We had a feeling this team would be one to watch. After defeating Canada 4-3 in what’s being called perhaps the most entertaining women’s soccer match EVER, the US Women’s National Team will face Japan in a grudge match for Olympic gold. (US defeated Japan for the medal in 2008 in Beijing, but Japan came out on top in last year’s World Cup—meaning both teams have an axe to grind.)
Tune in this morning at 11:35 PST to see what happens. (Sorry for the short notice. Try watching it live online here.)
In the meantime, watch Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal against Canada:
…And click this link or the screen-cap below to watch the full US v. Canada highlights on the official NBC Olympics page:
It’s been a riveting, bleary-eyed week and a half spent glued to the TV. Not sure about you, but we’re still catching up on DVR’d Olympic coverage from last weekend. (Those five-hour blocks of HD swimming, shooting, running, gymnastics, volleyball and tennis are no joke—and don’t leave much space for new Breaking Bad episodes.)
The one ‘event’ we deleted too soon, though, was the Opening Ceremony. We started out psyched, but somewhere between act three of the Industrial Revolution-themed interpretive dance production, and the gratuitous slow-motion corgi footage during the almost-funny James Bond mini-film…We got bored and changed the channel.
Big mistake—because it meant we missed the best bits, including Mr. Bean nailing the synth part on ‘Chariots of Fire,’ and the UK’s own heirs to the rock-royalty throne, Arctic Monkeys, paying homage to the Beatles (before Sir Paul McCartney himself closed out the show). The video footage has been banished from the internet, but click here to listen to live audio of Arctic Monkeys covering the Beatles classic ‘Come Together.’
Although practically still kids, Arctic Monkeys have been compared to the Fab Four by critics and fans alike. A bit premature, if not blasphemous—but they’re off to a good start. Here’s a recent single they released (on purple vinyl) for Record Store Day 2012, followed by a favorite track off each of their four studio albums.
Speaking of well-dressed sportscasters: The sartorial artisans at Hickey Freeman—based in Rochester, NY, where the company was founded in 1899—will be outfitting the men of NBC with custom-made wardrobes for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
A slim-cut navy blazer, sporting the regal chest crest above, was designed for this Friday’s opening ceremony (which will feature true Brits like Daniel Craig, Sir Paul McCartney, and Trainspotting director Danny Boyle). The sand-colored version, meanwhile, will hit the court for tennis tournaments.
Give Matt Lauer a run for his money with a Hickey Freeman suit or sportcoat of your own—plenty are hundreds of dollars off right now during our Anniversary Sale. (If you’ve never kicked back on your couch in an impeccable, American-made suit while watching Olympic table tennis and enjoying a proper pint…you haven’t truly lived.)
If you follow football (you know: ‘soccer’), you know that the Men’s National Team came up short of securing a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
However, there are still plenty of good reasons to tune in this summer. Eighteen of them in fact, also known as the reigning-gold-medalist US Women’s National Team—not the least of whom is world-class goalkeeper Hope Solo. If you’re uninitiated or otherwise unconvinced, check out her superhuman save, below, which helped the US defeat Canada last night in the team’s final exhibition before the Olympics—which kick off July 25 versus France. (Hey, at least the men still have basketball.)
In other soccer news, the final game of the Euro 2012 men’s tournament airs today at 2:45 EST on ESPN. Again, no USA, but the match between Italy and defending champs Spain has been heralded as a showcase of the nuance and artistry the sport is meant to be all about—with both teams having surpassed opponents who attempted to thwart their creativity with aggressive defense, rather than compete with it.
It was the stuff of legend: the first time the USA was permitted to send professional basketball players into battle—and what that year’s Olympiad lacked in fairness, it more than made up for in jaw-dropping spectacle. Twenty years later, the video quality doesn’t hold up well, but the acrobatic passing and deafening dunks certainly do: