Monday, June 30, 2008

Been Waiting For Caps News All Day But The Big Sports News Today Was In Omaha

As those looking through the blogsphere and monitoring the mainstream media already know at least as of 10:40 PM EDT Sunday, June 29, 2008 - no news on the Huet or Green negotiations.

The big sports news today is that Michael Phelps shaved just a shade less that a full second off his own world record today for the 400 Meter Individual Medley. Katie Hoff, now 19 and ready to take the world stage she was prematurely thrust upon last Olympics, also set a world record shaving 3 tenths of a second of the woman's 400 IM record today as well. Both Phelps and Hoff are from the Baltimore - Washington area. Think about how big a deal that is - breaking your own prior world record by 97 one hundredths of a second. Phelps is a beast - in the best and most complimentary of ways. In track and field, Tyson Gay ran a wind-aided 9.68 second 100 meter dash - the fastest time clocked at that distance ever as well. The swimming and the track & field Olympic Team trials are shaping up in a manner that bodes very well for projected medal counts. Phelps is potentially looking to try and capture 8 medals in these games and break Mark Spitz's records. He got off to a good start today. His swim in the 400 IM finals, as well as second place finisher Ryan Lochte's, was a thing of beauty.

As for the free agency news watch one of the most interesting thing happening this week was the moves made by Pittsburgh. Over in Penguin-land, GM Ray Shero started dealing with the reality and carnage that is the Penguins salary cap challenge by dealing the rights to dealing the rights to hometown hero Ryan Malone, as well as Gary Roberts to Tampa Bay yesterday. In other NHL news last week, the Anaheim Ducks re-signed former Cap Brian Sutherby to a one year, 700,000 contract.

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