By Nizar Mahmoud
With the field set in Men’s basketball for the upcoming summer Olympics in the home of Genghis Khan, Who should we root for? Iran, the homeland of Salman Al-Farsi, or Team USA, the team representing the country we are a part of and homeland of Barack Obama? I usually root for Turkey, but they did not qualify this year.
Iran-Iran is obviously a predominately Shiite Muslim country and a huge underdog. If they were to win a medal, it would be one of the biggest upsets ever in the history of sports. I think it would also boost Muslims spirits around the world. Remember when Senegal beat England in the World Cup? Remember the coverage the team received, even the coach getting a forum for Dawah, letting people know he’s a Muslim? Iran getting a medal in Men’s basketball would surpass that 100x. People would be shocked and even some would start to wonder if the West’s world dominance was declining. I mean really, the West is the best in sports, if a non-USA-European team won the gold medal, and they invented the game, the tide is truly changing. If you thought KG’s reaction was over the top in winning a championship, watch how people would react to Iran winning a gold medal. It would definitely be must see TV. Iran over USA in the gold medal game. Wow. Anything is possible. Imagine how many khutbas could be made from this event: Brothers and Sisters, Iran just beat the USA in Men’s basketball. Nothing is impossible for Allah. You just have to work hard, and sports is just one small sign for us to remember what happens when you work hard and place your trust in Allah,etc…. I don’t think NBC would show the medal ceremony, EVER.
USA- With Kobe, Wade, Lebron, and Carmelo, this team is American marketing at its best. All around the world, people know one of those four people. Even the hagga in the village in Egypt knows who Kobe is. Lebron is even learning Mandarin so he can do ads in China. What kind of marketing would they be able to do if they lost to Iran? With the corrupt officiating fiasco, the Sonics leaving Seattle, and then the NBA’s best losing again in International competition, the NBA would definitely take a hit. It is good to see super stars sacrificing for the common good-(Wade is coming off the bench)
All of the players on this squad want to be there, and will do anything to win a gold. To their credit, they are sacrificing their summers to play for their country which is good to see from millionaires.
What I’d like to see? Kobe hits the game winner for the gold medal. Iran gets a silver medal, but Team USA says they are the most respectful team they have ever played, and have amazing teamwork. The players from both teams get to know each other prompting Bush and Ahmadinejad to have direct talks, they come to a resolution about the Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and World War III is averted. The Olympics are back.