Team U.S.A. stands on the podium after receiving their gold medals for their… (Harry E. Walker / MCT )
Thank you for not one, but two articles chronicling the U.S. men's basketball team's courageous climb to the gold medal. Such an unexpected and hard-fought victory deserves expanded coverage like this.
In a related story, I beat my 3-year-old son at tennis, 6-0,6-0.
Combine the new-look Lakers with the NBA champion Miami Heat and what do you have? A team that would have a hard time getting past Lithuania in the Olympics.
I think Bill Plaschke watched too much rhythmic gymnastics .Somehow he paired LeBron James and Mike Krzyzewski as two of basketball's most polarizing figures . He justifies categorizing the coach in this manner with some gibberish about "the message of the power of the student athlete " and 'Duke's holier than thou hubris."
Come again? Krzyzewski runs a clean, consistently successful program and is about as controversial as Mother Teresa.
Did anyone notice when USA players got the gold medal, it was on a purple ribbon ? A good sign of things to come for the Lakers.
Hail to the American women of the Olympics! No matter the outcome, they were excited to be there. They were exciting to listen to and, most importantly, they were exciting to watch.
Rodney K. Boswell
The U.S. Olympic team has performed spectacularly well, and as a woman I am especially proud of the success of the women athletes. My 9-year-old grandson and I were in the waiting room at the doctor's office recently and watched a part of the volleyball match between Brazil and the USA. The people sitting around us chuckled when Jack turned to me and said, "Grandma, don't you think those ladies' swimsuits are way too small?"
While Title IX has helped to develop many collegiate women's sports programs, it has also caused the breakdown of those same programs for men.
Because of Title IX, hundreds of colleges have had to cut men's soccer, track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming and diving programs while offering those same sports to women. The elimination of developmental programs for men has resulted in fewer Olympic medals in the very men's sports that colleges had to eliminate.
Title IX robs many men of opportunities, often due to the quota needed to play football, which ironically is the very sport that subsidizes women's sports that make little revenue. Consequently, men are being asked to subsidize their own discrimination. Men deserve the same athletic programs as women, especially when men's sports are bringing in the revenue that pays for them.
Someone should have told volleyballers Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal that there was absolutely no need for wearing baseball caps for a night match, not to mention wearing them backward. Perhaps they may have won had they not been enslaved to such a juvenile, functionless, ridiculous "fashion statement" so common of U.S. high-schoolers, collegians, street thugs and barflies. I'd like to think their Latvian opponents — who looked every bit like real Olympic athletes — perceived their opponents as not much more than two posers more interested in getting back to a London pub and pounding down suds with friends.
Your count of U.S. Olympic medals ignores the fact that we have a far greater population than most. Our athletes got lots of medals, but it works out to about one-third of a medal per million Americans. The athletes from Great Britain got about one medal per million citizens, the Germans about two. Grenada, with a population of just over 100,000, got one gold, which calculates to about 10 per million citizens — about 30 times as good a record as ours.
Our athletes are entitled to celebrate their wins, but they don't mean that the U.S. is the best at creating world-beating athletes.
Arthur O. Armstrong
I was in London four years ago during the Beijing Olympics and I was in London for 10 days during this year's Games. The BBC knows how to air the Games. From the first event until the last, it is broadcast live. You can choose what event you want to see and you can watch it in its entirety. You can watch every jump of track and field, every punch of boxing, every leap of equestrian.
NBC can learn from this and perhaps start listening.
First, let me say I love watching sports, and enjoyed playing softball, basketball and volleyball. NBC's coverage of the Olympic sports was not of the same caliber as the sports shown and the young athletes competing.
I have a solution for David Macaray of Rowland Heights, who complains about the Olympics: [Letters, Aug. 11]: Change the channel!