Had to show some love to ESPN's latest masterpiece in its 30 For 30 series with 9.79* premiering last night. It told the story of Ben Johnson's world-record setting 100m Final at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, and his subsequent disqualification just days later after testing positive for steroids. The documentary also dives into his rivalry with Carl Lewis in the years leading up to the Olympics and the impact the race and awareness of PEDs in sports has had on the participants and to the general public. Interviews with both Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis helped give us that direct perspective on the story that anyone under 25 was unable to witness in 1988. Even if you're a mere casual observer of track and field, you'll be intrigued from the start. I highly suggest you scour your ESPN listings to find the next airing. Above is the trailer to further reel you in, and below: the actual race itself - crazy to watch this raw piece of history.
It just went final. Team USA repeats as gold medalists in a close, hard-fought game against Spain winning 107-100. Three of the basketball's best players (you can certainly argue they're the top 3) all came to play today. Durant led all scorers with 30 and LeBron had 19 with Kobe chipping in 17. Great game and congrats to Team USA!
Last night, Usain Bolt led Jamaica to 4x100m Gold with a world record 36.84 seconds. It was blistering to watch and above is a small gallery of photos from the night. 2 Olympics, 4 World Records, and 6 Gold Medals... I think Usain can call himself a legend, hah. Hey, gotta love those Mo Farrah/Usain Bolt victory poses also, yeah?
Stoppage time just ended and Team USA has completed their quest for a gold medal! Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, and the crew earned redemption for their 2011 World Cup final loss vs. Japan with a 2-1 victory today. It was Carli Lloyd's (#10) goal at the start of the second half that put the U.S. up 2-0. Japan was only able to net one before time ran out. Today's final caps off a thrilling journey, which included a last-minute, come-from-behind victory in the semis against Canada. It's great to see the joy and pride that the U.S. Women's team played with and inspired in our country - this group are very well-deserving gold medalists!
Everyday, these Olympics prove to be quite exciting. Just moments ago, Alex Morgan put in a header with three minutes left in stoppage time to give Team USA a 4-3 comeback victory over Canada. Two burning questions after this game: will they go all the way for the gold vs. Japan in the final? And how many more marriage proposals will Alex Morgan receive? (shouts Bleacher Report).
Today is the last day of group play in Olympics Men's Basketball and it has already featured some great matchups. Brazil is about to win a close one over Spain. Team USA is about to face its toughest test to date in Argentina in mere minutes. And the first game of the day featured a thrilling buzzer beater from San Antonio Spur Patty Mills, representing Australia and propelling them to a 2 point win with a game-ending 3 pointer over Russia. Watch this awesome highlight above!
Michael Phelps won his last race of the 2012 Olympics tonight - the 4x100-meter medley relay - giving the U.S. the lead during his 3rd leg of the race, a lead that they did not give up. With that, Phelps, who announced before the Olympics that this would be his last one, will finish his Olympic career with 22 medals (18 gold) - a record. Props to Phelps for finishing his career on top. Greatest Olympian ever?
Andy Murray (celebrating above) upset Novak Djokovic today in front of his native countrymen, advancing to the Gold Medal Match vs. Roger Federer, who won an epic 4.5 hour match over Juan Martin del Potro today (an Olympic record for longest match). Was pullin' for my boy the Djoker, but it would be cool to see Murray win the Gold in London. Should be a great final on Sunday. Who you got?!