The US boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics as a protest to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, so the Soviets boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as a form of retaliation. After the US easily won the gold in '84, Bobby Knight had this to say: "I've been watching them [the Russians] for two years. The Russians wouldn't have won here," he said. "They can't play defense. They couldn't have beaten some of the teams in this tournament, and if you guys don't know that, you're not as smart as I think...And I don't think you're too smart, anyway." Knight added, "We'll beat their butt anywhere they want to play." Lesson learned: Don't fuck with coach Knight.
13. Bobby Knight Ethers the Soviets