Big night for Micheal Phelps and Katie Ledecky

Micheal Phelps avenged one of his few Olympic losses tonight, as he won a thrilling 200-meter butterfly for the gold medal. Meanwhile, the new swimming sensation, Katie Ledecky, won her second gold medal of these games in the same event for women.

With that backdrop, this photo of a 9-year-old Katie Ledecky getting an autograph from Michael Phelps is even more poignant.

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The coming disaster at the Rio Olympics

Could this be the Olympics that completely changes the games going forward? Just how bad can things get in Rio?

In the video above we have the issue of polluted and contaminated water in areas where athletes will be competing.

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Canada rolls

It’s been a brutal couple of days for US hockey, while our friends up North have racked up some serious bragging rights. Ouch!!

Fixing Olympic boxing

This is a very interesting article about how boxing in the Olympics will no longer require headgear. The sport will also move to the pro-style 10-point scoring system.

I haven’t paid attention to Olympic boxing for years, but this article makes me interested again.

Sports Illustrated lists its Top 20 all-time sportscasters

Sports Illustrated put out this list of what it believes to be the Top 20 all-time sportscasters. Some of these guys are before my time, but unfortunately, most of them are not. Anyway, here is the list and a snappy comment or two, as well as who they missed and who I’m glad is not on here:

1. Jim McKay—The Bob Costas of his time. McKay hosted ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” as well as The Olympics. It’s hard to argue with putting him on top here, but it’s also easy to argue for a few of these others to be #1.

2. Vin Scully—If I hear ol’ Vin doing a game on TV, and with the MLB package it’s nice to still hear him doing Dodgers’ games, I don’t care who is playing….I stop and watch, and listen. It’s just comforting to hear the guy’s voice, which was made for broadcasting baseball.

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