Why Is T.J. Oshie So Good In The Shootout?

T.J. Oshie is on Team USA for his shootout prowess. This is no secret. The behind-the-scenes looks at the roster selection make clear that the committee ranked him behind other forwards like Brandon Saad on pure skill, but put him on the team anyway because he's deadly when going one-on-one with a goalie. The wisdom of … » 2/20/14 1:34pm 2/20/14 1:34pm

Roy Hibbert Can Never Play For Team USA, And It's All Jamaica's Fault

The United States Olympic basketball team, finding itself short on centers, wanted to add Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert to its roster before the 2012 summer games. There was just one problem: Hibbert belonged to the Jamaican national team. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin… » 6/14/13 6:06pm 6/14/13 6:06pm

Have Rio's U.S. Gymnastics Darlings Already Arrived? Meet Katelyn…

WORCESTER, Mass.—None of the stars from the "Fierce Five," the highly meme-able gold medal team from the London Games, competed in Worcester for the American Cup last weekend. The American Cup is the only international gymnastics competition held in the U.S., but these girls are still on the final leg of London promo:… » 3/06/13 4:30pm 3/06/13 4:30pm

Team USA Wins Basketball Gold, Beats Spain, Gets Mike Krzyzewski To Do …

Gold for the 2012 Dream Team proved to be a bit more elusive than expected, as foul trouble and a pesky Spanish team led to a 107-100 win, one locked up by a clever Chris Paul drive that led to coach Mike Krzyzewski leaping into the air as if he'd just purchased a Toyota. He's stepping down after today to allow… » 8/12/12 1:31pm 8/12/12 1:31pm

Ryan Lochte Update: Ryan Lochte Is Hanging Out With Ludacris At The…

Here's a photo of Ryan Lochte watching Team USA square off against Argentina (where the referees seem to have placed their chips on "untimely player death" and Team USA is dominating) with famous American rapper/star of 2 Fast 2 Furious Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. The other guy is apparently also a swimmer. » 8/06/12 6:58pm 8/06/12 6:58pm

Team USA Just Barely Survived A Gut Check From Lithuania

The final score—99-94—doesn't tell the whole story: Lithuania had a lead in the fourth quarter, and there were moments where it looked like just about everything that could go wrong for the US team would: atrocious free throw shooting, no rhythm from outside, easy scores for Lithuania's guards, and Coach K making that… » 8/04/12 11:48am 8/04/12 11:48am

This Is The Deficit Allison Schmitt Just Erased To Win Gold For Team…

The 4x200-meter freestyle relay just ended, and, as you'll learn tonight on NBC, the American women won gold. The hero of today's race was not Missy Franklin, everybody's favorite teenage superstar, but Allison Schmitt, the 22-year-old from the University of Georgia. (The photo above comes from Tuesday's competition,… » 8/01/12 4:50pm 8/01/12 4:50pm

How Many Times Have Americans Said "Awesome" or "Oh My God" In Olympic…

Ah, the post-game interview. A magical moment in sports journalism where reporters try to force a meaningful, articulate comment out of an incredibly exhilarated and emotional athlete. The Olympics are rife with opportunities for these same reporters to ask the same questions and get the same answers. And oh my God… » 8/01/12 2:53pm 8/01/12 2:53pm

The Tunisian Basketball Coach Slapped The Shit Out Of One Of His…

As we told you earlier, the Tunisian men's basketball team were 54-point underdogs heading into their preliminary game against Team USA. The stress of facing such daunting odds may have gotten to Tunisia's coach (the bald man at the center of the video above), as he unleashed a vicious slap into the face of one of his … » 7/31/12 6:35pm 7/31/12 6:35pm

Science! Says The 2008 Squad Was Actually The Best Olympic Basketball…

Paul Bessire, creator of the Predictalator, ran every men's hoops team from 1992 through 2012 through his machine, simulating each roster playing 50,000 games against every other edition. And to everyone's surprise, neither the '92 Dream Team nor the current squad in London came out on top. Winning more often than any… » 7/26/12 5:55pm 7/26/12 5:55pm

This Photo Of Team USA Sleeping On An Airplane Is The Best Thing Today

Kevin Love surreptitiously snapped this and posted it to Instagram, as Team USA flew from Barcelona to London last night. From right to left, front to back, that's LeBron James, Chris Paul, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Anthony Davis, and even Mike Kryzyzewski, back in business class. » 7/26/12 3:25pm 7/26/12 3:25pm

After 20 Years, Footage From The Dream Team's Monaco Scrimmage Finally…

Three days before the 1992 Summer Olympics kicked off, the Dream Team played an intrasquad scrimmage in Monaco, Magic's side vs. Jordan's, arguably the greatest assemblage of basketball legends playing against each other in the same game. As Jack McCallum started researching his book Dream Team, finding the tape… » 7/25/12 12:30am 7/25/12 12:30am