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Ladies' night

Posted by Bob Ryan, Globe Staff  August 21, 2008 08:09 AM

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BEIJING --- Good thing we brought the ladies here.

American women are doing some very big things for the US of A as the Beijing Olympics wind down. As I write, five American women's sports teams will either be playing for a gold medal or are on the verge of playing one, over the next 30 hours.

Softball, water polo and soccer will be trying to get past Japan, Hungary and Brazil, respectively, Thursday night, Beijing time. Volleyball will play the China-Brazil winner in the gold medal game on Friday night. And basketball plays Russia in a semifinal match this evening.

And that's not counting the unbeatable Beach Volleyball duo of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, or, as I like to call 'em, Bambi and Thumper, who romped to the gold without losing a set.

Two big thumbs up for the volleyball ladies, who advanced to their championship game the hard way, toppling ancient nemesis Cuba in straight sets at the Capital Gymnasium yesterday. Nine days ago the always formidable Cubans had beaten the Americans in straight sets during preliminary play. But Team USA was dominant on Thursday, blowing the Cubans out a score of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17.

Is it any longer necessary to point out that none of this would be happening without Title IX? Its effect on our national sports landscape can never be exaggerated.

Wouldn't you pay cash money to see players on all these great teams mix and match in some sort of Superstars competition?

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