Right when the the London games began, Sports Nation—the public-opinion-driven ESPN TV show—asked its fans: Who are you rooting for? Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte? The results came back overwhelmingly—for Lochte.
"Phelps didn't even medal," Sports Nation tweeted.
Okay, I sort of understand that. Everyone likes an underdog and Phelps was so dominant in Beijing he almost seemed super-human, invincible.
But at the same time, the guy has brought so much glory to his country, his town, his sport, you'd think he'd get a LITTLE love.
In fact, the opposite seems true. Lately, there's been a disturbing and consistent backlash against our most decorated Olympiad.
There was, of course, the snipe from his own teammate, Tyler Clary, who claimed that Phelps was merely coasting on talent and that his heart wasn't in it.
Then there was this truly unfair article from LA Time's columnist Bill Plaschke,...