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These Games are All About DeShawn

While waiting to ask LeBron James which Chinese basketball player is most likely to reprise the DeShawn Stevenson role from this spring's playoff series, I came up with this other idea: to ask random Olympians to demonstrate DeShawn's "I Can't Feel My Face" maneuver, earning them lavish praise from Wizards fans but perhaps decreasing their marketability in Northeast Ohio.

I went to the Athletes Village, and it went swimmingly well at first. South African field hockey goalie Rassie Pieterse, pictured above, was all about cooperating. British cyclist Nicole Cooke, pictured below, had her doubt,s but relented after I showed her Pieterse's example. I was imagining this could be my version of the brilliant series of blogger stalker photos published on The Sporting Blog.

But then the well dried up. One athlete after another from one country after another said no. And the Americans, who I thought might understand what I was going for, ran away fastest.

"We can get in a lot of trouble for stuff like that," one American track athlete told me.

So fine, maybe these Games aren't all about DeShawn. And if American athletes can get in a lot of trouble for mimicking the humorous celebration used by NBA iconoclasts and WWE wrestlers, no wonder they're lavishly apologizing for wearing air masks.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2008; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Olympics  
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Oooh! Ooooh! See if you can get them to throw gang signs!!!

Posted by: P. Pierce | August 7, 2008 5:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm up at 5 am watching Honduras-Italy. The Olympics have already defeated my normal sleep pattern.

Anyway, our Olympic athletes have probably already been warned that if they do anything to tick off LeBron, he'll leave the NBA for Europe. It's not about the money, it's about the respect.

Posted by: Louise | August 7, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

I think that I could really get interested in men's field hockey.

Posted by: Maggie | August 7, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

yay, wizards news. feed me oh smog of heavenly harmony it's been many a moon since the wizards insider has been updated.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If you can get the Colombian delegation to participate in this, then I will be impressed.

Posted by: | August 8, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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