Michael Phelps has nearly 50% of the USA’s Gold medals. He has 7 so far and our entire country has 15. To take it a step further, only three COUNTRIES have more Gold medals than Phelps. The USA, China and Germany.
Only 11 countries have more TOTAL medals than Phelps’ has GOLD medals.
Isn’t that insane?
Where is Alain Bernard and his over-the-top bragging now?
Filed under Sports, swimming
Being a boxing writer for over five years I know the sport inside and out. I’ve seen people get title shots without ever beating anyone remotely in the top twenty. I’ve witnessed terrible decisions that had to come down to gross incompentance or criminal corruption. The decisions were so bad I can not think of any other variable. While I am talking about the professional ranks where a won or loss can cost a fighter, his promoter and manager millions of dollars, life in Olympic boxing is also fraught with the same kind of unbelievably bad decisions.
Ask Roy Jones, Jr.
Jones “lost” to South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun, despite out landing Park 86 punches to 32. That would be like scoring 10 runs in a baseball game while holding the other team to 1 and being declared the loser. The decision was so bad the IOC was shamed into suspending all three judges that ruled in Park’s favor. Unlike the 2002 Winter Olympics scandal where in the aftermath the IOC made Russian and Canadian figure skates co-gold medalist, Jones has never been given a reprieve.
That brings us to this year’s Olympics. It is no different. Lest you believe I am another biased American in my Olympic coverage (I am- though I try not to be), the Ukrainian team filed a protest over lightweight Oleksandr Klyuchko’s 10-8 loss to Hu Qing on Monday night. The protest was reviewed and denied. Not to be outdone the Brits also jumped on the bandwagon with British bantamweight Joe Murray and his coach accusing Olympic judges of favoring his Chinese opponent Tuesday. Finally, our US coach Dan Campbell didn’t like the scoring in medal favorite Rau’shee Warren’s upset loss to South Korea’s Lee Ok-sung.
Grrrrr… looks like Russia doesn’t have the corner on being the Grinch who stole Olympic spirit from the world…
Filed under boxing, Sports
Let’s start with baseball. A few days ago I read an article telling me that no “name” baseball stars would be traded. For the life of me I can’t find it now to give you the link and publicly shame the person that wrote it. Three guaranteed future hall of famers, Pudge Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr and Manny Ramirez were all traded in the past couple of days since that article was published. Perhaps it was pulled for inaccuracy?
Keeping with the boys of summer, Alex Rodriguez aka A-Rod just announced in divorce papers that his wife’s allegations of cheating were, “immaterial and impertinent.” It’s funny that he used the word “immaterial” in the filing since one of his rumored dalliances is rumored to be with “The Material Girl” herself, Madonna. Alex buddy, don’t ever tell a woman you are divorcing that you laying the pipe with other women was no big deal… something about “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. She’s likely to dig in her heels and be willing to take less in the end to make your life absolute hell during the process. And divorces can last an eternity. Ask Alec Baldwin. He separated from his wife in 2000…