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What was the Greatest Sporting Event of 2008?

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by Deb, Dec 30, 2008.

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What was the Greatest Sporting Event of 2008?

  1. Giants' Super upset of the Pats

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Kansas' miracle comeback to beat Memphis in national title game

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    0.0%
  3. Celtics' Finals-turning comeback vs. Lakers in Game 4

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
  4. Nadal vs. Federer in five-hour Wimbledon final marathon

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    0.0%
  5. One-legged Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate in U.S. Open playoff

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    0.0%
  6. Michael Phelps and USA's come-from-behind 400 IM relay win

    7 vote(s)
    53.8%
  7. Usain Bolt's record-smashing, 100-meter sprint for Olympic gold

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  8. Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. Deb
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    Phelps a study in physical, mental toughness

    By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports Dec 29, 3:20 pm EST

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    Michael Phelps celebrates after winning the finals for the mens 100m butterfly at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
    (Jerry Lai-US Presswire)​

    Editor’s note: Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals in Beijing is Yahoo! Sports’ choice for 2008 sports story of the year.
    Swimming wasn’t their thing. It wasn’t anyone’s thing, though.

    “A once-every-four-year sport,” is how Michael Phelps himself described it. He was probably being generous. Every time the Summer Olympics rolled around, swimming entered the sporting consciousness, but only for a few days.

    Other than the proverbial women’s swimmer turned pin-up girl, its impact tended to die in the wake of the final lap.
    At a superficial level, swimming is a simple sport to understand – jump in the water and beat the other guy to the wall. The intricacies of how that is accomplished, how speed is maximized, how core strength is developed, don’t have to be understood to follow a race.

    Yet Americans remained ambivalent until Michael Phelps showed up in a giant blue cube of an aquatics center just north of downtown Beijing last August and claimed he was going to capture a record eight gold medals. Then he proceeded to collect them, one after the other, right in primetime in America.

    That’s what got a lot of people who claimed swimming wasn’t their thing to start watching and, most importantly, wondering.
    That’s what got Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and some of the other greatest, richest and most famous basketball players in the world to turn out on a Sunday morning to watch a swim race.

    “Phelpsian” has entered the sporting vocabulary, not so much because of the number of golds he had hung from his neck, but for the crossover respect of how it was accomplished.


    Bryant and James and every other star athlete and studious coach around the globe didn’t need to understand lap counts or lactate levels to want to understand how Michael Phelps got so mentally tough. They wanted to know whether they could duplicate it.
    “It was just awesome to see,” Bryant said of witnessing Phelps in person. “It was incredible.”

    Phelps didn’t just turn the world onto swimming. He turned a fairly dull swimmer into the most intriguing athlete on the globe.
    Whether your competitive pursuit is basketball, baseball or business, there was something to marvel at with Phelps. He was clearly the most physically gifted, but he needed to find a way to deliver that every time in 17 swims over nine days.

    Waiting to dethrone him was the rest of the world. To beat Phelps once was more valuable than winning gold in any event he wasn’t in. The second most famous swimmer to emerge from the Games was Milorad Cavic, a Californian competing for Serbia, who lost by 0.01 in the 100-meter butterfly.

    In each event, Phelps had to hold off the best specialist in the world. That guy could train and focus on beating Phelps. Phelps had to match it, then come back, sometimes on the same day, and match it again. Only this time he had to match it against a different guy with the same focus on a singular victory that the last guy had. And the next guy would. And the next after that.

    It was like a boxing match with a new opponent every round.
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  2. Buck Blincoe
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    I agree. Phelps proved to be a phenom. Too bad it's swimming where there is really no place to go other than the Olympics.

    That said...the return of the C's as the NBA champs was a great achievement...for us Boston fans it took a whole lot of sting off the Patriots loss in the Super Bowl.
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    I'd also put Usain Bolt in consideration
  4. Buck Melanoma
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    For me, it's Phelps hands-down. The 400 IM comeback was simply incredible. :yes:
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    Giants.

    They did to the Pats what the Pats did to the Rams.
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    Easy. Phelps. All of it.
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  7. Bolts 74'
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    I think its going to be how the Chargers went from 4-8 to the SuperBowl.
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    I would clarify my vote in saying that it was Phelps' entire olympic performance that was the sports event of the year, and quite possibly the decade.
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    Psst.....It's not 2008 anymore. :lol:
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    Phelps in a landslide! :flag:

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