By Nell Alk
In the week following New Years, people, it would appear, fall into one of two camps; either they collapse from exhaustion brought on by the seemingly endless holiday season, or they plow through the ringing in and jump start the next 365 days with fervor and determination. Admittedly, these silos are a bit black and white, but you understand my meaning. Continue reading
The Olympics are long gone, but it’s important to single out the Croatian men’s water polo team who powered its way over Germany thanks to its extraordinary facial hair. Here’s to you goalkeepers Josip Pavic and Frano Vican and the few other bold Croats who showed off their ‘staches for all the world to see.
ShowBizCafe has an interesting story on whether Michael Phelps should play Namor in a SubMariner film. Personally, I’d like to see The Rock in the role but can’t argue Phelps. That guy is literally everywhere. That man’s gonna turn up in my Bar Mitzvah video I tell you.
Tennis champion and recent Olympic doubles gold medalist (along with sister Serena) Venus Williams looked poised and fashionable in a leopard-print top after an appearance on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Not too many people can pull off leopard-printed stuff. I, for one, can’t. I’d look like a tool.
While the Phelps Phans worldwide have made themselves known via social networking sites and cell phone ads; the “other guy” making the scene at the Olympics is becoming the newest heartthrob. At 24, Ryan is appearing in his second Olympics; taking home the gold and beating his own world record in the Mens’ 200m Backstroke. And he can say with pride to his grandkids that he stood on the Olympic podium with Phelps. A graduate of University of Florida, Ryan set the precedence in breaking his own records by shattering NCAA times for the Gators as well as for the SEC. He may not be the media focus of the Beijing Games; but Ryan is coming into his own even if he doesn’t have a fetching Bert…
As the games of the 29th Olympiad roll on in Beijing; the world’s eyes are tuned in to see what this waterbabe can do. He left an amazing mark in 2004 with his 6 gold medals and is thisclose to smashing Mark Spitz’s record of eight gold medals set in Munich,1972 (complete with a fierce Bert). And this is his third Olympics! At 23, Phelps has captured the hearts and minds of sports fans all over; blessed with a gift that one can only describe as amazing. The self-described “solitary man” overcame ADHD as a child and blossomed into the man he is today. He attended the University of Michigan and studied sports management and marketing. Not one to steer away from controversy: Phelps had a DUI incident in November 2004 that he knows disappointed a lot of fans and those who believed in him. He called it an “isolated incident”. Shia LeBouef, I hope you are reading this…
Today, I would like to formally announce I have withdrawn participation in the upcoming Beijing Olympics. While I never applied and was never approached to be a part of any of the summer events, I have bowed out due to previous toe injuries and overall fatigue. I’m not really sure what kind of events are going on in Beijing, but I know it wouldn’t be fair to America or any country for that matter for me to compete in any of them. If swimming is one of the events, I wouldn’t be able to dive well. If there is a pole vault event, I don’t think I could throw it that far. I have two torn ligaments in my right big toe and a bunion on the left pinkie toe, so if there was a running event of any kind, i wouldn’t be able to participate to a level I’d feel confident in.
Having said all of that, this was a painful, hard decision for me to make. I appreciate all of those who supported me in this effort, and just know four years from now, I could very well consider participating in the Olympics. Well, if the festivities take place a little closer to home. Last time I checked, I cannot access Beijing via the Tappan Zee Bridge. In any event, I’ll continue to stay active, play a little softball, frequent my Equinox gym, and run occasionally to my car if I’m double parked. Again, I apologize to my fans and the various sponsors who approached me with lucrative electrolyte beverage deals.