Monday, August 11, 2008

This Made Me Proud

Monday, August 11, 2008


It wasn't just the fact that the Americans fought their hearts out to win gold in the final seconds of last night's 400-meter freestyle relay. Nor did it have much to do with America coming from behind in the final seconds of the race to steal what the world assumed belonged to the heavily favored French who proclaimed they came to Beijing with purpose: To smash the Americans.

My pride had little to with the fact that the win enabled Baltimore's own Micheal Phelps to continue his quest to become the greatest Olympian ever. It wasn't even that after losing to the Australians in Sydney and the South Africans in Athens, the Americans finally brought Olympic gold back home either.

That all played a part but I think what was most exciting about what could go down as America's crowning achievement in this Olympiad is that Cullen Jones, a 24-year old black kid from Newark became just the second African-American to capture a gold medal in swimming at the Olympics.

Ya'll know that's my cousin, right?

10 comments:

That Dude Right There said...

I was quite proud also of Mr. Jones. Cullen Jones, not you fool. And you know he ain't yo damn cousin.

bLaQ~n~MiLD said...

That was an Amazing race!!! I loved every minute of it!

~Damnit!

fuzzy said...

hoots, hollars, claps and screams! Thats wassup!

mp1 v.8.0 said...

I'm glad that we pulled that out....cause if we didn't you know they would've blamed the brother! We had the lead until his leg.

All in all, I am glad that he was a part of history

Darius T. Williams said...

Was that your cousin for real?

Anyway, i saw this on the local news...you know, when they won. I thought it was cute.

Nia said...

Hometown hero! Go Michael!

Kensilo said...

Congrats to Cullen Jones and the Olympic GOLD swim team! I know you you are esp. proud.

Ty said...

Yeah, it's funny. His story is overshadowed by that of Michael Phelps. Don't get me wrong, I'm so very happy for Michael too but most people don't even know that we have a black man on the gold-medal swimming team. It truly is history.

yet another black guy said...

I had no idea there was a black guy on the team, but oddly enough i had heard of him a couple years ago. and he's related to royalty!

BPS 2.0 said...

Truly one of the proud moments at the Olympics for me. But yeah, his story will get lost under the mania that is Phelps.

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