Phelps and Coughlin dominate the pool…

August 17, 2008

Last night Michael Phelps re-wrote the record books.  Phelps finished up his marathon swim meet to go eight-for-eight in gold medals beating Mark Spitz for the record number of golds. WOW.  Eight gold medals, are you kidding me?  Phelps was  apart of the mens 4×100 IM team last night to help him cap it all off.  In most sporting events, he needed a little help from his friends.  Jason Lezak got the hand off of the final leg of the race with a small lead.  Phelps was forced to sit and watch Lezak hold off the rest of the field.  So is Phelps’ feat the greatest of all time?  Its certainly close(anyone see another article coming?).

The great thing about Phelps is that he can keep things in perspective.  He commented on that there was no way he could have broken the Spitz record without his teammates.  His best comment came to Bob Costas later when he said that before the games he had thought about it a lot, and that this proves you can do anything that you put your mind to.  What a great example for kids these days.  He carried himself at these games like a professional, giving credit where credit is due, and allowing himself to enjoy the moment.  Congrats Michael, your now a huge part of the sports history world.  I’m glad that I was able to watch every race.

Not to be out done, the ladies have been kicking but as well.  One smaller story is that womens swimmer Natalie Coughlin is now the most decorated women in US history with 6 medals in this games.  Coughlin’s haul: gold in the 100m back, silver in the 4×100 free relay, 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medlay and bronze in the 100m free and 200m IM.  Coughlin has been impressive, but probably picked the worst year to have a great Olympics.  I’m yet to see anyone cover Couglin’s feat for US womens swimming, other then a small mention by Andrea Cramer after the 4×100 relay.  Either way, she is worth mentioning.  Coughlin has anchored the womens team throughout and has done so with grace and style.  So, we at Frank-ly Sports would like to say CONGRATS to Natalie, you go girl!

Athletes like Phelps and Coughlin make you have faith that there are still some athletes that aren’t self centered and after the buck.  Phelps and Coughlin are always open for interviews, spend as much time as people need, smile, and have a great time.  Its certainly refreshing to see.  Thanks guys.


Hello China!

August 15, 2008

Finally, I’m back to grace the pages of Frankly Sports.  Things have really been busy.  My apologies to my faithful readers who have been deprived of my witty expertise and whimsical writing.  I will see what I can serve up for you here.

The Olympics have been underway for a week so far, and damn have they been impressive.  The opening ceremonies were done with the type of precision that took your breath away.  From  drummers counting down the time, to pyrotechnics(some fake, some real), singing, dancing, Tai Chi and of course the torch, the Chinese dressed to impress and showcased Beijing.  I’m not sure if I can pinpoint my favorite spot, but the torch lighting was pretty remarkable.  Even with the uneasy moment of when they lowered the torch bearer into a diagonal position, and I swear he was going to fall to his death.  I think the reconstruction of the birds nest by people dressed in suits that light up.  No doubt it was impressive.  I think that the parade of nations was more interesting then I can ever remember.  With the trying and complex global structure of the world these days, listening to Bob Costas and Matt Lauer explain the detail of each country and how sport plays a roll in their life.  For some, how sport rescued them from their lives.  I was glad that the U.S. didn’t get booed, that was a tense moment for some reason.

So far Beijing has proven to give us some great moments.  Its sure to leave us with plenty more.  Here is a quick list of my favorites thus far:

1. Michael Phelps-That Visa commercial is wrong, the guy is a fish…Why do they even have the events, just give him a fist full of golds, and let him go play guitar hero all day.

2. Mens 4×100 freestyle relay team wins gold-especially after all the trash talk by the Frenchies, that epic last 50 m will go down in history.  Lezak was flying.

3. Mens All-around gymnastics finals-The U.S. men were left for dead in this competition with the Hamm brothers out, but they rallied around a “have fun, no regrets” mantra and were able to get a bronze  medal

4. President Bush-Dubbya was everywhere the first few days, and for once, he really looked like he was having fun. The man loves everything about sports, and I was happy to see him enjoying himself.  The footage of him getting a lesson from Misty May-Treanor was priceless.

5.Dalhauser/Rogers upset-US Mens top team Dalhauser and Rogers were upset in the rain to Lithuania.  That turned the focus even more towards the pool play.

6.Redeam Team does us proud-Kobe, LeBron and D-Wade have been humiliating people, and all is right with the world as we thrash teams by 30 points. We are 3-0, have disposed of China and avenged a loss from 4 years ago to Greece.

Slowly the shift goes from the pool and the gym to the track and hoops.  I’m most excited for the mens 100m dash.  Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay will be the headliners as three of the fastest men  on the planet.  Lets hope that the hype of the race is worth it.  Bolt is the latest Jamaican to break the world record, and is making headlines in the track world daily.  Get your popcorn ready for this one, its gonna be good.

The USA basketball team has successfully gotten on the comeback trail, and is on the fast track to the gold medal game. Dwayne Wade has been leading the way with 19 per, but LeBron James’ defense has been on display as of late.  The women have been business as usual, going 3-0 and upping their Olympic streak to 28 games.

I could go on forever about this. There are so many more medals to be one and lost, so many more moments that will be isolated in time forever, and I plan on watching every minute of it.


Thank god that is over

August 7, 2008

Yes, I’m talking about the Brett Farve drama.  I was so drunk on this stuff, it made me sick.  This has a lot of the form and feel of when Montana went to Kansas City and almost got them to the big show.  I don’t know if Brett will have the weapons that Montana did, or that he did in Green Bay, but I assure you he’ll give it a go.

Thank heaven and the Christmas time that its over.  Lets see how the country boy does in the Big Apple, maybe he’ll call Eli Manning for some advice.

 

Browns vs. Jets tonight in pre-season tonight, be there or be square.  GO BROWNS!