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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: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 11:15 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Personally....I couldn't care less about Olympic basketball....there are Olympic stories of all kinds out there that mean more to me...

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 10:49 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Your a fool!!

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 10:31 pm

Are you kidding me?!

This is the most ridiculous article i've ever read. I'm impressed with and happy for the redeem team. I think what they did was great and proved that this country still dominates in basketball despite the loss in '04. However, to say that their gold medal is more impressive than Michael Phelps' 8 gold medals and 7 world records is absolutely absurd. Phelps was able to win 8 gold medals in a sport where specializing in one stroke is common and the best in the world win maybe 2 or 3 gold medals in their strokes. Phelps showed his complete dominance in the sport by winning 8 medals specializing in ALL strokes. The redeem team may have had more pressure than Phelps because of the fact that they messed up in '04 and lost when they should've dominated like they did this year. But then again, that pressure is on 12 different guys winning one medal. Phelps won 8 medals, 5 of them alone, 3 of them with 3 other teammates.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 10:25 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Just plain dumb. This guy has no understanding of sports. I would have fired his behind after write such rubbish.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 10:08 pm

Are you kidding me?!

This is an absurd article.  There is no way that the Redeem team winning gold is more impressive than Michael Phelps winning 8 gold medals.  Sure what the Redeem team did is great, but Michael Phelps went 8-8 in gold medal races setting world records in 7 of his 8 races.  That is impressive on a multitude of levels.  It's impressive to set one world record.  But 7?!  That is incredible on the basis that some people come to the olympics in swimming for one event.  They specialize in one race.  Phelps obviously showed his incredible ability to be the best in the world at 8 different races and did something never done before.  I'm proud of the Redeem team but there is no way in heck it can be compared to Phelps' 8 gold medals and 7 world records.  

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 9:59 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Maybe I am one of the few who actually enjoy Sportsline's writers (yeah, even Freeman), but I'm going to chalk this  blog entry to entering it at 4:22 am.  I also was half in the bag, giddy, and tired by the end of this game.  But as impressive as this team was throughout the tourny, it is no way not even close to what Phelps, Bolt, even the US Woman's Soccer team against Brazil, accomplished to win gold.  Not your best, Mike.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 8:06 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Thanks for the laugh Freeman, no way was the USA gold medal in basketball more impressive than Phelps

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 7:32 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

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


   The above line may be the worst I've ever read by someone who is paid to write about sports.  Phelps won 8 gold medals, broke 7 world records and broke 8 olympic records in a 9 day span.  You're article wouldn't have gotten trashed nearly as much if you would have just left out that one stupid line.  You could have came back on and either said that you perhaps went over the top with that statement or defended it with something substantive, yet you didn't choose the high road, instead you defended yourself with sophmoric barbs at people's screen names and avatars because the 30 or so unpaid posters absolutely schooled you and owned you.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 7:26 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

If Michael Phelps was an African American would Freeman still feel the same way? I think not. I can imagine the embarrassment that TEAM USA would have experienced if it failed to bring back the gold, but the other countries in these Olympics just do not have as many NBA All Stars as we do. It was a given that we would win the gold-medal game and bring back the gold, the only uncertainty was which country would we beat and by how much.

The only thing that bothered me while I watched the game was seeing Kobe give a hug to Pau Gasol every chance he had. I know both play for the Lakers, but you should only hug and pat a guy on the back after the game...not before or during, but after. It was getting out of hand. I was beginning to wonder if Kobe wanted to ask Pau out after the game.

Michael Phelps had to compete in eight races against several countries that had an equally impressive swim team. Of course, this should not come as a suprise since most if not all of these athletes from other countries go to our schools to train. Then they swim against us in the Olympics. We should be able to add any medals they win to our medal count. After all, they are practically an American. In some cases they really are an American, but couldn't make our swim and track teams so they resort to competing for other countries because their grand parents or great grand parents were born in another country. I'm talking to you Cavic!Lol. I bet he still thinks he won the race. Did he forget the lesson of how to finish a race? What a joke! Matt Biondi did the same thing many years ago and he was gracious about it. But then again he is a true American.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 5:54 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

This guy is on crack. We should have never lost a single Olympics in Basketball so the team only did exactly what was expected. What Micheal Phelps did was historic on every level. 8 gold medals, 6 world records, swimming 17 races in 8 days. Come on. I think sometimes they just write this junk to get people to post.

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