Slate’s Hang Up and Listen discuss the U.S. men’s basketball team’s Olympic dominance and why the competitive spirit is dying.

If the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Is So Good, Why Are We So Bored?

If the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Is So Good, Why Are We So Bored?

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Aug. 25 2016 10:55 AM
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The U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Has Never Been Better

But we’re not watching if there aren’t any stakes in the game.

US team celebrate after winning a Men's semifinal basketball match between Spain and USA at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Team USA celebrates after winning a men’s semifinal basketball match against Spain in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 19, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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For the Monday edition of the Hang Up and Listen Slate Plus bonus segment, hosts Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca ask why the U.S. men’s basketball team’s Olympic dominance has made the competition so boring. Since its overhaul in 2004, the U.S. men’s basketball team has skyrocketed in its number of wins. But does this success eliminate the competitive spirit that makes the game so exciting to watch?

Why can’t the Hang Up and Listen crew get excited about Olympics basketball in the same way? The hosts discuss.

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