Michael Phelps retired after the 2012 London games, saying he did not want to swim into his thirties but the most decorated Olympian of all-time will compete in his first meet in almost 2 years April 25-26 in Mesa, Arizona. Phelps trainer, Bob Bowman, had on a phone interview with the Associated Press and basically said Phelps just want to "Test the waters". I don't think this is a full comeback but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned it to one. By time the 2016 Rio games roll around, Phelps will be 31, which in Olympic years is old as dirt. Can he still compete with swimmers 10+ years younger than him? Of course, he has 18 gold medals but can he still be dominate is the real question. In the 2012 London games, Phelps did look beatable and didn't dominate the field like he did in 2008. Will he make a full comeback out of retirement? We'll have to wait and see but I'm sure the fans wouldn't mind seeing him in the water one more time.
I must admit I am very surprised about this now "1-n-done Alum" because I actually thought he was going to stay. Aaron Gordon will forgo his sophomore season and enters the NBA draft. Of course Gordon is known for being apart of this great freshman class, but I do not see NBA talent in him, not yet. I think he is still premature offensively and hasn't developed a game. The one thing he is great at is dunking the ball. He has great potential but his game still needs more improvement. He reminds me of Blake Griffin, very athletic with crazy jumping ability but raw talent. Gordon will be a lottery pick, somewhere between picks 6-10. Hopefully for his development he'll go to a team with a good coach and point guard to feed him the ball.
Two years ago, Nneka Ogwumike was the #1 pick in the 2012 WNBA draft, drafted by the LA Sparks. Fast forward to current times, her younger sister, Chiney, is this year's #1 pick, drafted by the Connecticut Sun. Chiney is the taller of the two, standing at 6'4 while her older sis is 6'2 but both are very good forwards.
The Sun also traded Tina Charles to the New York Liberty for Alyssa Thomas(4th overall pick) out of Maryland, Kelsey Bone, and the Liberty 1st round pick for next year. Tina no longer wanted to play with the Sun and threatened to sit out if she was not traded.
Stuff like this is good for the WNBA because you are creating new story lines. When these two sisters play on July 12 in the Mohegan Sun Arena, tv ratings and ticket sales should rise. Congrats to the Ogwumike family.
Even though Bubba Watson won his second Masters in 2 years, the ratings showed not many people cared. I knew that without Tiger playing, many people wouldn't watch the Masters and the numbers showed. A 7.8 Nielsen rating for the final round was the lowest for the Masters since 2004 when Phil Mickelson won (7.2 rating). Last year when Adam Scott won, beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff, the final round had a 10.2 rating. I thought it would be a little bit highers since Bubba was trying to win his second Masters and Jordan Spieth trying to become the youngest Masters winner ever at 20, but the excitement wasn't there. Bubba won by 3 strokes which didn't leave much suspense. Whether you like it or not, Golf needs Tiger.
I really don't understand what is going on with Aldon Smith except that he might actually have mental issues. I don't have sympathy for grown men who do stupid things like yell out "bomb" on a plane but I am always curious as to why they did it. Former NFL player Brandon Ayanbadejo wrote this piece about NFL players and mental issues, which has some great points in it but I don't think it's the NFL's job to make sure these players aren't crazy. Mental exams are adding more unnecessary business aspects to the game of football.
Professional sports are already starting to resemble a slave trade and I don't think mental examinations would be smart. I don't think majority of the players in the NFL are mentally ill, I think they're just young dudes with too much money. Besides his current situation, Smith hasn't shown craziness. Marijuana and gun charges does not make him "mentally ill", it just shows he is young and reckless like most young professional athletes.
Instead of trying to pick their brains, why not create a mentor program for current players with retired players. Some time all it takes is some guidance. And the reason why I say retired and not current veteran players is because 1. this is a way for retired players to make some money and 2. they have already been through the fire of the NFL and life after. That's too much like right though.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs start Wednesday with some great 1st round matchups. Here is the schedule for the 1st round:
The most intriguing match up for me is the Bruins vs. the Red Wings. Two great franchises with deep Hockey history, multiple Stanley Cups, and a great fan base. This will be one of the best series throughout the playoffs.