Why Is Canada All Of A Sudden Kicking Our Ass In Pan American Games?
In case you missed it, Canada beat the U.S. in baseball on Sunday, 7-6 in 10 innings, to win the gold medal at the Pan American Games. Canada, where games are called due to moose, and whose Little League bat racks are filled with hockey sticks, brooms and snow shovels.
Then on Monday the Canadian Women's Basketball team beat us, 81-73, for their first-ever Pan Am basketball gold medal. That's our two best sports, in which we were defeated by hosers. And so close to July 4th. The shame. Olympic.ca:
Canada came out a little slow to start the game, falling behind 23-13 after the first quarter. They woke up at the start of the second though, tying the game at 36-36 by halftime. Kia Nurse, 19, came out shooting and finished with 17 first half points.
Nurse led all scorers with 33 points and was the difference for Canada on Monday. The resident of Hamilton, Ontario, currently plays for UConn, and is the niece of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 21, 2015
Is Canada energized because it's playing host to the Games? Possibly. But I suggest that it's two factors: coincidence/luck, and the fact that the U.S. doesn't take the Pan Am Games very seriously. We don't send our best athletes. We had better athletes at the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament his past weekend than at the Pan Am Games.
The U.S. still leads in the overall medal count, and has 65 golds to 55 for the Canadians. But our pride has taken two big hits over the past two days, and we're not going to hear the end of it for a while. Because Canada is our next-door neighbor, and we have to see them every morning when we get up to go to work.