Brian Cazeneuve has it right. As of this moment, we REALLY have to consider whether or not Michael Phelps is the greatest/most dominant athlete in the world.
I am going to take a pass on questioning the world records; as EVERYONE ELSE in swimming is also breaking records. Former swimmers are saying that there is no reason to be suspect. Every swimmer is competing on a level playing field. I’m not going to question it; I don’t think there is anything to question.
What I WILL question is whether or not Michael Phelps will return to Baltimore and become an ambassador not only for the sport of swimming, but for the city. The story of Phelps receiving an autographed Ravens jersey and having it mean more to him than his gold medal is one that touches all of us; but good feelings aren’t enough. It was Peter Parker’s great uncle Ben who said “With great power comes great responsibility.” Michael Phelps returns to Baltimore as arguably the greatest athlete in the world; and the question now is whether or not he will show the maturity and responsibility necessary to truly represent the title here in Charm City.
Michael Phelps’ focus leading up to an event is incredible. Maybe the IPod is the most significant invention in sports preparation, as Michael seems to be unflappable as he gets ready. I was forced to sit through the women’s gymnastics as I was waiting for his second race; and it was incredible to see the difference in watching the athletes prepare. Michael remains totally unfazed right up until the moment he hits the pool; whereas the gymnasts appear almost as though they are going to faint right up until they reach the moment. It is truly unreal to compare.
I have to admit, I didn’t even realize how much I would be caught up in this. Michael Phelps truly is the most significant athlete in Baltimore. He’s in the argument as the most significant athlete in Baltimore history. We’re all watching. We’re all captivated. We’re all talking about it. If he’s racing against the Ravens game Saturday night; I genuinely might stay home to watch.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester says time for Suggs to report to practice
Casey Willett says Troy ‘has not been great’, but Boller and Flacco haven’t either
Marc Bouchard says 52 helping 85
Rob Long getting ‘anxious’ (the bad kind) about ’08 Ravens
Keith Melchior thinks some legends missing from museum
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps now stands alone as greatest Olympic Champion with 11 gold medals
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says suits amongst reason Phelps, etc. breaking records in Beijing
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps, Hoff have busy mornings
Chicago Tribune’s Philip Hersh says Hoff fails to medal in two events
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps not from ‘mean streets’
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Hoff not ‘disappointment’ at Olympics
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Malaythong also representing Maryland in Beijing
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders if IOC has taken steps to get Spitz to Beijing
Scripps Howard News Service says Phelps emotional over gold record
Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi/The AP say major stars checked out Phelps in Cube
Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Phelps now 5/5 in Beijing
Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins says Phelps had to race with water in goggles
NBCOlympics.com’s Alan Abrahamson says relay gold came as Phelps & Company smashed world record
ESPN.com’s Pat Forde says Phelps now ‘greatest Olympian ever’
Fox Sports’/New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro says no more adjectives exist to describe Phelps
SI’s Brian Cazeneuve says Phelps in argument for greatest athlete in world
Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Phelps ‘speechless’ after setting record
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis RBI tied things in 7th, but Indians touch up J. Johnson for 2 in 8th
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Guthrie tries to turn things around tonight vs. Reyes
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds won’t change rotation yet
Indians Official Site’s Andrew Gribble says 21k see Indians take 2nd from Birds
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says defensive woes continue in loss
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds, Matusz ‘far apart’; but Matusz hopes to get deal done
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says four run first doomed Olson, Birds in loss
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Neal could allow McClain to take snaps at RB
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds commit four errors in loss
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Mickolio to be next reliever called up
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz looking for fair ‘but not record breaking’ deal
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says 50th millionth could very well be Red Sox fan
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Liz turns in solid start on farm
The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Markakis’ average up to .303 with two hits last night
The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Payton, Castro combined for big defensive play
The AP says A. Cabrera lead charge for Indians
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens sign veteran FB Neal
The Official Site says Harbaugh likes Neal’s history with Cameron
The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says smoking rules changed at M&T
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Stover’s 48 yard boot gave Ravens afternoon off
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Kracalik’s starting position still undecided
The Sun’s Edward Lee & Jamison Hensley say players ‘respect’ Neal
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Yanda giving Ravens boost at guard
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Ravens jersey more valuable to Phelps than gold medal
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says former Colts not sympathetic to Ravens’ tough Camp
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Flacco best of QB’s in Camp Tuesday
The Sun says M. Smith wants to ‘fly’
The Sun’s Ken Murray says coaching could be in B. Jackson’s future
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Reed has ‘neck injury’
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Figurs absent due to birth of child
The Sun’s Mike Preston likes Neal acquisition
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Boller started Tuesday well, but struggled after
Aaron Wilson says Martin, Prude, Pittman competing for roster spot
Aaron Wilson says Neal has blocked for 11 consecutive 1,000 yard rushers
Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh wanted afternoon practice, but thought players deserved day off
Aaron Wilson says T. Smith maybe ‘too excited’ for Saturday start
The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Barnes making impression in Suggs’ absence
The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Stover thought practice kick had more pressure than game winner
The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Scott busy making plays yesterday
The Examiner’s Phil Macek not skeptical about Neal signing
The AP says Cameron excited to work with Neal again
ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if Neal, Cameron can recreate San Diego ‘super’ magic
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cody ‘still rookie’
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer gives Ravens no chance to make playoffs
The Official Site says C. Jackson stars at goal line in tenth practice
The Official Site says former Terp Abdur-Ra’oof will lead M Club
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps have borderline Top 25 recruiting class right now
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says fans getting impatient on QB decision
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ivey, Russell to each miss at least 3 weeks
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph clearly respects Steffy
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Oquendo will beat Tyler for return job
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh looks at banged up Ivey (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh discusses Ralph’s post-scrimmage thoughts (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says NJ LB prospect back on campus (must subscribe)
Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman looks at those whose stock has risen over summer (must subscribe)
The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says former Terp Jones trying out in Romania
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in on more prospects from DC event (must subscribe)
The Official Site says Niumatalolo using multiple slots with Bryant back at QB
The Sun’s Don Markus says Mids preparing for Sept. 30 as if Bryant to be starter
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Deliz not first former captain to play for Mids
Go Mids’ Christian Swezey says fans will be important factor in Navy’s tilt with Rutgers
Go Mids’ Matt Alkire checks in with prospect Phillipy (must subscribe)
Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Buggs Combs resigns as assistant (Gordy’s son)
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Bears bring back 50 players from last year’s team
CRYSTAL PALACE USA:
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Palace opens playoffs tonight against Harrisburg
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES:
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Hagerstown undefeated during run to Williamsport
Thoroughbred Times says Eight Belles to be memorialized at Churchill Downs
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I have to disagree with Rick Maese regarding Katie Hoff. Without a gold medal, the 2008 Olympics WILL be a disappointment for Katie Hoff; as I know her expectations were to win gold in Beijing. That being said, she still has her chances.
-I REALLY like the Lorenzo Neal acquisition. I think it shows that the Ravens are concerned about their RB’s getting beat up; and they want to do something to address the problem. 37 year old Lorenzo Neal might not be as good as 32 year old Lorenzo Neal; but he MIGHT be as good as 32 year old Sam Gash. That’s better than Justin Green or Le’Ron McClain. It doesn’t make this a 10 win team though.
-Why wait to make the Hayden Penn move? Do you really want to see Dennis Sarfate again?
-Brian Matusz should take whatever the Orioles offer. I actually won’t be that angry if for some reason the Birds don’t get the job done. If his slotted value is $5 million; he should get it. If it isn’t, he should stop making demands.
-Speedy recoveries to Travis Ivey and Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku Enhada.
-Get out to UMBC and root on Crystal Palace in the playoffs tonight.
Crabs and Beer will be off the next two days; as I will be hosting the Comcast Morning Show with Thyrl Nelson. Make sure you tune in! Talk to you then, and talk to you on here Monday!