Michael Phelps and Greatness

Greatness. It’s above the all too frequently tossed around term, superstar.

There’s no question Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian in history.

He has twenty-two Olympics medals, including 18 golds. Eighteen gold medals over three Olympics. He’s twenty-seven and calling it quits after this…allegedly. He won four golds and two silvers in this Olympics, his fourth. His first Olympics were in Sydney, when he was 15. It’s hard to believe he has been swimming at the highest level for this long.

Twenty-two medals.  He has twice as many Olympics gold medals as any other competitor.

The other swimmers  from the other relay teams lined up to congratulate him after his final Olympics race.

Now I know Doc Rivers said something about wanting an NBA title more than an Olympics gold medal. He can say that, but there’s way more chances to win an NBA title. The basics of the Olympics in an individual sport is this: You have one chance to win the gold. You screw it up, it’s over. This guy won the equivalent of 18 NBA titles over a twelve-year period.

Phelps is doing an interview with Bob Costas. He says he has no regrets. No kidding. Phelps says he admires Michael Jordan. Not even Jordan was this dominant over this period of time. Jordan should admire Phelps. Phelps can quit and be okay with it.

Phelps: The Winner of Winners.

 

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About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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