Thursday, August 7, 2008
It appears that the Australians are pegging the U. S. Team as "dirty players".
"We're used to playing against teams that are going to beat the crap out of us, because we are so good," said (Australian player Lauren) Jackson.
"People have to stop us somehow and that's the way they're going to stop us. People like Penny and myself and Belinda Snell you just can't let go to the basket because we'll kill people.
"So they're going to really stop us anyway that they can. And generally that's when black eyes and broken bones occur."
However, the U.S. players were unimpressed, choosing not to fan the flames before their opening game against the Czech Republic.
"Okay -- whatever!" shrugged American veteran Lisa Leslie, who will be attempting to win a fourth Olympic gold medal. "We gotta go get gold. Whatever it takes."
That was probably the best way to answer this criticism. I still remember this picture:
Hard to complain that your opponents aren't playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules when you've spent extended amounts of time marching around in army fatigues.