Which Am I Watching? Seriously I Can’t Tell Anymore
This is probably going to make me even more enemies, but I’ve gotta say that I’m honestly sick to death of this Michael Phelps guy already after only having known who he is for like a week. It’s like the Olympics have basically become the Michael Phelps show and the media focuses so much on this guy it distracts (forcibly I should say) from just about everything else going on in Beijing (Thank god I have CBC and don’t have to watch NBC where I imagine it being like 50 times worse lol). I have absolutely nothing against the guy so don’t get me wrong here. It’s not his fault the media are desperate for his story and don’t give a damn about other athletes and he’s merely doing what he’s meant to do, swim fast. Personally I too think he has been phenomenal in his sport, but I could honestly care less at this point now that it’s all said and done and don’t understand why his personal story is so much more important to people than anyone elses or why we need to still be talking about it as other people step up to make their personal bests and attempt to make their own footprint in Olympic history.
It’s so ridiculous that its even overshadowing other historical Olympic moments that in my opinion have been far more interesting then this guy in his custom swimsuit (another story in and of itself that has somewhat tainted the pool events this year for me) winning his bragging rights. Usain Bolt’s run (I was just staring at the screen going “…..Whaaaaaaaaaat?” for like 5 minutes afterward) for example was as stunning as it was surreal and I was just thankful that something interesting happened other then Michael Phelps that people could talk about in the Olympics (and hopefully god forbid draw some media attention away from the pool) and then it just gets overshadowed by this overbearing (literally as in his shoulders are ridiculous and give him a looming posture) SWIMMER (thank you very much) who just won’t go away and I swear had the relay handed to him by a solid team that put him in the lead to simply take it home. Speaking of which, boy it must suck to be a member of that USA team. I mean they were just as good as Phelps throughout the race and did an amazing job in setting up his lead. His eighth medal was impossible without their contribution, but nobody is ever going to remember their names now. I’ll be surprised if they even appear on historic photos of the event in the future and it’s a terrible shame really.
So anyway…. now that we’re in the second week of the Olympics Michael Phelps show it seems Canada finally picked up some medals (Hooray, we are up to 7 with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze 🙂 ) and Paula Radcliffe pulled in her marathon after a show of true grit while suffering leg cramps. To bad it doesn’t matter like everything else that happens because OMG MICHAEL PHELPS AND HIS EIGHT GOLD MEDALS!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! I think people get my point now.
To finish though I have to ask one more question, what self respecting network covering this event cuts the camera away to show another athletes mother in the stands while the event announcer is doing the roll call for the other nations participants? Why don’t they then just show other athletes mothers coming to cheer on their sons and daughters at the relay as they do them proud? WHY THE F$%# IS MICHAEL PHELPS SO DAMN SPECIAL?! WHY IS HIS MOTHER SO DAMN SPECIAL NOW?! WTF DID SHE DO HERE?!
Sorry this just really annoys me. So much fuss over one person by the media when the whole idea of the event is that it’s supposed to be about the world coming together and celebrating the spirit and potential of mankind as one. Not one man, not one country trying to show the world it’s ready to become a super power, not even one region, but the whole world. That’s why I all but refuse to even call this an Olympics.