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USA Women Are The Real Dream Team

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They say this is a mans game…

…but it’d be nothing without the women!

Team U.S.A.’s sister side are the real Dream Team.

Yeah we said it!

And we’re not just talking about these 2016 Rio Olympics. With all due respect to the mens side, these women have been doing if for years. Don’t call it a coming out party. They deserve as much respect as the the other team they shared a flight to Brazil with.

No wonder Brittney Griner has challenged U.S. and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins to a one-on-one match-up.

And you haven’t heard his response yet have you?

Sure the men have been unfairly criticized for not running away with games, even though they are on a 5 zip sweep. But the rest of the world is just getting so much better at basketball. That goes for both genders. But the U.S. women have been blowing out every comer too. To the tune of a 204 point differential over their own 5 and zero record.

And as they finished off their preliminary group stage by extinguishing the Peoples Republic of China by 105 to 62 you might want to catch them while you can during this last weeks coming knockout stages. Don’t expect them to lose mind you, but with the quarters tomorrow, you only have three games before they hit gold and a flight home.

Sure it’s arrogant to just assume Team USA will win. And just like with the men there are no guarantees. But if we were a betting site, we know who we’d be putting our dollars on. But forget your nickles and just enjoy the dimes in the quarters for what this great basketball is…the real beautiful game.

Sure the mens roster don’t have King LeBron and MVP Steph Curry on their side this Summer, but the women are playing without big superstars and household names like the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker and Skylar Diggins of the Dallas Wings themselves.

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They do however have the Lisa Leslie legendary, legacy making likes of Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Lindsay Whalen and Diana Taurasi. WNBA greats and legends of tomorrow. All thriving under Conneticut coach Geno Auriemma.

We just roll called the entire roster. Why? Well it may sound like a cat poster but they are all winners. As a matter of fact just like Usain Bolt smiling at the camera mid-race we can’t remember the last time they lost. That’s because they own a 60 and nothing record since their mid 90’s inception, that includes a 52-0 exhibition and 8-zip Olympic record. Now these ladies are looking to win their sixth straight gold after their 2012 Olympic victory in London.

Hey they may aswell forget Tokyo and look to get ready for a Los Angeles homecoming in 2024. Because we know who will be winning that one even before we find out who the confirmed host is.

Last night Sue Bird lead an inspired Instagram video post, showing solidarity to great ‘Ghostbusters’ movie-event of the Summer star Leslie Jones (I.G. handle; @Lesdoggg) who has received her absolutley unfair share of heinous racist and sexist abuse via vile Twitter trolls just because she was in an all female cast of a classic movie remake (which shouldn’t even be a reason). The team urging the actress/comedian currently taking in all sorts of Olympic events in Rio to come watch them play. It was a beautiful, enthusiastic pitch of a video that may aswell have been a plea to all of us, or the lack of true basketball purists who just don’t know the game if the don’t know the names of these girls.

Because this isn’t just another reboot…this is the real thing!

And it’s happening right now!

Time to stop expecting great and respect it!

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Canada Look To Take Gold In The Gold Coast Commenwealth After Buzzer Beating New Zealand

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Canuck Touch This

“Hotter than July” like a Stevie album may be the forever forecast in the Gold Coast of Australia right now, but after icing the semi-finals of the 2018 Commenwealth Games like birthday cakes, Canada look to bring a cold front down under. So we hope you brought your big coats from earlier this years Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. Because you’ll need them. Its time to zip and wrap it all up.

Beating the Aussie neighbouring New Zealand 88-86 at the buzzer last night, even the fear striking pre-game ritual of the haka in all it’s glory couldn’t stop the Canucks (like the hack-a-Shaq on them rare nights when the diesel was all fuelled up from the free-throw line). Because Mamadou Gueye had the sauce and the dressing, as he threw up the prayer off the glass and the basketball Gods banked an answer. His shot may have looked like one of 10 year veteran turned Laker, Andre Ingram, but it was the right pitch and strike like ‘Dre throwing the first one at Dodger Stadium the same night last. No foul ball or referee call. Far flung like a hot potato with seconds to spare in the games oven. Despite throwing it over the coat cloaked defender from way behind the line with his outstetched and contured body looking like Gueye was kick hip-checked, it was all cash off the glass as he stunted the Tall Blacks for a whole continent declaring, “We The North” like the 6.

It hasn’t been this nasty since Nash saw red maple and white, flying the flag. Captain Canada we salute you!

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Making up for the Canadian womens national team, semi-final upset to number 21 world ranked Great Britain, 65-53 behind 20 from G.B.’s Rachael Vanderwal. Canada overcame a NZ off the ropes rally from 21 down and brought the knockout punch in a game that could have all gone due south like that dog Diefenbaker against the Kiwis. Now all that stands in the way of gold in the Gold Coast is host nation Australia, who sucker-beat previously unbeaten Scotland (who now take on New Jealand for the bronze podium position) 103-46, behind 17 from star Jesse Wagstaff. Not to mention the country who thrased Canada by 40 points in the pools. No shallow feat staring in the upset waters of what could be defeat.

But revenge is always a dish best served cold. No matter how long the games been on the grill.

Time to lower the boom.

Here it comes…

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Three-point barrage helps Canada route Bahamas 113-67 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Brady Heslip Three Pointer Canada Routes Bahamas FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Team Canada picked up a convincing 113-67 win over Bahamas to improve to 3-1 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers zone. Behind a three-point barrage and unselfish play the Canadians reached the century mark for the second straight game and secured a berth in the second-round of the qualifying tournament.

Brady Heslip once again led Canada in the scoring column with a game-high 19 points, on 5-of-9 shooting from the outside in just 24 minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native drilled three triples in the opening quarter to help ignite the Canadian offense that saw a total of six players hitting double figures all Canadians scoring at least 3 points. Melvin Ejim added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Thomas Scrubb continued to show his versatility with 10 points, 7 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists while Kyle Landry contributed well with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Melvin Ejim Three Point Barrage Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Melvin Ejim Helps Canada Route Bahamas 113 67 Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Canada buried a total of 16 three-pointers on 34 attempts (44%),  dished out 26 assists and pounded the glass, beating the Bahamas 47-31.

Through four qualification games Canada is averaging 100 points per game while shooting 515 from the floor and 39% from threes. Brady Heslip currently ranks fifth in scoring with 18 points per game and leads everybody with 20 made triples.

The Road to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup continues for Canada as they will return back home for the third and final window of the first-round of qualification process.  The Canadians will look to avenge their only of of the competition when they to face Group D leaders and undefeated Dominican Republic (4-0) in Toronto on Friday, June 29 and the Virgin Islands (1-3) in the Nations Capital of Ottawa on  Monday, July 2nd 2018

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The top three teams in the four Americas Zone qualifiers groups advance to round 2 with the top 7 from the second-round advancing the 2019 World Cup in China.

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Canada blasts US Virgin Islands FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Canada Basketball Blasts Virgin Islands Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Led by a trio of veterans Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) blasted the Virgin Islands 118-89 in  FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Veteran Canadian forward and former Iowa State Cyclones standout Melvin Ejim returned to the Canadian National lineup for the first time since the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament and poured in a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds the 29 point route. Sharpshooter Brady Heslip continued his stellar play for Canada in Qualifying phase by adding 22 points including 5 rebound and 5 assists. Anthony Bennett also had a solid outing with 13 points on 5 rebounds.

The 118 points scored marks the most points scored by a Canada’s Senior men team since the Canadians hung a 112-92 victory over Puerto Rico in 2015.

With the win Canada avenges an embarrassing 83-71 to the Virgin Islands less than 12 months ago at the FIBA AmeriCup and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is another road test against the Bahamas (0-3).

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