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Michael Phelps’ Wednesday Morning Wakeup

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There are times in life that you just have to sit back and admire history in the making. Last night was one of those times. Michael Phelps picked up his 20th and 21st gold medals in the 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay, further cementing his legacy as the greatest Olympian of all time. Going in to yesterday’s 200m butterfly final, Phelps’ South African rival Chad le Clos — who beat Phelps in the event in London in 2012 — talked plenty of trash. Aside from the now famous death stare before the semifinals, Phelps let his work in the pool do the talking; all le Clos could do was turn his head and stare while Phelps soared by. Le Clos finished fourth.


For a guy who had won 19 gold medals prior to the event, Phelps looked like he was celebrating his first, wagging his finger ala Lilly King and raising his arms to the crowd. DeMarcus Cousins had a front row seat with Team USA, and shared his view on social media, calling Phelps, now the oldest swimmer to ever win an individual gold medal, the Greatest of All Time (GOAT):


A video posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on

Boogie posed for a pic with Phelps later on, writing that he “witnessed greatness”:

Witnessed greatness tonight🏅 #20 #21

A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on

Just awesome. Phelps isn’t done yet. Today, he’ll swim in the prelims of the 200m individual medley, followed by the 100m butterfly and the 4x100m medley relay later this week. Will he go home with 24 golds? I sure hope so.

Meanwhile, around these parts…

EJ Floreal is leaving basketball for track and field

In case you missed it, yesterday, EJ Floreal announced he is switching sports. After three seasons on the basketball team, EJ will now shift his focus to track and field under his father’s tutelage. In high school, EJ was an accomplished 100m and 200m sprinter, and with this new opportunity, will have the chance to utilize his freakish speed and athleticism, which we’ve seen in glimpses in warm-ups and practices. Personally, it will be tough to see EJ leave the team, as he’s been a critical locker room presence and a friendly face during media opportunities, but I’m proud of him for chasing his chance to shine.

We’ll hear from DJ Eliot and the UK defense

With the news Regie Meant may miss the season for personal reasons, Monday was not a great day for the UK defense. Here’s hoping they get back on track today, which is the team’s first two-a-day of camp. DJ Eliot and defensive players and coaches will address the media this morning, so check back in a few hours from now for notes and quotes.

The second season of “UnREAL” sucked

I was a big fan of season one of Lifetime’s scripted show about the behind-the-scenes drama on a Bachelor-type reality romance show, but season two was a wreck (literally). Sadly, the show lost its edge and focus and turned into another soapy Lifetime drama, which is a shame. Here’s hoping season three gets back on track or it’ll be off the land of great shows gone wrong, along with “Weeds,” “Glee,” “True Detective,” “Lost,” and “Gilmore Girls” (still not over Season 7).

On a much better note, “Below Deck” returns September 6!

Team USA takes on Australia at 6 p.m.

After taking in swimming last night, DeMarcus Cousins and Team USA will be back in action today at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. They’ll take on Australia, who also has a 2-0 mark in Group A. Boogie’s coming off a disappointing performance vs. Venezuela on Monday, when he fouled out in nine minutes of play with six points and five rebounds.

I’m sure DeMarcus will bounce back nicely, but if not, it looks like he’s willing to try a side career in gymnastics:

The highlights of the rest of today’s Olympic schedule

KSR heads to Eastern Kentucky

But where? The only hint we’ll give you is, they’ll be at the stop they usually begin the KSR Summer Tour with. Where is it?! Find out in an hour.

Until then, shoutout to these KSR fans at the Dolly Parton concert in Danville last night: IMG_0265 copy

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

21 Comments for Michael Phelps’ Wednesday Morning Wakeup

  1. ukjaybrat
    9:49 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

    “further cementing his legacy as the greatest Olympian of all time.”

    Would be cautious using this terminology. Is he the goat in swimming? perhaps. but greatest Olympian? we can’t really judge. just because he’s got more medals than anyone else? not to say it’s easy to get 21 medals but it’s virtually impossible to do that in ANY other sport save maybe gymnastics. There are so many swimming events in which one can medal.

    Note: This is in no way meant to diminish what he’s done. I love the kid. just don’t think we can say without a doubt he’s the greatest of all time when really that’s impossible to determine. I would like to see someone excel at multiple sports in the olympics, or something that uses multiple skills other than JUST swimming or JUST shooting or running. know what i mean?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      10:05 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Most Olympic Gold Medals:
      Michael Phelps 21
      Carl Lewis 9
      Mark Spitz 9
      Larisa Latynina 9
      Paavo Nurmi 9

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      10:20 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Worth noting the overall medal count, which shows those athletes had opportunities to win the gold, but didn’t:

      Michael Phelps 25
      Larisa Latynina 18
      Paavo Nurmi 12
      Mark Spitz 11
      Carl Lewis 10

    • J-Dub421
      10:12 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Having more opportunities to earn medals also means you have more opportunities to lose. Phelps goes out and wins against the best the world has to offer. He’s qualified for 5 Olympic teams, something rarely done in any sport. The longevity of his career is impressive, especially to be at the top of his game for so long.

      Also, swimming has become incredibly specialized in recent years. People tend to swim only one stroke (sometimes only 1 distance in one stroke), but Phelps swims a variety of events which makes him more unique in the modern era of swimming.

    • Nerds
      10:43 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Ukjaybrat may win dumbest post in the history of KSR. And that is truly saying something.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:00 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Nerds, sorry but not even close. He clearly explains his hypothesis even if it can be shown to be objectively incorrect. He is questioning the methodology of determining “GOAT olympian.” There are literally hundreds if not thousands of posts on KSR that would beat his post as “dumbest post in the history of KSR.”

    • Nerds
      11:07 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Cat…you’re right. There are a plethora of posts that are more idiotic. I jumped the gun a bit.

    • theWilkman
      11:10 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Phelps is far and away the greatest Olympian. ukjaybrat wants to use a metric that is impossible to measure the greatest, someone competing in multiple sports. With how competitive and specialized these sports are, that will never happen. Mrs. TT’s response showing overall medal count shows that there have been others that have had the opportunity to win nearly as many golds as Phelps, but no one has. Add in that he’s been competing in the Olympics since 2000 and I don’t see any valid argument against him.

    • ukjaybrat
      2:12 pm August 10, 2016 Permalink

      TT, those medal counts essentially provide evidence to my point. what if Carl Lewis had the opportunity to win 6-7 medals each Olympics. he’s 9/10 well if he had 25 opportunities instead of 10, that’s 22-23 gold medals.
      But there just aren’t as many track and field events that specialize in utilizing running speed.
      (that link doesn’t include 2016)

      Phelps has competed in events that he didn’t even medal. so 21/25 is OVERestimating his legend
      whereas Carl Lewis medaled in every game he competed in. so a REAL 90% Gold rate plus a single 2nd place finish

      So if your argument is that he has more medals than everyone else, well the obvious answer is that he has more chances to win because swimming has so many events

      If your argument is that more chances to win means more chances to lose and he doesn’t lose, well here is one example of someone who lost less.

      Again, I’m not disrespecting what Phelps has done. he’s amazing. probably the greatest swimmer of all time. But there’s no way to determine a “greatest Olympian of all time”

    • J-Dub421
      3:56 pm August 10, 2016 Permalink

      The only time Phelps competed in an Olympic event and didn’t medal was when he was 15. Carl Lewis didn’t make an olympic team at 15. Also Lewis could have competed in more events in track and field. He could have done the high jump, or pole vaulting, or hurdles. He could have run the 400, 800, or 1,500, or any other running event. There was nothing preventing him from competing in other events.

      There is nothing stopping a weight-lifter from participating in wrestling, or any other event. It is simply very difficult to be world class in more than one thing.

      Or, let’s just look at swimming. Any swimmer can compete in any event they can qualify for. So why don’t more of them swim more events like Phelps (and Ryan Lochte) do? The answer is: they aren’t good enough to swim those additional events and have any shot at even qualifying for the finals, much less winning. Not to mention, that a swimmer has to do three swims for one medal. There are prelims, semi-finals, and then finals for each race (excluding relays, where there in only a prelim and a final). The more events you swim, they more exhaustion and short turn-arounds between races can come into play.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:28 am August 11, 2016 Permalink

      Ok what about Keri Walsh Jennings. She has never lost a match in international play. EVER. But there’s only one medal for volleyball. Is that a better example?

    • ukjaybrat
      11:48 am August 11, 2016 Permalink

      also phelps failed to medal in the 400 IM in 2012, he came in fourth

  2. Bobbum Man
    10:49 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

    @Nerds… Not really, it’s just common sense. If every athlete had the chance to medal 6-7 times per olympics I’m quite sure you’d have others closer to him, maybe or maybe not more medals but it would be much closer. The guys the best swimmer of all time, but it’s only logical that if everyone had the same amount of opportunities he numbers would be quite a bit different.

    • Nerds
      10:57 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      “but it’s only logical that if everyone had the same amount of opportunities he numbers would be quite a bit different.”

      That isn’t logical. That’s hypothetical. If you’re going to declare someone to be the greatest Olympian of all time, then you must use the metric that covers all events. That would be medal count.

    • theWilkman
      11:12 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      He has won gold 21 out of the 25 times he’s medaled.

    • Bobbum Man
      11:48 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Actually no… it’s logical to think if every Olympian had a chance to medal 6-7 times per olympics as he does that the numbers would be quite different… It’s really not that difficult

    • J-Dub421
      12:37 pm August 10, 2016 Permalink

      Bobbum, then why don’t the Utah Jazz have any NBA Titles? They had lots of opportunities, especially in the 90’s.

  3. CatManDo
    10:52 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

    Michael, you just won another gold medal – why the long face? ….all week folks!

  4. slford00
    11:09 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

    I’ll give you Weeds, Glee, and True Detective as shows that were great and then became awful (I stopped watching all three before they ended, which I almost never do)

    But Lost was always awesome. True, none of the seasons overall were as great as the 1st, the 3rd season dragged a bit, and the finale was unsatisfying in that it left so many questions unanswered. But many of the show’s best episodes were in the 3rd-6th seasons (including the season 3 finale, which was the best episode of the show).

    I never watched Gilmore Girls.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      11:29 am August 10, 2016 Permalink

      I loved Lost, but like you said, I think I’m still annoyed by the finale. So lame!

  5. RogerW
    4:05 pm August 10, 2016 Permalink

    Not to belittle the other arguments, but if you don’t use “gold medals won” to determine the greatest Olympian, what criteria would you use. TT said the greatest Olympian ever. Not the best athlete ever. Not the best superstar, not the best human interest story. Best Olympian. I see no arguing this point at all. He has the medals to back it up. Track and field has many events. Carl Lewis won four Gold medals in 1984. Divers. There are may different diving events. Chances for multiple medals. Gymnastics? Chances for multiple medals. Diving? I believe there are 9 different events. Skiing? Multiple events. The fact is there are many different sports that have multiple events. Lots of competitors have the chance to win multiple gold medals in each Olympics. The fact is, Phelps has done it longer and better than these other people. The theory that since he can swim fast means he will be good in every swimming event. Just not the case. There are many swimmers who specialize in 1 event because that is the only event that they are a world class swimmer in.