The US has had a steady decline in the quality of play in international competition culminating in 2006, which had been a total disaster. Both the Men's and Women's basketball teams are upset in the FIBA championships. Our baseball team, comprised of some of the best we have to offer in the majors, failed to make it out of group stage in the World Baseball Classic. Men's soccer was a total joke (as was our 5th place ranking in the world), as we also did not make it out of the group stage. And now the vaunted US Men's golf, sending the top 3 players in the world over to Ireland only to be spanked and embarrassed. Just today Andy Roddick, playing maybe his highest quality of tennis ever (see US Open), lost to some nobody from Russia today, eliminating the US from Davis Cup. The women had already lost their semi final match vs. Belgium as well in the Fed Cup. This trend is, by all accounts, disappointing.