considering the depth that the Lakers lost and the depth the Clippers gained the City of Angeles may not be a one-basketball-team town anymore. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and company will definitely have to work at staying in the top spot.

The Clippers do have a lot to prove. Since moving to sunny Southern California 17 years ago they have advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs just once while the Lakers own 16 NBA titles, 2 in the last 3 years.

It definitely promises to be fun in Los Angeles basketball land this year.

Over For Now.

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The Mighty Macs of Immaculata College

During the time when John Wooden and his UCLA Bruins were dominating NCAA men’s basketball, winning 10 championships between 1964 and 1975, women’s collegiate basketball began to blossom in 1971, with the start of a competition to crown a women’s championship team.

Through the efforts of coach Cathy Rush at Immaculata College (now University), and a few dedicated people who assisted her, the hoopsters at Immaculata began their winning ways that inaugural year of the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) tournament by garnering the first of a three-peat performance, capturing the #1 spot during the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons.

The team also made the Finals at the AIAW championships the next two seasons and the Final Four in 1977, during Ms. Rush’s final year of coaching.

Many cite the emergence of the “Mighty Macs” as the birth of women’s collegiate basketball. With Cathy Rush at the helm those six seasons, the team amassed a 149-15 record (a .909 winning percentage) and that notation seems very well deserved.

As with many important or touching sporting events or seasons a feature film has been produced based on the true story, against all odds that there would even be a team or a court to play on, of that first winning season.

The honor role of the Mighty Macs includes: Head Coach Cathy Rush and players Janet Ruch Boltz, Denise Conway Crawford, Janet Young Eline, Theresa Shank Grentz, Nancy Johnston, Barbara Deuble Kelly, Tina Krah, Patricia Mulhern Loughran, Judy Marra Martelli, Maureen Mooney, Sue Forsyth O’Grady, Patricia Opila, Rene Muth Portland, Betty Ann Hoffman Quinn, Mary Scharff, Marianne Crawford Stanley, Maureen Stuhlman and Marie Liguori Williams.

The film opens October 21 and should ably depict how determination and conviction can turn what seems to be an absolutely hopeless situation into the path to success by chasing one’s dreams.

The Immaculata team history may be viewed at: The Real Mighty Macs

Anyone interested in sports history is sure to enjoy this film.

Over For Now.

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Classic TV ad – Larry Bird vs Michael Jordan

One of the greatest ads ever shown on television.

NBA All Stars Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, where Bird challenges Jordan to a game of H-O-R-S-E with the winner eating Jordan’s McDonald’s meal and the loser watching.

Not much else to say, other than it is fun to watch.

Over For Now.

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