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It's Just Like Home But...More Chinese

The Olympics start today? I am being completely honest when I say I had no idea and I'm extremely proud of that fact. In the fact of unbearable and constant advertising and soft-focus reporting, I was able to keep my head down and remain completely unaware of the specifics of the ceremonies. Your marketing dollars were wasted on me, NBC! You're advertisements did not register with me, Nike!

About the only thing I am reasonably interested in is the U.S. Basketball team, of which Carmelo Anthony is a member and Jim Boeheim is an assistant coach. And even then, to be honest, I could care less what happens. A U.S. Basketball team consisting of superstars is an exercise in futility that proves nothing. Win the gold, so what, you were supposed to. Don't win gold, you're humongous failures.

Okay, rant over...
Carmelo checked in again from Beijing and this time he's talking about meeting up with fellow Baltimorian Michael Phelps:
He’s not from the same neighborhood as me, but we’ll claim him.
Phelps, if the situation arises where you are asked to snitch, I would advise you to consider not doing so. Just an FYI.
He’s going to bring some golds back to Baltimore and I’m going to bring a gold back. They can have our parade together in Baltimore.
That would actually be pretty cool for Melo. Okay, now I have a reason to hope they win the Gold.

Also checking in from Beijing is Jimmy B, and he came through for me,
letting us know what it was like to visit an actual Chinese restaurant:
We went out to a local restaurant on Monday night and finally ate a Chinese meal. It wasn't like a P.F. Chang's; it was, you know, more Chinese. They didn't serve us snake and stuff like that, but it wasn't like back home at all. It was very traditional with a big round table and a serving tray that you shared and spicy soup and a few appetizer things. In other words, it wasn't fried rice and stir-fried chicken. It's not like that over here. And you know something? It was good.
Awesome. I imagine that's how Boeheim will always describe the things he saw and did in China. "It was great, just like home, but...more Chinese." Hope you enjoyed your appetizer things, Jim.

Oh, one more tidbit:
The players ate at places like California Pizza Kitchen and Tony Roma's, which they've been doing all along.
God Bless America.

Jimmy B also took some time to
comment on a slightly more serious topic, the sexual assault controversy surrounding three of his players:
"That was all last year. It's time to let it go. We've been through that, and I'm very confident that the guys will move on. I don't really have any more comment than that. This is all year-old stuff and it's been settled."
Done and done, Coach. Let's move on...

(Photo Credit: AP)