As we get ready to watch the U.S.A.-Argentina showdown, I am reminded of another one of my favorite moments from Athens.
You see the woman standing behind David Stern's shoulder? That's his wife, and also one of the most vocal U.S.A. basketball fans I have ever seen. Let me explain ...
I hated sitting by myself at most Olympic events, but because of the hours I worked in the IBC it was tough to ever find somebody to go with me.
I couldn't find anybody to go with me to the U.S.A.-Spain quarterfinal game, so again I found myself sitting alone inside of the arena. As the NBC announcers have pointed out several times over the last few weeks, the American team was not very popular in Athens. During most games, they were booed. So while I still cheered for the team, I spent most of the first half trying to keep my emotions in check.
At some point, I turned around in my seat and saw none other than David Stern. The commish was sitting next to a woman who was furiously waving an American flag, and cheering each time Team U.S.A. scored.
She was my new hero.
I realized quickly that this must have been Stern's wife. How did I know this? Because the commisioner made absolutely no effort to try and stop her. I have no doubt that the Sterns will be in attendance at today's game. Maybe this time Mrs. Stern can cheer her team into the gold medal game.
Photo via my own personal collection