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Reporting from the Olympics, Jim Boeheim says Rio is clean, safe

The Syracuse coach doesn't get what all the fuss is about.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It's a match made in heaven, when you think about it. Syracuse Orange basketball coach Jim Boeheim likes to complain about things, so we sent him to Rio de Janeiro where there are plenty of things to complain about. But when's Bud Poliquin posted Boeheim's second "Olympic report," the lovable nose-picker was all about downplaying the concerns that had been brought up in the months leading up to the Games. Still, Boeheim had plenty to say.

Don't Worry About Anything

Seriously, guys. There's nothing wrong over there.

"It's sunny. It's 75 degrees. And the air is good. I don't know about that whole thing about the air being bad. I look out and it's perfectly clear to me."

See? The air looks clean. Keep calm and carry on.

"Every Olympics, they make a big deal out of something — security … traffic … pollution … something — and it really doesn't come true. For me, there's never been a problem."

There Are A Lot Of Guns

To be fair, I don't know how many guns are a normal amount of guns for Jim Boeheim. But if I had to guess, this is a bit more than the Hall of Famer is used to:

"There are police in front of the boat. There are police cruising behind the boat on the waterside. There are 20 or 30 Brazilian soldiers outside with machine guns. There are four or five police motorcycles that take us to and from wherever we go. So I think we've got ultimate protection."

20 or 30 guys with machine guns? I would've gone a little more in depth on something like that, but I guess the guy who rode into the Carrier Dome in a tank a couple years ago is used to this kind of thing by now.

China Won't Be A Problem

Turning back to basketball, Boeheim actually had praise for the Chinese team the USA will play Saturday, but not enough to think his team won't roll over them:

"There are good players in China and there is talent, but we're 100 years ahead of them. We all know there are plenty of people there, so once they get the facilities and the coaching, China will catch up to us. There's no question about that. They'll catch up to us in time. But it won't be in our time"The Syracuse coach doesn't get what all the fuss is about.