Posts Tagged ‘olympics’

Phelps’ Reaction

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Olympian Michael Phelps has released a statement in reaction to a picture and article published in the News of the World showing him smoking marijuana. He says his behavior was “regrettable” and that he used “bad judgement”.  He went on to say,

“I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

This got me thinking that this isn’t the first time our golden boy has cut loose after an Olympic run. In November 2004, fresh off 6 gold 2 bronze medals in Athens, Phelps was arrested for DUI.

Later in an interview Phelps claimed the incident was “isolated” and that he “let myself down and my family down… I think I let a lot of people in the country down.”

imagesHe is young and obviously, like all of us he has made some mistakes. His have been much more publicised than most. Phelps has now been in the public eye for well over 10 years. If anything Michael needs to keep that in mind.

A little advice Michael. Next time you plan to go on a party binge and smoke dope in front of hundreds of college students remember that everyone on the planet has a camera phone and tabloids are willing to pay big bucks for photos of celebrities and athletes acting like idiots. If you want to have a good time and unwind a bit, go for it. Just do it in the privacy of your home without a crowd of wannabe paparazzi around you.

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Party Boy Phelps

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

michael_phelpsThere is an interesting story in the British paper News Of The World about a Michael Phelps party binge. The headline, “What A Dope” pictures Phelps taking a hit from a bong.

It could be much worse. This kid trained 7 days per week, 9 hours per day for the last 8 or so years of his life.

I know I should be concerned about that whole “role model” thing and he probably does owe it to his many sponsors to conduct himself a bit more responsibly. But after his performance in Beijing I was beginning to wonder if this kid is a robot. This obviously proves he’s human and capable of lapses in judgement just like the rest of us.

I just hope he doesn’t get the munchies too bad and gets back in the pool soon. It would be a shame to see that swimmer’s physique go to waste!

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Give the Ladies Their Due

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Since I shamelessly plastered pics of shirtless tennis hunks on this blog yesterday and objectified them by ranking their “hotness”, I asked myself, “Why not do the same for the ladies?”

AskMen.com recently came out with their picks for the Top 99 Women of 2009. And I was happy to see the sporty chicks held their own on a list littered with models and actresses. Here’s to the strong, athletic ladies out there who prove that you can be sporty and sexy at the same time!

#96 on the list is tennis star Ana Ivanovic, the 1st Serbian to win a Grand Slam Title (the French Open in 2008).images1#91 Danica Patrick is hot on and off the racetrack. She’s competing in a sport dominated by men and she’s showing them what we’ve known all along,  that women really do belong in the driver’s seat. With 9 top 10 finishes in 2008 and a 1st place finish at the Indy Japan 300, 2009 could be a big year for Danica.images-11#86 on the list is Leryn Franco, a javelin thrower from Paraguay who competed in both the Beijing and Athens Olympic Games. In 06′ she was the runner up in the Miss Paraguay pageant. images-2#83 Maria Sharapova is everywhere these days (except for the tennis court due to a torn rotator cuff) with endorsement deals up the wazzu. She’s hot  so she (and her dog, a la the Cannon commercials) might was well capitalize on it.images-3#73 on the list is “the face of women’s MMA” (that’s Mixed Martial Arts or Ultimate Fighting) Gina Carano. Carano, who also appears on American Gladiators as “Crush” has a 7-0 record in MMA.gina_carano

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