It’s Just Swimming

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

America, if not the whole world is buzzing about the latest story in this year’s Summer Olympics.  American swimmer Michael Phelps just captured his 7th gold medal, tying a 36-year-old record set by Mark Spitz in Munich.  This latest one came just recently Friday evening (United States) or Saturday in China when Phelps narrowly beat out his Serbian competitor.

I was at a poker game yesterday evening, and most of the table could barely get through a hand once someone turned the television to NBC for Olympic coverage.  Every single person there had something to add and commentating on the swimming competitions, that of course featured Michael Phelps.  It has been widely publicized that Phelps was seeking to tie, if not beat the record for attaining medals in a single Olympiad.  Sports and news reports everywhere speculated.  In fact, I’m sure that if you are in the United States, you’ve heard about Phelps and what he has done or expected to do.

I guess it’s rightfully so, I mean it is the Summer Olympics.  The greatest collection of sporting competition in the world.  It only happens once every four years.  Although it may not be as popular as it once has been, it definitely has a following.  A following that likely has grown in the last few weeks, thanks to Mr. Phelps.  The way it’s looking now, whenever someone mentions the 2008 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps will probably be mentioned in the same breath.  I feel sorry for this early set of sports in the aquatic sports division who are being severely overshadowed.

Not for nothin’, but it’s just swimming!  Okay, I know the guy is going to get multiple gold medals, representing our country, good for him, but it’s just swimming.  I don’t mean to underplay what he’s doing or the effort he’s putting in, but it’s generally not what headlines the Summer Olympics.  Lets go ahead, give him the medals that he’s already gonna earn and bring on the events that we wait to see.  We’re talking basketball, boxing, weightlifting, and track and field.  Hell, I’ll even take Archery and Wrestling.  But something, anything.  I want to be like the rest of my country and watch something that I actually have rooting interest in.

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