In today's Wall Street Journal, Stefan Fatsis discusses the current state of affairs of the United States' team handball program. Apparently, the game is fast paced, high scoring, and players require a great deal of athleticism and aggression to be successful. In other words, this is a support that might have great appeal in the United States. However, few people have ever seen a team handball match, much less played the sport. In fact, the United States team did not qualify for the Olympics in Athens.
In a recent post-game press conference, Fatsis asked why the United States is not more successful in the game. The French Coach, Claude Onesta, responded "As far as I am concerned, there are a lot of games at which the United States does not excel".
Well excuse me, coach, while I check the Olympic medal scoreboard:
United States - 72 Medals, including 25 gold
France - 25 Medals, including 9 gold
As an aside, this is just one more item on a long list of reasons why I am baffled that John Kerry blames the current administration for deteriorating US/French relations. Who in their right mind could maintain a civil relationship with such a smug and pompous group of people?
Chalk me up as the newest fan of the United States Team Handball program. I'll be sure to pop open a bottle of fine California wine the day the US program defeats the French.