The U.S. Men's Basketball squad has had a reasonably easy go of it over the first three games of the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Mike Krzyzewski's squad had won by an average of nearly 36 points per game, though they did struggle more than expected against Turkey. They won yesterday, 98-71, over an outmanned New Zealand squad. The Tall Blacks did, however, leave the Americans with a unique memory. And to the U.S. team's credit, despite a few confused looks, the majority of the squad honored the haka in the spirit in which it's offered. (Hat tip to the Zman for this one.)
Speaking of basketball in this, the time of Lord Football's return, FOG:TB Mike Litos penned a great piece yesterday about VCU senior Treveon Graham's growth on and off the court. Graham needs 604 points this season to surpass Eric Maynor as the school's all-time leading scorer. Also in VCU milestones (it's like we've adopted the Rams as our secondary rooting interest, isn't it?), senior point guard Briante Weber needs 90 steals to break former Providence great John Linehan's all-time NCAA Division I career record.
There's a new New Pornographers record out. It's predictably awesome, if you dig massively hooky pop.
If you like quirky, sometimes longform sportswriting, and you don't mind spending at least some of your time exasperated by a shitty user interface, you might enjoy The Cauldron. This piece yesterday about how Leeds United's social media team cocked up the Premier League transfer window deadline amused me.
|Those jerseys, though|
to seek out a Fenerbahce t-shirt on the internet.
Bet you didn't know that Jose Altuve is leading the American League in batting average and hits, and in the top ten in stolen bases. I am almost exactly one Altuve tall.
Finally, a new restaurant just opened in my little town, and it's owned by the friend of FOG:TB Mr. KQ (FOFOG:TB?). If you're ever in the neighborhood, holler at me and we'll stop into the Leesburg Public House. We'll tell 'em Ken sent us.