In 1992 and 1996 I bet on the USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team and gave my Aussie friends 50 points. I won both times, but was nervous in one game when Australia came within 48 points!
I love a rout and cannot wait to see the Olympic “Redeem” Team play the world’s best. I’m thrilled that the NBA players are taking the responsibility of representing our country seriously. It’s great to see them at the opening ceremonies. I bet that Coach Krzyzewski urged the team to soak up the Olympic atmosphere as well as prepare for their matches. I don’t remember other “Dream Teams” at the Opening Ceremonies.
While watching the Opening Ceremonies on DVR, I just saw Kobe Bryant posing for photos with starstruck atheletes from other countries. After posing for a art outstreched digital self-portrait snapped by a Russian athlete, Kobe reached out to shake hands and could be heard asking, “How do you say, ‘Thank You?'”
Quite a nice Olympic moment Kobe! Now go mop the floor with Yao Ming’s team!
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.