Every sport is an extreme sport in Afghanistan.
April 29, 2002 4:25 AM   Subscribe

Every sport is an extreme sport in Afghanistan.
Sorry couldn't help posting this surreal news tidbit: "A friendly basketball game between U.S. and Afghan teams turned violent, with one American player kicked in the head and two Afghan spectators shot in the leg, peacekeepers and witnesses said Friday."
posted by talos (9 comments total)
..peacekeepers and witnesses said Friday
well the peacekeepers weren't really doing their job where they
posted by monkeyJuice at 4:47 AM on April 29, 2002

As every excuse for not sending people in in the past says, peace keepers are there to keep the peace, not make it. Once the spectators start fighting there is no peace. Simple.
posted by vbfg at 5:27 AM on April 29, 2002

No basketball game in the US has ever involved violence or ended in gunplay, no way. Damn Afghanistan!
posted by rodii at 6:15 AM on April 29, 2002

At least we know where Dennis Rodman is playing now.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:27 AM on April 29, 2002

apropos of nothing, Mongolia's the only league outside of North America that plays according to NBA rules. (Everyone else uses the FIBA codex, I think).
posted by GrahamVM at 7:30 AM on April 29, 2002

Think how much more interesting basketball in the US would be if they occasionally shot a spectator.

Not sure it would do much for ticket sales, but the cheap seats would now be floor level...
posted by hadashi at 7:48 AM on April 29, 2002

I'm sure in the five weeks since this happened we have more than made up for the incident by bombing the hell out of these poor sports.
posted by Mack Twain at 11:37 AM on April 29, 2002

Wait, the gaurd had a machine gun? Why would you play basketball armed?

Oh, wait...
posted by delmoi at 3:17 PM on April 29, 2002

Afghanistan is one of the few places left where people might still have the guts required to play an old-fashioned game of lacrosse. Maybe, if we had the Afghans on our side, we could just challenge the Iraqis to a game of lacrosse instead?
posted by sheauga at 8:26 PM on April 29, 2002

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