The Tale of Zippy

Updated: August 25, 2006, 1:48 PM ET
Greetings from Tokyo, just down the train line from Saitama, where Team USA will take on Australia on Sunday afternoon (midnight on the East Coast, 9 p.m. Saturday on the West Coast) in the Round of 16 at the World Championship.

The Americans and Australians have a pretty colorful history over the past decade, and luckily for you I was there each time they played, and I have a couple of good stories to tell. With one of them, U.S. scouting director Rudy Tomjanovich actually broke into a belly laugh Thursday night when we were recalling it together.