Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sick of Michael Phelps?

I am.

Not that I dislike him or wish him any specific harm. Heck, I want him to win those races. I'm just tired of having him shoved down our throats. In particular, I'm most sick of all of the "Greatest Olympian of All-Time" garbage.

Let me break it down for you:
A. Swimming is a unique sport that manifests itself in all sorts of different events. There is a seemingly endless combination of lengths, genders, strokes, and number of participants. Being a great swimmer makes you eligible for more events than just about any other sport. Greatest handball player in the world? Maybe you can win one gold medal. Kick-ass at judo? Yeah, you're pigeonholed into a single weight class, pal, so keep that commemorative spoon set on your mantle, you ain't gonna need that much room.

2. Phelps' Schedule and Caloric Intake
Mother, please! Don't try to tell me that he is any more dedicated or busy than any other athlete. Notice what's missing from that 14-hour day? How about clocking in at the plant, or stocking shelves for a shift? You may find my comment ludicrous, when in fact the majority of the athletes hold full-time jobs because their sport and/or (lack of) endorsement deals requires them to work. Part of a dominant USA women's softball team? Yeah, don't get too comfortable, 'cause you've got a 8-hour stretch over in Lumber at Home Depot waiting for you.

D. Who Is the Greatest, Then?
My answer to this question cannot be refuted. The greatest Olympic athlete of all-time is Eric Heiden.

Wrap your head around this. In the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Eric Heiden won gold in every single speed skating event. He won the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, and 10000m races. This is all they had, people.
Let me put in in perspective for you. He won the shortest race, the longest race, and every race in between. Let's say the same feat was accomplished for track. You would have to win the 100 meters, the marathon, and every race in between. Heck, I'd let you win those two and any other three, and then I'd call you the greatest. Last I heard, Phelps was not entered in the 10k Open Water Swim. Maybe if he bested those sharks, along with all of his opponents, then I'd acknowledge his spot as the greatest ever.
Let me blow your mind some more. Following his Olympic career, Heiden had not had enough. He became a world-class cyclist, even taking part in the 1986 Tour de France, although he fell and didn't finish the competition.
You can argue with my points, but you'll be wrong.



On a related note, going into the Olympics, I really wanted to see some table tennis. This morning one of the channels was showing some doubles. I was severely disappointed. It was the weakest form of ping-pong I had ever witnessed. I caught a glimpse of an out-of-focus game taking place about three tables behind the main subject. I could tell it was singles, and this Chinese dude was throwing everything he had into each shot. I was like, "That's the game I want to see...why can't you show me that game?" Olympic Triple-Cast my ass!

Finally...there was a movie reference in this post. Subtle, yet awesome. Big ups to anyone who can identify it in the comments.

22 comments:

Dubbs said...

Are you retarded?

USA beat the Soviets in hockey that year (1980, in Lake Placid), to move on to the finals...winning the gold, and inspiring the movie "Miracle".

Your research is poor. The Soviets didn't boycott those games, in fact, they won 2 medals in men's speed skating. We did boycott the Moscow SUMMER games that year though, so perhaps that's what you were thinking about. In fact, neither the USA nor the Soviets won a medal in speed skating at the 1980 summer games in Moscow.

If you have a problem with the media's coverage of Phelps, I suggest not watching the games from Beijing. But don't disregard his domination of an entire sport just because the media talks about him so much.

William said...

Looks like one reader won't be sending you his Brewers anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

I agree with thorzul that there is too much coverage of michael phelps (and definitely too much of his mother) and it is overshadowing the game. There are hundreds and thousands of athletes, from the US and around the world, who are participants of the olympics and they deserve more time to showcase their skills and dedication. Michael Phleps is good, but he does not deserve that much manufactured attention.

Anonymous said...

I am completely sick of Michael Phelps. In fact, I turned on the Olympics and saw him celebrating another gold medal tonight and changed the channel. Instead, I watched a PBS documentary on Jim Lefevbre training the Chinese Baseball team for the Olympics over the last few years. Much more interesting.

"Pat Forde from ESPN.com said it best in his editorial today:
You can’t help but feel for Natalie Coughlin, who won her 10th career Olympic medal Friday morning. Nobody noticed because Phelps was busy winning his sixth of these Games and setting his sixth world record in the 200 individual medley.
Or for Ryan Lochte, who won his first individual gold in the 200 backstroke and then finished third in that 200 IM 30 minutes later — an amazing display of endurance and toughness. Lochte’s double was relegated to the “In Other News” department.
Michael Phelps is 6-for-6 in Beijing, setting world records in each event.
Or for Rebecca Soni, who earned America’s most surprising swimming gold so far with her upset over Australian Leisel Jones in the 200 breaststroke. Jones had held the world record in the event until Friday, when Soni shattered it and won easily.
How about Katie Hoff? She attempted an Olympic program almost as ambitious as Phelps’, swimming five individual events and a relay. She won three medals, a silver and two bronze. The general response: Wow, she’s no Michael Phelps.
“I don’t really think it’s fair,” Hoff said. “Michael doing what he’s doing is incredible, but it kind of makes the rest of us look …”
She trailed off, but I can finish that sentence for her: like underachievers."

Anonymous said...

Here's a bunch of articles beginning the backlash:

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/the-editors-desk/the-editors-desk/2008/08/sick-of-phelps-face-on-a1/all-comments/#comments

http://fourtwentysix.blogspot.com/2008/08/are-you-sick-and-tired-of-michael.html

http://theuniverseofaem.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-love-olympics-but.html

http://olympics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/the-michael-phelps-backwash/

http://www.yelp.com/topic/san-francisco-who-else-is-sick-and-tired-of-the-michael-phelps-hype

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/brendan_gallagher/blog/2008/08/03/why_michael_phelps_should_not_be_allowed_eight_gold_medals

Anonymous said...

Sick of this blog?

I am.

Not that I dislike it or wish it any specific harm. Heck, I want this blog to report all the news. I'm just tired of having it shoved down our throats. In particular, I'm most sick of all of the "Greatest blog of All-Time" garbage.

Let me break it down for you:
A. Blogging is a unique task that manifests itself in all sorts of different events. There is a seemingly endless combination of letters, words, conjugations, and number of particles. Being a great blogger makes you eligible for more writing than just about any other task. Greatest handball player in the world? Maybe you can win one gold medal. Kick-ass at judo? Yeah, you're pigeonholed into a single weight class, pal, so keep that commemorative spoon set on your mantle, you ain't gonna need that much room.

2. Blogger's Schedule and Caloric Intake
Mother, please! Don't try to tell me that a blogger is any more dedicated or busy than any other writer. Notice what's missing from that 14-hour day? How about commuting to the office, or using a real pen? You may find my comment ludicrous, when in fact the majority of the bloggers hold full-time jobs because the internet and/or (lack of) advertising requires them to work. Part of a dominant USA women's blog? Yeah, don't get too comfortable, 'cause you've got a 8-hour stretch over in Lumber at Home Depot waiting for you.

Anonymous said...

Re: The above post. Who sent Michael Phelps' mom this blog link? You knew she wouldn't be happy?

Dubbs said...

Re: Re: The above post.

Well written though it was, and as much as I disagree w/ Thorzul on the whole Michael Phelps thing, it wasn't me.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was a close one. I turned on NBC to make sure it was Phelps free when they began to start the replay of Michael Phelps 8th Gold Medal win. I frantically scrambled for the remote and switched it to the USA Network just in the knick off time and was able to watch the women's tennis Gold match with Dementieva vs Safina. Not one mention of Phelps! Thanks USA Network!

Anonymous said...

I am so sick of hearing about Michael Phelps and seeing his retarded smile with his big fat monkey ear. Seriously, that guy has physical features of a monkey; long arms, short legs, floppy ear and stupid smile. Besides, swimming isn’t even exciting to watch, its just a bunch of guys and girls doing laps in the pool. If it wasn’t about the medals, I bet no one would care. NBC need to stop showing all those swimming events (Men and women) and show other events. And there too much volleyball on too. For now, I am going to change the channel anytime michael phelps is on or when NBC mention his name. Seriously, i am getting annoyed by his face. ---cindy---

Anonymous said...

It seems like nbc only shows us the events that usa is great at. There are other sports out there. I am sick of Phelps. And he is hard to look at. The other day nbc was suggesting that he was a "sex" symbol. Are you kidding me? Enough already. And volleyball is interesting in much smaller amounts. Every time I turn it on, it's volleyball.

desert plume said...

Calling Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time is so ridiculous it made us stop watching the stupid coverage. We just read sports sections and skip the articles about this guy.

Jesse Owens? Eric Heiden? Dick Button? Jeez Louise?

The other thing that made us stop watching is 'beach volleyball.'

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