America! Ship That Buried Bin Laden To Host College Hoops Game
June 17 / Dan Fogarty / SportsGrid
It's "all but certain" that the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that carried Osama Bin Laden's evil corpse to his burial at sea, will play host to a Michigan State-North Carolina basketball game on Veterans Day. And yes, that sound you hear is your brain exploding from patriotism.
Until now, the best organizers could say was that the game would be played on either the Carl Vinson or the Ronald Reagan. After meeting with Navy officials in Washington, D.C., this week, Whalen said there's a 99 percent chance the game will be on the Carl Vinson.
"It's strictly by schedule," Whalen said. "I know people don't think that. It's true. You can't make this stuff up. It's just the way it worked out."
The court, which can seat 7,000 fans, will be set up on the flight deck of the ship, and in case it rains, the game will be moved into the hangar deck. Reps from ESPN will be a part of the group of people appraising the ship on Monday and Tuesday to see if it's fit for a basketball game, although we're pretty sure they're going to okay this, since "basketball game on the aircraft carrier that dumped bin Laden's body" pretty much sells itself.
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