Carli Lloyd was too busy playing soccer to realize Shane Victorino had been traded

Carli Lloyd is an Olympic hero. She earned that honor by scoring both of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s goals on Thursday during their 2-1 win over Japan in the gold medal game. As we know, the London Olympics have been a very busy time for all of the athletes involved. Twitter makes it slightly easier to stay up on what’s going on in the world, but it is not always that simple. A recent exchange of tweets between Lloyd and former Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino proved that earlier this week.

As the average baseball fan could tell you, Victorino has not played for Philadelphia since July 29. In fact, he has already taken on a leadership role with his new team, the Dodgers. As the Philadelphia fan blog The 700 Level pointed out, Lloyd is from a part of New Jersey that is relatively close to Philly. If she’s a Phillies fan and likes really does like the Flyin’ Hawaiian, she’s probably disappointed now. At least Carli can always dig out that old Nike celebration shirt if she starts feeling blue.

Kobe Bryant was drug tested after big second half against Australia

Kobe Bryant blew up in the second half of the US’s quarterfinals win over Australia on Wednesday scoring all 20 points after intermission. What was his reward for the stellar performance? A drug test.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Friday morning that Bryant was chosen to take the mandatory random drug test after the game and was unable to ride back to the hotel with his teammates.

Bryant confirmed after the US’s semifinals win over Argentina that he was selected for the drug test the previous game.

“That was not cool,” Bryant told NBC’s Craig Sager. “I didn’t have to go, so I had to sit around for a couple hours until I had to go. I probably drank about 10 bottles of water.”

The good news is that after Wednesday’s drug test, Bryant may be off the hook for future tests.

“It’s not my test tonight,” said Bryant, “so I’m good.”

Before the Olympics began, Grant Hill said the members of 1996 Olympics team tried avoiding being the leading scorer so they wouldn’t have to be drug tested. Now we understand why. But as we’ve learned, the real enemy at the Olympics in terms of drug tests aren’t PEDs, but this.

H/T Complex

U.S. women’s soccer ‘Greatness Has Been Found’ shirts cause a stir

The celebration that took place on Thursday after the US women’s soccer team beat Japan to win the gold medal looked more like the postgame festivities of a Super Bowl than an Olympic event. The parading around with the American flag was standard, but then out came the custom-made t-shirts. Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and company pranced around in Nike t-shirts that read “Greatness Has Been Found” across the front of them. Over the past 24 hours or so, those shirts have been the source of a great deal of criticism.

“USA players have donned t-shirts reading ‘Greatness has been found,'” Canadian writer Jerrad Peters wrote on Twitter after the match. “That, in a nutshell, is why no one outside the US likes them.”

The backlash was not only handed out by writers and fans from abroad, as many Americans also found the shirts to be a tasteless display of poor sportsmanship.  Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times tweeted that the shirts showed no humility and called them “gross,” although he later clarified that his criticism was aimed at Nike and not the US players.

The US women’s team was also criticized earlier in the tournament for celebrating with cartwheels and other displays that opponents and fans thought were excessive. While it is easy to understand the excitement they were feeling at the moment they captured the gold — especially given the heart-breaking loss they suffered against Japan in the World Cup — they probably should have toned it down in retrospect. Olympic competition is supposed to bring sportsmanship to its own level, and it’s easy to see how a celebration that includes championship gear could irritate opposing countries.

H/T Off the Bench

Lolo Jones says she hasn’t seen any hookups in the Olympic Village, still wants to meet Tim Tebow

If the Olympic Village is truly as sex-infested as everyone claims it is, it’s probably safe to assume Lolo Jones doesn’t partake in the festivities. Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few months, you are well aware that Jones is one of the world’s most famous virgins. At 30 years of age, she says keeping her viriginity has been harder than training for the Olympics but is something she takes pride in. However, Jones insists she is not the only one not doing any fooling around in the Olympic Village.

While she could be just covering for them, Lolo said she has not seen any hooking up going on between her track and field teammates and others in the Village.

“I’m in a suite with seven girls, and I guess we don’t have any sluts on the team,” Jones said according to USA TODAY Sports. “I haven’t seen any hookups. I’m sure it’s going on, though, but I haven’t heard any juicy details yet.”

Fair enough. If you believe Hope Solo, it’s definitely going on and there are definitely plenty of juicy details. Ryan Lochte said something similar to Lolo about not knowing of any crazy sex stories, but there is a reason it becomes big news when unauthorized batches of condoms make their way into the dorms. Sex in the Olympic Village is a big business. Just ask Durex — the official condom of the London Olympics.

With the Olympics coming to a close, Lolo also reiterated that she would still like to meet Tim Tebow.

“You always think you’re the last virgin on earth,” she explained. “I respect his journey, and any virgin I just love talking to them and sharing the journey and the frustration.”

Here’s hoping Mr. Right comes along shortly and Jones can put an end to that frustration.

Kobe Bryant says he can’t learn anything from his Team USA teammates

Kobe Bryant has the type of sarcastic attitude where you can never tell if he’s joking or serious. He’s one of the cockiest players in the history of the NBA, which is also why he is one of the most successful and a lock for the Hall of Fame. To many players, Olympic basketball is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a learning experience. Kobe, on the other hand, is too good for all that.

According to USA TODAY Sports, Bryant says he is in a place in his career that everyone else on the team wants to get to. He also says there is no player on the Team USA roster that can teach him anything.

“I’m where everybody wants to get to,” Kobe said when asked what it’s like to be the old guy on the team. “I just happen to be still playing.”

He was then asked if he can learn anything form the younger players on the team.

“No,” he replied.  “I don’t know if I know it all, but I know more than they do.”

Oh yeah, and he is also the self-proclaimed best post player on the team — ahead of lone center Tyson Chandler.

“No, no, no,” Kobe interrupted when asked if he was the second-best post player behind Chandler. “Not other than Tyson Chandler. I’m the best post player on this team, period. Tyson Chandler is not in that conversation.”

Maybe Bill Plaschke is right about this guy. In terms of NBA accomplishments, you really can’t argue with him. We know how he feels about dumb questions, so it’s also possible he felt the aforementioned questions weren’t worthy of genuine responses. I don’t know about you, but I think a game of two-on-two between Kobe, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony is in order.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie via NBA Leftovers

Unauthorized batch of condoms finds its way into the Olympic Village

The International Olympic Committee takes branding and sponsorship very, very seriously. During the Olympic Games, athletes aren’t even allowed to appear in advertisements for companies that are not official Olympic sponsors. Simply put, they want as close to 100% of the control over marketing as they can possibly have. Apparently that goes for condoms as well.

The photo that you see above was tweeted by Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan. As you can see, it shows a bucket of condoms with a clever tag line of “Kangaroo condoms, for the gland down under.” The problem is the condoms were not made by Durex, which is the official condom supplier for the London Olympics. Yes, they have one of those.

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Manu Ginobili’s brother calls Spanish team ‘pussies,’ says they threw game

Leandro Ginobili, the older brother of Spurs star Manu Ginobili, has a reputation in Argentina for being honest and outspoken. He is a media personality, as he writes for the Spanish newspaper Ole and does color commentary for a state-owned TV station. And he doesn’t think much of the Spanish national basketball team.

After Brazil defeated Spain 88-82 on Monday, Leandro took to Twitter to blast the Spanish team for what he perceived to be throwing the game. Since it was their last game before the knockout round, Ginobili believes Spain lost intentionally to avoid playing the US later in the week. According to Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype.com, the tweet roughly translated to calling the Spanish players “pussies.”

“If you understand just a little bit about basketball, it should be clear that Spain didn’t want to win the game,” Ginobili told HoopsHype.com. “I would be OK with giving the main guys on the team a break, but not with the attitude displayed. When you’re 5-6 points behind with two minutes to go and you don’t foul and you play long possessions, that’s strange, right?

“Spain has been the top FIBA team for the past five years, but they put a stain on the sport. Their attitude was uncalled for.”

If Spain’s plan was to avoid Team USA until a potential matchup in the gold medal game, it worked. They defeated France on Wednesday in the quarterfinal — although one of their players had to get punched in the man region in the process — and will face Russia in the semifinal on Friday. As for whether or not giving less than 100% to avoid the best team in the tournament would be cowardly, that’s up for you to decide. The idea is to win a gold medal, so perhaps the Spanish team was simply doing what they thought gave them the best chance to accomplish that goal.

H/T I am A GM