No reprieve for U.S.

Bill's Rant

August 22, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

The U.S. women's softball team lost the gold-medal game to Japan, 3-1, after it hadn't lost an Olympic softball game since the 2000 Games. In fact, in running up an 8-0 record on their way to yesterday's game against Japan, the Americans had actually beaten Japan, 4-1, in extra innings Wednesday in a semifinal game that forced the Japanese to play Australia, with the winner advancing to the final and the loser getting the bronze medal.

Japan prevailed against Australia, which gave the team new life in what amounted to a rematch with the U.S. Unfortunately for the Americans, there was no reprieve for them after their first loss.

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