For those still griping over United States athletes wearing Chinese-made uniforms, things could be worse. Spain is in the midst of a banking crisis, and widespread spending cuts hit the Spanish Olympic team in the worst way -- sartorially speaking. The national Olympic committee opted for freebies made by Russian designer Bosco, rather than fork over 1.5 million Euros in public money.
Many Spanish athletes have voiced displeasure over the ostentatious design, but Spanish officials said the uniforms were approved more than a year ago. In the end, you get what you pay for.
In Sunday's Euro 2012 final, the Italians, already losing by a wide margin, were forced to play a man down after losing their third and final substitution to injury.
After Spain went on to score two more goals to make the score 4-0, goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas pleaded with the referee to end the match early out of "respect for the rival."
His gesture ended the Italians' misery just 30 seconds early, but it still deserves a place among some of the classier moves in sports.
IRL Smurfs of the Day: The southern Spanish village of Júzcar, painted blue by Sony earlier this year for the world premiere of The Smurfs 3D, was due to have its building repainted white.