08.15.08 10 years ago 12 Comments

Swimming – Some fella named Michael Phelps equaled his total of six gold medals from the Athens games and is now one short of Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in a single Olympiad. He also set another world record, beating his own best time in the 200-meter individual medley. He's also the winningest athlete in Olympics history. Wow. This guy sounds all right. Why I haven't heard anything about him?

Gymnastics – Nastia Liukin had a big performance to match her big forehead, taking gold in the women's all-around competition. U.S. teammate Shawn Johnson finished only six-tenths of a point behind Liukin to claim silver. Johnson had defeated Liukin at the U.S. championships and the Olympic trials, so there's your inter-squad comeuppance for you. Or, couched in a way that people care about, two more medals for the U.S.

Running – Amusingly named sprinters Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt advanced through the quarterfinals for the 100-meter. So it's only a matter of time before you get your Gay-Bolt showdown. Gay Zeus admits this is what he had in mind when he created the Olympics.

MLB – The White Sox tied a Major League record (leave the record-setting to that Phelps fella, guys) by hitting four homers in a row (Thome, Konerko, Ramirez and Uribe) in a 9-2 win over the Royals…Mark Kotsay hit for the cycle, but the Cubs still completed their first season sweep of the Braves in the 132-year history of their rivalry…Hiroki Kuroda spurs the Dodgers in the last game of their first four-game sweep of the Phillies in 46 years….And in things that happen more often (this year at least) the Rays scored two in the 12th to get a series win over Oakland.

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