It's The End Of The World As We Know It

And they feel fine…

Allen Iverson, left and Tim Duncan of the United States watch their team lose first half during men's basketball tournament preliminary match against Puerto Rico in Hellinikon Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, during 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – In an upset that was as historic as it was inevitable, the U.S. men’s basketball team lost for only the third time ever in the Olympics on Sunday, 92-73 to Puerto Rico. It was also the most lopsided loss in the games for the Americans, alarming not only for its significance but also for its decisiveness.

The last defeat in 1988 prompted the move to adding professional basketball players to future teams, starting with 1992’s Dream Team. The only other previous was the disputed 1972 loss to Russia.

In interviews after the game Allen Iverson trotted out the language of a mid-season NBA loss, “we weren’t hitting shots…they just played better than us,” etc. With passion like that the team will be lucky to medal, let alone rebound to win the gold.

Perhaps this loss will force a return to building a team that actually gives a shit about the Olympics.

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