It is incredible how a swimmer is the second greatest athlete of the 21st century. Michael Phelps has shattered every single major record in the sport of swimming. He’s done it effortlessly; dominating his sport on the same level as Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky did in theirs. Who would’ve thought that this skinny, frail young man from Baltimore could make the 2000 U.S. Olympic swim team at the tender age of 15. Seventeen years, Phelps is laughing all the way to the bank and into sports immortality.
Although Phelps didn’t medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, just by making the team at such a young age gave sports fans hope that he could mature into a championship swimmer. Beginning with the 2004 Athens Games, Phelps began his quest for immortality. At the still tender age of 19, Phelps won six gold medals at the 2004 Olympics, falling just one short of Mark Spitz’ 1972 Olympic record of seven gold medals. Phelps was now determined to not only equal Spitz’ record, but surpass it. In the 2008 Beijing Games, not only did he surpass Spitz’ record of seven by winning eight gold medals, he surpassed him as the single, greatest swimmer in the history of the sport. His total medals won after the 2008 Games were 14 Gold and two Bronze Medals, making him one shy of legendary Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina’s all time record of 18. He would shatter that record with his performances in the next two Olympic Games.
It is amazing to think that an athlete could win four gold and two silver medals in a single Olympics and be considered past his prime, but that’s what so called experts were claiming after Phelps turned in that exact performance at the 2012 London Games. Phelps came into the 2012 Games with a ton of pressure on him, yet he continued to dominate by winning six medals. At the age of 27, he retired from competitive swimming. Thankfully, his retirement lasted only two years. He had one more Olympic Games left in him.
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games saw Phelps once again dominate the field, as he won an additional five Gold and one Bronze Medal. He finally retired at the age of 31 with a mark that will never be equaled again: 28 Medals, including 23 Gold. He has 29 world records in swimming. He is the single, most accomplished swimmer and Olympian of all time, making Michael Phelps the second greatest athlete of the 21st century.
Draven and D look at the Observer Awards for 2017 in a show that is NOT for wussies, this is a show where we say what we want, no matter how controversial, as we delve into the Awards, talk about what we agree and disagree with, AND look at past winners. More →
The story of African American cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman), the world famous “Blue Baby doctor” who pioneered modern heart surgery.
Lebron James is not only one of the five greatest athletes of the 21st century, he’s one of the five greatest basketball players in the history of the sport. Other than Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson, no one else comes close to being an all around complete player than Lebron. Since debuting in the NBA straight out of high school in 2003, only Kobe Bryant can make a claim to be on Lebron’s level as far as dominating play in the NBA. James’s historical 14 year career is still far from over. At 32, he is playing some of his finest ball. These are many of the reasons Lebron James is the third greatest athlete of the 21st century. More →
Hey guys, big news for all Fire Pro fans out there! Fire Pro Wrestling World was just announced for Steam and PS4. Best of all, the Steam page lists both Japanese and English for the interface and audio. Which almost assures a North American release for the game, and hopefully Europe and Australia for the Fire Pro fans in those regions. There isn’t much news about the game yet, but there is an English trailer for the game which I will add below.
To celebrate the occasion, I thought I would do a special Ramblings column looking at the Fire Pro Wrestling series, or at least the entries I’ve played. Let’s go! More →
ON THIS EDITION OF THE KLB, D and Draven look back at the VERY FIRST Saturday Night Main Event! We talk about Dick Ebersol and his influence on the product at the time and how he influenced Vinnie Mac; Animal Steele goes face, Paul Orndorff goes babyface too and teams with Hogan and T, Junkfood Dog and his Mama, Hogan vs Bob Orton, and SO MUCH MORE WACKYNESS! More →
Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. LISTEN HERE
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