The Rio Games are in full swing and, after a week or so of intense competition, some of you have some weird and interesting questions that need answering. Thankfully, you’ve got a judgement-free (kind of) Olympic mailbag at the ready. If you have any other questions (follow-ups or otherwise) for a subsequent installment, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getty ImagesMatthew Stockman
If you were to start training today for 2020, what would be the easiest and hardest individual sport to medal in?
First thing’s first: If I started training today for 2020, there’s still no chance in hell that I would even come close to sniffing a medal -- or even qualifying -- in any individual competition. That leaves team competitions. I’m 5’5, so basketball and volleyball might be tough. My best shot might lie in handball, though I’d probably just have to sit back, avoid the ball and hope my teammates can carry my weight. The hardest would be swimming. I’d like to blame it on my undersized frame, but the truth is that I am an absolute disaster in the water. I could probably drown in a bathtub.
Getty ImagesPhil Walter
If you could only have one Olympic frog to defend against the mosquitos in Rio, which one would you pick?
I’m not totally up on game in regards to famous frogs, but I’d say Kermit is automatically out because all he does is sip tea these days and he’s not even menacing to begin with. It’s a complex debate but I think ultimately th– ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.
Getty ImagesPaul Zimmerman
Should there be Olympic dodgeball? And should all of the players have to be on some sort of PED to make it interesting?
I am 100% in on Olympic dodgeball. I don’t know how dodgeball isn’t more mainstream, to be honest. As for the required steroids thing, I’m not on board with that just because it would ruin the chance for Russians to get caught and still get owned by the Americans.
Getty ImagesRoger Kisby
Which Team USA basketball uniform that's been worn since the 1984 games is your favorite?
I actually wrote about this shortly before coming over to FOX, and I know this might come of as somewhat of a hot take, but I think the 2004 team in Athens – as disappointing as they were – had the best jerseys. Those red alternates were maybe the best Olympic uniform that the USA has ever worn. I know the popular choice is probably the ’92 Dream Team jerseys, and they were definitely great, but I’d list them as a close second. And for the record, this year’s uniforms are complete garbage.
NBAE/Getty ImagesTerrence Vaccaro
What is the best "second fiddle" comparison in sports to the current situation Ryan Lochte finds himself in, in relation to Michael Phelps as a teammate?
That’s a good question. While Phil Mickelson having to go up against Tiger in his prime was a tough draw, Scottie Pippen to Michael Jordan makes more sense as a comparison because they were teammates and MJ was the best of all-time. While Sidney Crosby may not be on Phelps’ level yet, I do wonder if Evgeni Malkin would get more recognition as a centerpiece elsewhere. If Jordan Rodgers was a little bit more talented in the football department, it would be easy to say he’s the Lochte of his family. Aaron Rodgers is clearly the Phelps of the family, but Jordan – much like Lochte – owns the “pretty boy” label and had a brief stint as a reality TV heartthrob.
Getty ImagesXavier Laine
How do you feel about Pierre McGuire doing commentary for water polo?
I’ve been pretty disappointed with Pierre’s lack of knowledge regarding where every water polo player went to elementary school, but other than that he’s been fine.