When I was a kid (in the midst of the Cold War), the Olympics were about which form of government was better. We always wanted to beat those cheatin' Russians in the medal counts -- to prove a point (?).
Now that we find ourselves in a more global community, I don't watch the Olympics with quite the same nationalistic fervor. Oh, I still root for the US of A. But I enjoy watching the great athletes from around the globe.
I guess it's a good thing, because we are getting smoked by China! As of this morning, China had 39 gold medals to our 21. Take away Michael Phelps, and we would have a paltry 13! Someone's saying, "Yeah, but we are leading in the total medal count." And they would be right. We are way ahead of China in silvers (23 to 14) and bronzes (26 to 14). Yee-ha! We are better at 2nd and 3rd place. What is it someone once said? Winning 2nd place is like kissing your sister.
Funny. I looked on the Official Olympic website where it has listed the current TOTAL medal counts. China has themselves listed 1st.
I am about to call and check on my brother and his family. They live outside of Tampa, Florida. Join me in praying that this hurricane brings them some much-needed rain without bringing destruction.