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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: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 4:21 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Mike, what is this crap? Are you afraid of the water or something? Did you get a basketball stuck between your ears? Are you hoping to get an invite to the party when these guys get back? Kobe Bryant and LeBron James should be able to handle most teams by themselves. Michael Phelps didn't have the NBA money or the NBA style facilities to work with or back him. What Michael Phelps did was amazing. What the redeem team did is what they should have done - win. I am amazed that these guys were able to pass the ball around their egos and get things done. When it comes down to it I won't be thinking of Kobe or LeBron when I think great Olympic Champion. I will think of them though when I think of NBA champions. Just because basketball is your favorite sport does NOT mean that these two accomplishments are anywhere near the same caliber.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 3:09 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Freeman, I don't think its fair for you to compare "pressure" between Phelps and the Redeemers. Its a different sports plus its different type of pressure and situation. The Redeemers wants to win the gold because after the 92 Dream Team glory, the US basketball teams was somehow not the same anymore in terms of the level and quality of play. I attribute that to us taking the opponents and competitions lightly and the fact that the world had improve their level and quality of plays tremendously. Phelps on the other hand wants to break the records set by Spitz by winning more gold than him, 8 instead of 7gold medals. What amazes me the most about Phelps is that not only did he won 8 gold medals, that alone is feat that will probably no one will ever beat, but how he goes about in winning the gold, 7 of them are world records !!!!!!!. Not to say the Redeemers don't deserve the gold, they do, but they had a chance to depend on their team mates to bail them out if they're having a bad game but in Phelp's case, he is it. If he's having a bad day, there's no one to bail him out, with the exception of the relay team, he is basically on his own, now thats pressure. 

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:59 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

did he not swim in a couple relays not taking anything away from either story I do believe there was more pressure on the dream team to win then Phelps if the basketballteam loses they are practically run out of the US if Phelps loses in a relay it can be put on someone else or individual he swam in so many races it is an easier out for him.I am not saying that he would say that but he would have been given some slack. while if the redeem team loses they are called failures even though the rest of the world is catching up in basketball and the international rules are trulu set up to stop the NBA power game and let you play a finese game. I am proud of all of the American atheletes every one even those who did not medal but gave their all.thanks ream USA

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:53 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

So Freeman is trying to say that this multi-million dollar hit squad that finally after 4 years of Olympic and World Championship disasters is a bigger story than an amutuer athlete winning an unprecedented 8 gold medals in one game is a bigger story line...Freeman do us all a favor  please quit  your are embarassing yourself now..

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:50 pm

I wonder if Freeman is aware of other sports...

Nice centric story Freeman! There are other sports other that basketball, baseball and football buddy. To make this claim shows outrageous ignorance on such a level that your knowledge of sport should be called in to question...

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:34 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Why is mike Freeman allowed to continuously print asinine stories like this?  According to Freeman, Phelps had no pressure of becoming arguably the greatest Olympian of all-time.  I found myself on 2 occasions jumping out of my seat when Phelps was part of a swim race - the relay won by the anchor & the other was his unreal finish in the butterfly.  Not once was I emotionally stirred during the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region>
</st1:place> basketball games, not even the gold medal game.  The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region>
</st1:place> should have won & did whereas Phelps was trying to achieve something nobody had ever accomplished.  After reading this article, Freeman should be declared a failure.  Oh wait, there is no pressure on Freeman so he can write 6 crappy articles out of 8 & he'll be ok.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:22 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

Just because the media says that there is pressure on someone doesn't mean that they actually feel the pressure.  You don't think Phelps puts pressure on himself to win every race?  I bet the pressure he puts on himself is more than he feels (or the NBAers feel) because of you or any other media types.  Plus, Phelps didn't have teammates to support him in individual events.  If Kobe has an off night he has 11 other All-Stars to pick up the slack.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 1:50 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 1:47 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

This is by far the worst blog post I have read on sportline thus far!  How can the redeem team have more pressure then Phelps?  Why, because they have to go back to their multi-million dollar contracts to next season where this doesn't matter???  Phelps is not only swimming for his country, but also swimming for his future.  He would miss out on millions and millions of dollars in endorsements if he fails.  Not to mention that HE is his biggest critic.  There's no pressure bigger in the world then self failure. 

I'm not selling the basketball team short, but you're supposed to win when you have the best players in the world on your team.  We were supposed to win all the golds.  The other teams "failed" because they looked at it as a big show.  Like it was some exhibition.  I could go one about this for days, but it looks like there are 8-9 pages worth of posts and I'm sure 90% are calling this guy an idiot. 

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2008 1:16 pm

Redeemers Better Story than Phelps

I wouldn't say it was a better story than Phelps.  The US basketball team should have won in 2004, but most of the stars 4 years ago didn't want to play.  So that left Iverson and Duncan in a bad situation.  They played on a team with marvelous but unproven talent.

I'd say Usain Bolt's story was comparable to Phelps. 

You can't compare medals.  Phelps wins that.  You'd have to compare them against their peers and their sport's history.

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