Why are you such a hater? Phelps coming back to Lockte's level is the best thing that could happen to swimming this quadrennial.
Would people be interested if Phelps was blowing everyone out of the water like he did four years ago?I would actually prefer to see him tearing it up and beating everybody "like a boss." Once he stopped doing that look what he became...
Perhaps the "scorpion and the frog" fable applies to why I am "...such a hater?"
Apparently it's in my nature not to like him post his overwhelming success due to the way he has conducted himself in and out of the pool these past four-years. Nonetheless, I have outlined my reasons over and over - I won't repeat them.
Bowman had a pretty good criticism of both Lochte and Phelps and to be be perfectly honest both these guys need a spanking over their 200-free last night:
Bowman says from SwimNews:
[On playing Cat and Mouse' or in this case cat or mouse]"...Ryan and Michael are so focused on racing each other they do stuff like not take it out fast enough … in the process they forget to swim fast."
Outside the conference room later, SwimNews asked Bowman if he though it would be dangerous to play cat and house when Yannick Agnel, Park Tae-hwan and others are in the mix. "It can be," replied the coach before revealing that he had spoken to Lochte's coach and Us [ What's "Us" mean? -tony] head men's coach Gregg Troy on the topic.
"When they started out racing each other they would do that. They stopped doing it but now they're doing it again," said Bowman.
That to me tells me that their vanity got in the way. Did you see Phelps glancing at Lochte after his turns? Both their times were a full second slower than Yannick Agnel's best time this year and slower than Lochte's Shanghai time of last year.
There's more here:
Instead of of concentrating on making the Olympic team and sending a loud and clear message to the world, they were focused on fan perception and ego. Ahh, vanity, one of the seven deadly sins but it sure made for some great entertainment.