Ryan Lochte wins gold in 400 IM; Phelps finishes fourth

Unless you watched it online, you’ll have to wait until the NBC tape delay tonight to watch it. Ryan Lochte won the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds and Michael Phelps finished a disappointing fourth. Phelps won the gold in this event four years ago with a world record time that still stands. Based on that you have to wonder if all the reports about Phelps not training hard enough might be true. He’s not the same swimmer this time around.

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Everyone is swimming faster! Michael Phelps still wins.

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The Swimming World Championships in Rome have just finished up and Michael Phelps closed it out with a gold medal performance on the American relay team. That left him with a total of five golds and a silver for the competition, not too shabby. But perhaps even more than the continued domination of Phelps, the real story from Rome seems to be the 43 world records set there. Brian Cazeneuve from Sports Illustrated puts in his two cents:

It’s gotta be the suits. What else could explain the absurd number of world records set in Rome? In 2008, a year when the rise of records left people calling for drug inquiries, pool measurements and the return of 1920s swimsuits, there were 102 records set throughout the year. That’s almost one every three days. In Rome, swimmers set new standards 43 times in eight days. FINA, the sport’s international governing body, has said it will adopt new regulations to prohibit some of the materials in the suits of the last two or three years. They will also restrict the length of some of the suits for both men and women. Still, those regulations won’t go into effect until Jan. 1 and even those will be against the objections of many suit manufacturers who want to liquidate their stock of the suits that will soon be illegal. Once that happens, some of these records could stand for some time.

So all these new-fangled swimsuits are going to be made illegal? When I heard the story the first thing that popped into my mind was the sound of those speed skates in Nagano in 1998 and every Olympics since. Called “clap skates” these things broke every record there was to break in speed skating. But they are still legal today.

With the skates in mind as a precedent then, it seems a bit odd to me that the swimsuits should be banned. Further strangeness in this story comes from the fact that all of the records in swimming HAVE ALREADY BEEN BROKEN by them. If the reason for making the suits illegal is to make the times of the swimmers closer to something a normal human should be able to do, than don’t we have to re-swim every event since Beijing? FINA, the governing body of international swimming, needs to get their heads out of the suits and let technology through on this one.

OK, but then what about aluminum bats in Major League baseball? If we should let in the swimsuits, then why shouldn’t we let in the bats? OK, here’s why: The swimsuits have already been used, the records are already broken. With baseball, if they choose to not let those bats in, then fine, that’s up to them. But FINA shouldn’t have gone back on their previous approval. I don’t care too much about what choices a governing body makes in terms of technological advances, so long as they stay consistent. Baseball has, speed skating has, swimming seems to have had a false start.

Blogging the Bloggers: Michael Phelps likes strippers, Knicks make a promise to Stephen Curry and more

SPORTSbyBROOKS has the inside scoop of the Baltimore stripper (right) that Michael Phelps “dated” after returning from Beijing.

– Despite being horribly unqualified, every time there’s a general manager opening in the NBA, Bill Simmons throws his hat in the ring. DEADSPIN has the 4-1-1 on exactly how many emails the T-Wolves’ front office got in support of a Simmons hire.

THE BIG LEAD wonders if there is any truth to the rumor that the Knicks have already made a promise to draft Stephen Curry if he’s available with the eighth pick.

MONDESI’S HOUSE has video of Baba Booey botching the first pitch at a Mets game. (By the way, is it just me or has the Howard Stern show become completely irrelevant since moving to SIRIUS? I used to love that show, now I don’t even think about it.)

SPORTSbyBROOKS has more on Glen Davis’ “collision” with a kid on the sidelines after he made the game-winner for the Celtics. (The kid’s dad sent an email to the league calling Davis a “lunatic.”)

Blogging the Bloggers: Harrison released, Barkley jailed and more Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps– Thanks to his public show of affection for Mary Jane, Michael Phelps was booted from his motivational speaking gig says SPORTSbyBROOKS.com.

– Now that the Colts have officially released receiver Marvin Harrison, Uncoached.com writes that he’ll always have a career as Wayne Brady’s stunt double.

– The guys from The Love of Sports details which NBA players need a new ‘do (as in hair).

Awful Announcing has the lowdown on Charles Barkley heading to jail for 10 days because of a DUI charge.

Tonyblogs.net want Rick Reilly off television and we couldn’t agree more.

Jamal Anderson busted on drug charges

This is a surprise.

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson was arrested and booked into an Atlanta-area jail late Saturday night on a felony possession-of-cocaine charge and possession-of-marijuana charge, a misdemeanor.

Anderson, an NFL analyst for ESPN’s First Take this past season, was booked into the Fulton County jail in Georgia and denied bond.

His first hearing was set for Monday morning, the Fulton County sheriff’s office said Sunday.

Anderson, 36, was arrested at the Peachtree Tavern in the community of Buckhead after an off-duty officer working security at the club alerted police, according to The Associated Press, citing a police spokesman.

Police found a suspected marijuana cigarette in Anderson’s pocket, local reports said. Another man with Anderson was also arrested. Police said both men were in possession of cocaine, according to the reports.

Anderson never struck me as someone who would get into this kind of trouble, but who knows these days. The marijuana is not the big deal here. The hysteria surrounding the Michael Phelps story is absurd, but cocaine is another matter.

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