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Friday, August 10, 2012
Munich basketball, 40 years later

A few days ago, I linked to a post by Lisa McElroy on using the scoring errors in the 2004 Men's Gymnastics to generate a discussion of law and justice. I mentioned that the previous standard example was the 1972 Men's Basketball Gold Medal Game, forgetting that this year is the 40th anniversary. Well, has published a series of essays on that game, including a recounting of the gap, an interview with Doug Collins (who hit what should have been the game-winning free throws with 3 seconds left), and a piece on an Illinois attorney who is pushing the IOC to award duplicate gold medals (as was done in 2002 for a Candian pairs figure skating team).

On that last point, here is an interesting ethical and/or remedial question: The push is to get duplicate golds and 11 members of the team have agreed to that solution. But one player--team captain Kenny Davis--insists that not only must the U.S. be awarded the gold, the Soviets (or Russia, as the successor nation) must be stripped of theirs. Is that the right position to take?


No, Davis isn't right. For one, he wants the Russian team punished even though they were never alleged to have wronged anybody. His position is largely unsympathetic, as well, considering the US has won 13 of 17 Gold medals in men's basketball and destroyed all other teams in individual games, yet continue to whine about only winning a silver medal once.

It's terribly sad that Davis cannot move on. He was not a good player for that team and never played professional basketball, but I heard he has done some motivational speaking on how to be a poor sport. As in: 'take a perceived slight from your earlier life and focus on it until it festers inside you like a cancer making you more and more angry at the world. Oh, and don't do drugs, kids'.

Blogger SkeptiSys -- 8/10/2012 8:39 PM  

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