Olympians are role-models, whether they like it or not; their behavior is often mirrored by the masses of fans watching at home. In moments of glory, elegance and grace, Olympic athletes have the potential to have an uplifting effect on entire cultures. On the other hand, they may drag a nation down to new lows. Consider the following: A disturbing trend has developed in the 2012 Summer Games, something that might slip past unnoticed by the casual viewer – NBC will have no prime-time documentaries about this. To describe the problem, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a .gif is worth thousands more words, maybe even valuable words like “bacon” and “mustache”. Please see below the break:
This happened in the Olympics, during the closing moments of a game between France and Spain. As unusual and inexplicable as this is, it isn’t the first time that it’s happened in the 2012 Games. Days earlier, an Argentinian player decided that it was a good idea to punch Carmelo Anthony in the family jewels whilst en route to losing 126-97 to the US.
Lunchsketball, regrettably, brings this story back to our shores. Thursday’s game, the third played at the San Carlos LA Fitness, put the power of Olympians as role models on full display, as our very own E-Machine threw a devastating blow to Phil. During a 2-on-1 fast break, Erik was handling the basketball with teammate Jorge running closer to the basket. Phil had positioned himself in defense between them. Erik tried to throw a pass to Jorge, apparently not seeing that Phil was directly in the path of that pass, no more than one foot away from Erik. Phil actually saw the event unfold, staring in dismayed wonder and disbelief as Erik wound up, unable to move out of the way. Erik followed through with his throw, and Phil became the Juan Carlos Navarro of the day. The game was paused for a few minutes while Phil recovered.
“Erik said that he felt bad,” says Phil, “but I felt worse.”