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Fans Invite Craig Sager to Karaoke Night

You're lucky they haven't invented scratch-and-sniff Web photos.

Nine facts from today's basketball action that you (probably) won't read about in (most) normal places.

1) During and after Craig Sager's post-game interviews with the U.S. team, he was serenaded by a few throaty young American kids in the stands who, screamingly, wanted to know whether Sager would go out drinking beers and doing karaoke with them tonight. I didn't hear his answer. But I can guess.

2) The Power Rangers-type salute that Dwight Howard and Bosh exchanged on the court following their victory? Yeah. You guessed what their answer would be, didn't you?

"Oh, that's a little secret, I can't tell you that," Howard said. I looked at him. "I can't tell you, it's a secret," he repeated.

I appealed to Carlos Boozer for help.

"Oh, that's between the big men," Boozer said. "I can't tell you that. I can't tell you the secret."

"Oh, are you mad at me?" Boozer said when I apparently looked hurt. "Some things you have to keep exclusive. Hey Bosh, don't give out the secret baby, don't give out the secret," he called out, to the approaching Chris Bosh.

3) The only approved NBA method of nickname dispersal is the classic first initial-first syllable: D-Wade, K-Mart, T-Mac and so on. But the Australians have instead adopted hockey-style nicknames. Every guy on that Australian hoops team has the exact nickname he would have if he played for the Caps. Andrew Bogut is Boges. Patrick Mills is Millsie. Matt Nielsen is Nielsie. Brad Newley is Newls.

So in Australia, our U.S. hooping heroes would be known as Wadesy, Marty and McGrades, for example. And in the meantime, I keep expecting Boges to do something involving dasher boards.

4) Chris Bosh is the only NBA basketball player I've ever seen who wears about 25 of those non-cool Olympic Pins attached to his non-cool lanyard bearing his non-cool Olympic accreditation. But I guess now that he's doing it, it's somewhere north of non-cool.

And again, you're lucky they haven't invented scratch-and-sniff Web photos.

5) The concession sausages. Yeah. Yikes. And only $0.45!!! Me, I'm not eating any meat shrink wrapped in plastic unless it could at least qualify for some sort of dollar menu, somewhere.

6) In happier food news, colleague Michael Lee went to the restaurant to the basketball venue and found, among many other wonderfully named menu items, "Happy Congee Ending." Don't get that one to go.

Another reporter at the basketball venue reported a recent meal at a restaurant that was offering "Hand Shredded Ass Meat." Please don't accept a mechanically shredded alternative.

7) The media buses run on set schedules, that seem never to consider peak hours. Like, after a USA basketball game ends, for example, when there might be a lot of people trying to leave the gym.

You can see what tonight's ride felt like above, but to smell it you need to find some used hockey pads, put them in the middle of K Street at about noon, and then douse them with moose urine. Some members of the Euro sports media seem to have different ideas about certain hygiene techniques than members of the U.S. sports media, and that's saying something.

8) Dwight Howard's post-game footwear: custom-made low-top Adidas Olympics shoes, with sparkling red-white-and-blue everywhere and the Oly rings on the back. He said they were custom-made, anyhow. I'd post a picture, except the Olympics does not allow media members to take photos in the media zone.

9) The tape of the semifinal loss to Greece in the 2006 World Championships?

"We watched it this morning, yesterday, pretty much every time we watch the scouting report," Bosh said. "It kind of fueled us a little bit. I think Coach K and the coaches knew what they were doing."

Ok, you'll probably read that one in most normal places.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2008; 1:44 PM ET
Categories:  NBA , Olympics  
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Dear Steinz:

Have you ever regretted your vegetarianism more than when you realized you wouldn't be sampling the Hand Shredded Ass Meat?

Your Delighted Readership

Posted by: MDT | August 14, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Jeez Dan, you need to revisit your lifestyle choices - first no blood soup at Torino (hand made by the master) and now no shrink-wrapped, hand-shredded, moose urine-marinated, $0.45 ass meat. I'm guessing you're either down 10 pounds from not eating or up 10 pounds from eating nothing but Twinkies and french, er, freedom fries...

Posted by: Rob Iola | August 14, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Boy, that hand-shredded ass meat goes down easy, without the jagged edges of the AMS (automated mechanical shredding) ass meat.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 14, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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