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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:40 PM
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Can someone explain to me why Puerto Rico has a team in the olympics?
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shaolinmonkey Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:41 PM
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1. To remind our basketball players what a jump-shot is...
and how to make one.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:42 PM
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2. to kick our ass?
:shrug:
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Westegg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 03:23 PM
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24. Apparently. (I'll see your shrug and raise you an eye-roll and a sigh.)
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:43 PM
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3. Why do Scotland and Wales have a World Cup soccer team?
:shrug:
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:43 PM
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7. Same thing, I guess.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:43 PM
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4. If the US drops bombs on it
its a separate country
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:43 PM
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6. Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding! n/t
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:43 PM
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5. I'm just waiting for the Ohio team.


Go team, go!!!
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:46 PM
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8. Guam, Samoa and the Virgin Islands
all have their own teams, too. Territories get to send their own teams.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:47 PM
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9. US Territories. Why don't anyone else's?
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kiahzero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:49 PM
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10. Hong Kong has it's own team
I think there may be other territories that also get their own teams.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:50 PM
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11. That's really odd.
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kiahzero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 03:08 PM
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23. Makes sense to me
Territories aren't really part of a nation - they generally have less rights and less responsibilities... take, for instance, Puerto Rico, which does not get to vote, but also does not have to pay taxes.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:50 PM
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12. They do
Netherlands Antilles has a team, to name just one.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:51 PM
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13. I think they should stick to real countries.
How many people live in the Netherlands Antilles, or Guam?
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:51 PM
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14. I'm all for it. Bring on the territories.
Edited on Tue Aug-17-04 02:53 PM by Screaming Lord Byron
Even though few people live in the Netherlands Antilles, or Guam. It's OK.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:51 PM
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15. Plenty of other countries' territories have teams.
Canada, for example. :evilgrin:
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:52 PM
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17. Shhh! No-one knows Nepal bought us.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:56 PM
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18. Uh. You know the Queen's still on your money, don't you?
:P
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 03:05 PM
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21. Queen? I thought that was some freaky sherpa dude!
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rkc3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 02:51 PM
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16. There was a story on NPR's lunchtime show today that dealt with the .
same topic. Something to do with the IOC recognizing Puerto Rico's olympic team in 1948, around the same time the US made it a territory.

Although I do like the idea of showing us what a jump shot is. Nice jab doodlehaus.
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Devils Advocate NZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 03:01 PM
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19. Puerto Rico is still a country...
Edited on Tue Aug-17-04 03:01 PM by Devils Advocate NZ
Its just that its currently occupied by a foreign power, just like Iraq.

Now when the US makes Puerto Rico a state, THEN you might have a point about it not having a team in the Olympics.

Of course, then it's team would be the USA team.
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readmylips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 03:04 PM
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20. Can I explain why Spanish is #1 Language in PRico
Spanish is the language of Love, Romance, Passion...and no you aint taking my Spanish language away from me.

My grandma used to say; English is the system that helps you put food on the table, Spanish is the system of your blood and foul.

Viva mi Abuelita! Viva Puerto Rico
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readmylips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-04 03:05 PM
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22. Why Puerto Rico Speaks Spanish...Lesson
Spanish is the language of Love, Romance, Passion...and no you aint taking my Spanish language away from me.

My grandma used to say; English is the system that helps you put food on the table, Spanish is the system of your blood and soul.

Viva mi Abuelita! Viva Puerto Rico
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