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Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Posted on: August 24, 2008 4:22 am

The basketball gold medal game was stunning, the officials absolutely awful but in the end the Redeem Team lived up to its name.

It wasn't their best night. The Americans at times played defense with the intensity of a Sunday afternoon jogger.

This game will go down as one of the top five in Olympic basketball history and Spain deserves a great deal of credit for taking the Americans to the limit.

Still, overall in these Olympics the Americans were spectacular, particularly Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. They enabled you to root for USA basketball again, they rebuilt our image, and they mostly handled themselves with class and dignity. If you can't be proud of what they did -- and the women as well -- then you're more cynical than I am. Which is impossible.

While these Olympics will be remembered for Michael Phelps what the basketball team did was far more impressive. Yes. Far more.

The reason why is pressure. If Phelps had earned five gold medals instead of eight he wouldn't have been called a failure.

If the United States won a silver or bronze the players would've been treated like total losers. They'd be called embarrassing. Media and fans would be screaming for massive changes.

The world and many people in this country waited for the Redeemers to fail so everyone could wag their fingers and portray the Americans as street ballers incapable of playing the precision International game.

You don't think the Americans knew this? You don't think they felt this pressure and it didn't weight on their chests like Shaquille O'Neal's backside?

Phelps had only Mark Spitz to worry about. The basketball team was fighting the failures of the recent past as well as our cynicism.

It's late on the East Coast and the game just ended. My eyes are barely open but I'm nevertheless giddy. Actually, I'll say it, as corny as it sounds, I'm proud as hell.
Category: Olympic Games
Tags: Redeem Team

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 10:03 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Sorry Mike, but you are way off base on this one.

The Men's Basketball Team merely played to its potential - period.  It didn't exceed expectations - this was no "Miracle on Parquet". 

Michael Phelps on the other hand was the most dominant performance by any athlete in the history of the Olympic Games.  Other than one race he literally destroyed his competition.  He set 7 World Records, an Olympic record, and had a personal best time in each event in the course of winning his 8 medals.  It is unlikely we will ever see that type of performance again. 

To suggest that the Redeem Team is a better story is ridiculous. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 9:24 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

While watching the scroll on the bottom line I continued to read "US basketball wins first gold medal since 2000".   I thought about that for a minute and said that is all of 1 why such an outcry about a "redeem team".  I mean seriously has sports totally taken over the USA?  I think the bigger question is when was the last time the USA "won a gold medal" for health care, or education etc.  That is really what the USA should be thinking about redeeming!

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 9:20 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

No doubt. Phelps was expected to win some medals or suppose to win some gold medals because of his past performances. On the other hand, Team USA basketball outcome was in question before the final team was assembled and so many negatives surrounded the final 12. Everything from not enough height to not enough shooters, then not enough experience, one was a rapist, another had one to many beers,  so forth and so on. I have seen or heard it all. Nevertheless, they prevailed. The world players threw everything they had at Team USA, big, small, young, talented, smart, and physical players plus poor officiating, but they were determined to get back our reputation as having the best basketball players in the world. To me, this is a better story.    

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 8:28 am

Redeemers & Phelps.....NO COMPARISON!

Why do any of you even bother replying to garbage like this?  Furthermore, why does Freeman feel the need to make an absurd comparison between Phelps and The Redeemers?  I'll tell you why.....because he LOVES the attention we're all giving him.  We all know when it comes to comparison, there is no comparison.  ESPECIALLY after watching Team USA perform the second go-around with the Spaniards.  Hey, I'm GLAD they won.  I was jumping up and down until I realized there was no way for Spain to come back but you all know just as well as Freeman does that Team USA nearly BLEW that game. 

Team USA has won basketball gold many times in the past.  However, Team USA has NOT, until the Beijing games, employed an athlete who won gold in EVERY event he swam in.

Like I said, there is no comparison.  What Michael Phelps did in that pool completely swamps the basketball team's accomplishment.  I don't think it makes him the greatest athlete in the history of the United States.  But thats a can of worms we needn't open at the moment.  Having all this been said.....I'll end with a well-deserved "Congratulations" to every athlete who represent the red, white and blue with gold, silver or bronze.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 6:34 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

This was one of the more idiotic statements I have heard for some time...  USA basketball team bigger news than Phelps- okkkaaaayyyy?!?!  I have my suspicions why Freeman said this, but I will keep it to myself...  It is amazing the people that have the power of the pen and they can write anything they want- but it is nice we have a forum to speak out.... 

Wish they drug tested journalists as well as athletes!

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 6:09 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

your post deserves an A+++... 

In less words, maybe he's biased?  I haven't watched basketball for years and the redeem team didn't get me to watch a second of it.  I haven't EVER watched swimming and I watched races 4-8 for phelps. 

There is soo much stupidity in that article, omg...  I think I disagree with 90% of what was said

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 5:17 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

There is no comparison at all.  Phelps accomplishments blew away the NBA all-star team.  Eight gold medals vs one, seven world records vs. none are two examples.  The US basketball team was much more talented then any other team in the field. Phelps and his teammates were more evenly matched in several of the events and had to beat several previous world record holders to win their gold medals.  Phelps on more that one occasion had to swim back to back events within an hour, that would be like the basketball team having to play two or three games within the same day.  Would they have fared as well? Who knows.   All of the involved parties stepped up and put forth the effort to win their respective golds, but saying the basketball team was a better story is absolutely absurd.

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 3:24 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

All i can say is BRAVO Bong Show. i don't mikey ever realizes exactly what he says until the facts are thrown right in his cheesy factless grill. your article was 100x his and i look forward to reading the next one. and as good as the redeem team is their accomplishment doesn't hold a candle to phelps'. peace!

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 12:54 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Couldn't agree more. I truly cannot imagine what Phelps, or Bolt did. They are studs who defined the Olympics. The Redeem Team? Expected to win and did win. 21 point favorites? Wow! Didn't look like it, but happy they bring home the gold. Just not comparable to the true Olympic stories.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 12:37 am

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Freeman is wrong can compare between the redeem team with Michale Phelps. It is like comparing Tiger Wood with Mj and try to figure out who is better...It is so stupid coming up with this article in the first place

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