USA basketball is in China, doing their thing in some mock Olympics with just basketball. World Championships or something of that ilk. Chris Sheridan is a writer for ESPN.com, now I can’t tell you whether he is a GOOD writer, because his name usually resides next to a little ESPN Insider logo, but I can say a couple things on what he has written about this USA Basketball team…
Where Sheridan has a player from the 1960s, who was still in college for the Olympics, give advice based on his experience.
Sheridan: Team USA off to an encouraging start
“Team USA needs to get proper rest, writes Chris Sheridan, because the road to redemption will be a grueling one.”
The Latest column from Chris Sheridan…
“Ten reasons Team USA won’t win the gold”
He did have one encouraging column in there for his month+ covering this team…
Seriously, I might be taking things out of context, in that maybe the articles aren’t that negative themselves, but this is a bit ridiculous. I know Andy Katz is going to praise the hell out of the team and I’m sure Dick Vitale wrote something about how this is the best coached USA Basketball team ever, but this isn’t exactly balance.
Unfortunately, this kind of crap is par for the course with ESPN these days.
Sheridan gets to sit back and when USA wins the gold, he can tell the World how they were expected to win and clearly going to win…because they are USA and we occasionally do this basketball thing RIGHT. But, that’s not what Sheridan is waiting for, because that would be the norm. No, Sheridan is waiting for this team to fail so he can write one final column on this team. I’ll headline it now…
WORLD NOT DOMINATED BY HUMBLE AND NOT SO CAUTIOUS USA TEAM THAT WAS UNABLE TO FIND REDEMPTION.
Subtitled: I told you so, by Chris Sheridan. I am GREAT at this predictions thing.
That’s all he is waiting for. And you need to go no further then the start of his ten reasons article to know that this is what Sheridan plans on doing:
“The talent is there, but the experience is not. The will is there, but the wisdom is not. And while the camaraderie may be great, the on-court chemistry is still a work in progress.”
Choosing to couch his words in just a manner that will lead you to know that he indeed thinks that USA can win the Tournament, but that he’s going to be edgy by picking them not to win the Tournament. It’s a prediction, but it’s not much of a prediction. Here’s a prediction…
Alfonso Soriano will never amount to much except for the next Juan Samuel.
Now, I made that way back when, just a few years into Soriano’s Yankee days. I remember making that prediction because damn, way off on that one. The point is, though, that is was a prediction. Not this ole bullshit that Sheridan is pulling. Take a stand, Chris, be willing to have people say you look like a fool when Team USA beats everyone this summer.
People actually pay to read those articles, too. Fuckin’ Insider.