1. The dream team was iconic, sure, but damn it they were always going to win.
2. Michael Phelps is a jerk and bionic. Cheering for him is like cherring on a buzz saw.
3. Barely any more interesting than the dream team.
Soccer, on the other hand, is a worldwide sport in which the US is actually an underdog. The national element is much stronger than any other sport in which we are competitive. I suppose swimming is mostly in the national context, but it's swimming.