Softball is a sport that has been dominated by the United States in it’s short Olympic history. The American team basically shows up every four years, destroys the “competition,” and then goes home with a gold medal. Four years ago in Athens, the Americans outscored their opponents 51-1 en route to yet another gold.
Which is why the IOC has decided that 2008 will be the last time softball is featured in the Olympics. As you’d expect, this is pretty upsetting for the U.S. team, who are doing everything they can to try and get the sport reinstated back into the Olympics. Of course, I didn’t think they’d go this far.
Losing for the first time since 2000, the U.S. softball team was denied a chance for a fourth straight gold medal Thursday, beaten 3-1 by Japan in the sport’s last appearance in the Olympics for at least eight years — and maybe for good.
Yukiko Ueno, Japan’s remarkably resilient right-hander, shut down the Americans and handed them their first loss since Sept. 21, 2000 at the Sydney Games. The U.S. had won 22 straight since then, most of them with outrageously lopsided scores.
Man, first our economy gets flushed down the toilet, and now this? These are dark days in America, my friends. If we needed another sign to show us we aren’t the super power we used to be on the world stage, I’m pretty sure this is it. What makes it even worse is that since this is the last time softball will be in the Olympics, we can’t get any revenge on the Japanese in London four years from now.
If only there was something I could do to help the morale of our shaken country (besides dropping another atomic bomb on Japan).
U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!