Ryan Wooley Blog

As the first week in August comes to a close that means we’re not only one week into the Summer Olympics and one week away from the Lions first pre-season game, but it’s also time to bring you another set of my weekly winners. As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @WooleyMammoth85 and let me know if you agree with my picks, and if not, who you would put in their place.

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Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It didn’t look good for Phelps in his first race at the London games after just barely qualifying and then finishing in fourth, but he rebounded nicely by picking up a silver medal and three straight gold, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time with 21.

The three gold also pushed his gold count to a record-setting 17 and he can now rewrite the record book one more time as he competes in his final event of his career on Saturday.


Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/NHLI)

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It’s no secret that Fedorov was one of the best to ever wear the winged wheel here in Detroit and many Red Wings fans were upset when he decided to leave and let him know that every time he returned to the Joe.

The next time he returns however the same fans that once booed him have an opportunity to let him know how much he meant to them as well as the Red Wings organization, as Fedorov says he will take part in the Hockeytown Winter Festival alumni game.

With Sergei now on board the alumni game is shaping into a must-see event and even might be more entertaining than the actual Winter Classic with Toronto.

Team USA

USA v. Spain (David Ramos/Getty Images)

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing the talk about whether or not this year’s version of Team USA could beat the 92 Dream Team and I’m not here to say whether they could or couldn’t.

What I would like to do though is give credit to this year’s squad for their play so far, including the 83 point massacre they gave Nigeria by picking up a 156-73 victory.

The win not only eclipsed the scoring record of 138 points by Brazil back in 1988, but the 83 point difference also destroyed the Dream Team’s record of 68 points over Angola back in 1992 and the 72-point win by the Bill Russell led squad back in 1956.

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It’s clear that no matter where you stand on the debate of who is better, they both are historic squads and everyone should just sit back and enjoy the ride.