Olympian and New Orleans Hornets rookie-to-be Anthony Davis has some serious competition.
Davis became the youngest American to win an Olympic men's basketball gold medal Sunday when Team USA held off Spain, 107-100. But Kobe Bryant may have one-upped Davis in the "Unibrow" department with this photo Bryant posted on his Facebook page Sunday evening of Davis next to this Armenian Olympic counterpart under the post: "Battle of the unibrow!!! Who wins???"
Some other Olympic thoughts:
- The London Games were great to watch, and not only because the Americans dominated in the medal count, although that helped. Watching so many - mostly young - Team USA athletes was a reassuring sign not all Americans are fat slobs who can't cross the street without a cigarette or Twinkie break. I usually stop for candy myself.
- Will Tom and Gisele light the Olympic flame in Rio? Or will they keep the passion limited to their Pacific Palisades bedroom.
- Favorite moment of the Games: Watching Team USA's gold-medal game Sunday with my son because - 1. The game was live. 2. My son heads off to college next week.
- Congratulations to LeBron James. Well done. We were behind you all the way. That will be the last time I write that until 2016. Too bad LeBron's work-ethic, commitment to winning we've seen in the past two months and his all-out clutch play (to wit his destruction of the Celtics in Games 6 and 7, that NBA title and his back-breaking three-pointer Sunday) does not rub off on some of John Henry's other business interests.
- Kobe Bryant said that was his Olympic finale. So we'll never have to root for him again
- Speaking of things that now happen every four years - Jon Lester won a game Sunday
- Sunday's gold-medal game put to rest any question over which "Dream Team" was better. Jordan, Magic and Bird would have beaten Spain by 30 despite their advanced age.
- 2016 may be different. James, Davis, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should be joined by Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Rondo and - hopefully - a mature and motivated Dwight Howard. Put Doc Rivers in charge of that squad - or Doug Collins as Rivers himself recommended Sunday - and watch out. Blowout city.
- These were the XXX Summer Olympics, but they could have easily been called the "Title IX" Olympics. For years, the American women were competing against Soviet Bloc "females" and others who had advantages well beyond their athletic ability. Seeing the American women race to victory in the pool, on the track and claim gold on the basketball court, gymnastics floor and soccer pitch is a testament to 40 years of gender equity in high schools and collegiate sports.
- Favorite Athlete of the 2012 Games: Decathlon winner Ashton Eaton. No other event personifies what the Olympics are about from an athletic standpoint better than the decathlon. Kids, before Bruce Jenner became a side-act with the Kardashians - he was "the world's greatest athlete" after winning the decathlon in 1976 during the Montreal Games. Jenner was also the inspiration for this epic SNL spoof:
Watching Eaton - and fellow American Trey Hardee - capture the gold and silver on tape-delay and then switching over to the latest Red Sox debacle on NESN was overwhelmingly depressing. Eaton burned more calories throwing the shot put than Josh Beckett has expended in the past 16 months. Second favorite: Sanya Richards-Ross, especially since her husband no longer plays for the Giants.
- Favorite Athlete of the 2016 Games: Missy Franklin. At age 17, she comes off as beyond genuine and will be with us for several Olympiads to come. Incredible ability and poise for someone at such a young age.
- Least Favorite Athlete of the Games: Anyone over the age of 35 not riding a horse or shooting a gun.
- Favorite Non-American Gold Medal Moment: Kirani James winning the 400-meter race for Grenada. He's only 19. Old enough to be his dad, too. Watching Great Britain's Jessica Ennis capture the heptathlon wasn't bad either. Third place, every time China got a silver medal.
- Funny how China finished a distant second in the medal count when the Olympics weren't on their home turf. It's tough to smuggle those 10-year-old gymnasts into another country.
- Michael Phelps is the best spokesman for marijuana since Robert Parish.
- Don't understand the unmitigated hate directed toward Ryan Lochte. He did win five medals. It's not like he got arrested for headbutting his wife after she stumbled across a receipt for box a condoms. Sure, Lochte was over-hyped - as was Lolo Jones - and a bit of a doofus at times. But at least he was honest about peeing in the pool. The majority of these Olympic athletes (again, note the word "athlete" as opposed to "member of the Boston Red Sox") are guaranteed little if any monetary reward for their years of effort. Yet they persevere. Save the hate for beer-swilling, chicken-chomping pitchers or any other athlete with a guaranteed contract who mails it in, lets his body go down the tubes with minimal effort or takes $6 million from Bob Kraft and can't even bother to learn the damn playbook
- James Bond is still way cooler than Jason Bourne.
We depart with this:
Couldn't agree more.
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