LOUD PANTS

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Phil Dalhausser, left, of US looks on as his teammate Todd Rogers, right, dives for a ball during their Beach Volleyball match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Phil Dalhausser, left, of US looks on as his teammate Todd Rogers, right, dives for a ball during their Beach Volleyball match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Did you see those argyle pants Norway's curling team wore for the winter Olympics and think, "I wish they made something like that for the beach?"

Neither did I.

But American beach volleyball players Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser did.

The defending gold medalists took to the sand for the first time on Sunday night wearing a funky red, white and blue boardshort designed by Loudmouth, the same company that made the much-discussed pants the Norwegian curlers wore in the Vancouver Games. They narrowed it down from eight choices to three they'll wear in London.

Rogers told the AP's Janie McCauley this spring that he doesn't care what the clothes look like as long as they fit well so they don't distract him while he's playing.

"I don't think anyone's ever worn anything like this at the Summer Games," he said after beating Japan in their opener on Sunday night. "It's different. It's fun. Beach volleyball is a fun game, so I think they go hand in hand."

— Jimmy Golen — Twitter: http://twitter.com/jgolen

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