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    Re: OT - Congrats Michael!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Kevlar View Post
    At his level genetics is more important that training. Just think, if he didn't have those long rangy arms or funky looking head or a normal sized neck he wouldn't be able to cut the water nearly as well. He would just be a mere mortal then, no matter how hard he trained. Training only gets you so far.

    Look at Shaquille O'Neil. You think he was the most dominant center for a decade because he worked harder than everyone else? The guy couldn't hit a free throw if his life was on the line. He was just bigger and more agile for his size than anyone. Genetic freak.
    Wow. I think Phelps may have needed to work a tad harder than Shaquille O'niel to reach his level.

    To his being a dick, maybe that is true. But I also know for a fact how great he has been to the kids around NBAC.




  2. #32

    Re: OT - Congrats Michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus View Post
    *chuckle*

    It seems like it's always something.

    *sigh*

    It's still historic, and I'm glad he's not just American, but local.
    Quote Originally Posted by bmorebirds_24 View Post
    So you see nothing wrong with his actions?
    Wow that's a lot of words you're trying to put in my mouth.
    Festivus

    His definitions and arguments were so clear in his own mind that he was unable to understand how any reasonable person could honestly differ with him.




  3. #33

    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by srobert96 View Post
    Wow. You are so far off base on all of your comments it is comical. How many track events do you watch on Tv. Swimming get's better ratings that track and field.

    The measure of the best Olympian can only be judged by medical count and Phelps is going to end up as the best by a wide margin.

    How is running and jumping more challenging than Butterfly, freestyle, backstroke and breast stroke. Winning the decathlon means you are good but not the best in many events. The equivalent would be to win the decathlon while also winning medals in individual events. Decathletes are basically generalists.
    You haven't seen any T&F events on TV because they haven't started yet. In a few days or less, swimming will be over, and you won't see that anymore. Making a statement like the one you just made would be like saying "It's April and there's no football on TV, this sport must be dead. I guess that people only watch hockey and basketball here."

    As a matter of fact, the only reason that they have T&F start later is so that the marathon can be the final event of the Olypmics, and it finishes into the arena where the closing ceremonies are.

    But you are half-right. While T&F used to be the cornerstone event of the Olypmics, it's taken a backseat due to the steroid cloud. Also, swimming has been put in the forefront in the USA because we medal so much in it.

    But I do kind of have a gripe with how many medals they give away in swimming. While I realize that it benefits our country, it's not exactly fair. With the team, traditional sports, they compete for days and days with many games and are lucky to get one medal. Most sports are lucky to give away a few medals in their entire program. Even with T&F, the events are so different than it's virtually impossible to take home more than 2 or 3. 4 is a feat that will put you in the record books.

    But with swimming, they're basically doing the same thing with variations. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, Medley, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and relays for all of them. Maybe for a sport like basketball they should have 10 minute games, 20 minute games, 40 minute games, games like one hand tied behind the back, games where you have to run backwards, etc. If anything, maybe swimming should be more like gymnastics, where the medal goes to the person with the best overall program through a points system based on how they finish (5 points for first, 4 points for 2nd, etc.).




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    There is nothing "occasional" about his prick-like demeanor. Ask any bar owner, server or bartender in Fells Point.

    I know for a fact he can't go into Max's anymore and there are a few other's he's been banned from too.

    It's a great story, but his shit stinks too.
    Why did he get banned from Max's?




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackmaster View Post
    You haven't seen any T&F events on TV because they haven't started yet. In a few days or less, swimming will be over, and you won't see that anymore. Making a statement like the one you just made would be like saying "It's April and there's no football on TV, this sport must be dead. I guess that people only watch hockey and basketball here."
    You are assuming he was talking about just these events right now in London. His post was worded more broadly than that: "How many track events do you watch on Tv. Swimming get's better ratings that track and field." That's what sroberts wrote. Not "At the London Olympics swimming gets better ratings."

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackmaster View Post
    But you are half-right.
    I guess he's all right, now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackmaster View Post
    While T&F used to be the cornerstone event of the Olypmics, it's taken a backseat due to the steroid cloud. Also, swimming has been put in the forefront in the USA because we medal so much in it.

    But I do kind of have a gripe with how many medals they give away in swimming. While I realize that it benefits our country, it's not exactly fair. With the team, traditional sports, they compete for days and days with many games and are lucky to get one medal. Most sports are lucky to give away a few medals in their entire program. Even with T&F, the events are so different than it's virtually impossible to take home more than 2 or 3. 4 is a feat that will put you in the record books.

    But with swimming, they're basically doing the same thing with variations. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, Medley, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and relays for all of them. Maybe for a sport like basketball they should have 10 minute games, 20 minute games, 40 minute games, games like one hand tied behind the back, games where you have to run backwards, etc. If anything, maybe swimming should be more like gymnastics, where the medal goes to the person with the best overall program through a points system based on how they finish (5 points for first, 4 points for 2nd, etc.).
    You would award the generalist but not the specialist? No thank you, I like it the way it is. Let the specialists compete against each other.

    People train all their lives for one shot to win gold in the 200 back. Let them compete against each other, and if there is a super freak of a generalist who can do that and the 200 breast (or whatever) as well, so much the better for us as spectators.

    In other words, don't hate the player *or* the game. Just enjoy history as it's being made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by festivus View Post
    Wow that's a lot of words you're trying to put in my mouth.
    I didn't put a thing in your mouth, I asked a question. See the question mark? Or did you miss that?

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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paintballguy View Post
    Why did he get banned from Max's?
    Not sure as to the why, but am certain he's banned (as of a few months ago anyway).

    Not too hard to guess why someone gets banned from a bar (or 4).
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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    FYI...Michael just beat his rival in the 200IM for his 16th Gold medal - WELL DONE!!
    "Grab those pusillanimous sons-a-bitches by the nose and kick 'em in the balls.." General George S. Patton




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackmaster View Post
    But with swimming, they're basically doing the same thing with variations. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, Medley, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and relays for all of them. Maybe for a sport like basketball they should have 10 minute games, 20 minute games, 40 minute games, games like one hand tied behind the back, games where you have to run backwards, etc.
    I love track (and ran it in high school) but I think you are showing a lack of understanding about the huge difference of strokes in swimming. Those guys are no more doing basically the same thing with variations than a hurdler, a miler and a sprinter are doing the same thing with variations. Swimmers who excel in one stroke at an elite level rarely excel in multiple ones, and the same is true with the varying distances.

    What Phelps has done would be comparable to a track athlete winning medals in the 100M, 800M, 400M Hurdles, and 3K Steeplechase in the same Olympics, then medalling in both the 4x400 and 4x100 relays as well, and doing it for three consecutive Olympic Games. That shouldn't be too hard - it's just basically running with a little variation. Or, medalling in the high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump. It's just jumping with a little variation. But nobody does that. It's just not normal to excel at the world class level in all those different events. But Phelps has done it.

    What I love about swimming - and the same is true with track - is that it is completely objective and measurable. Start, finish, timed. There is no subjectivity as there is in gymnastics or diving, for example. You race, you win. No questions. And Phelps has done it better than anyone in the history of the Gmes.




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Im sure being famous may play a part in it. While he may be a dick or whatever, id say a lot of people would be out looking a bit of action if they seen someone like phelps in a bar. Whereas id be more dumbfounded and respectful, others would be saying im going to put him back in his box so to speak.

    You never really know how situations escalate unless your really there
    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    Not sure as to the why, but am certain he's banned (as of a few months ago anyway).

    Not too hard to guess why someone gets banned from a bar (or 4).




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    Im sure being famous may play a part in it. While he may be a dick or whatever, id say a lot of people would be out looking a bit of action if they seen someone like phelps in a bar. Whereas id be more dumbfounded and respectful, others would be saying im going to put him back in his box so to speak.

    You never really know how situations escalate unless your really there
    True. However, one of my best friends is a bar owner in Fells Point and many other friends work and live in Fells. I lived there for 8 years prior to moving to Texas.

    Ive heard enough horror stories from them all to know this is a creation of Phelps and Phelps only.
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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    I saw him at a pizza place in Fells Point this December. He was with some babe in spandex. I didn't say anything to him.

    He may be an asshole, but he's the greatest Olympian of all time and an asshole from Baltimore.




  13. #43

    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Good stuff JMU

    I guess all that 'half-assed' training paid off with gold in the 200 IM. His time was barely behind his gold medal time in '08 and just missed the WR.




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Just won Gold in the 100m fly.

    Came from 7th at the turn to win, so much for his heart not being in it...
    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. - Benjamin Franklin




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    Re: Ot - congrats michael!!

    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAVEN View Post
    Just won Gold in the 100m fly.

    Came from 7th at the turn to win, so much for his heart not being in it...
    He may have half-assed his training, but when the lights come on, so to speak, you see what he's made of. Greatest Olympic champion of all time. He may be a jerk, but I don't care. The results speak for themselves.




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