I have never been a fan of the Olympics. It should come as no surprise that while America was falling in love with a former criminal named Michael Phelps, I was doing my part by pointing out that he had an autographed rookie in 2004 Donruss (link). Beckett Media, being the “#1 Leading Source In Collectibles” followed my lead just two days later.
Anyway, I never understood the fascination with Phelps. He competes in a “sport” that only gets attention at special events like the Olympics and he’s got a D.U.I on his record. It doesn’t matter how old he was at the time (19), many young adults get into trouble early in their life but not all of them drive under the influence and put innocent people in danger.
Fine, whatever. It’s old news, right? Well, the classy Mr. Phelps has made news again for being snapped for a photo while smoking Marijuana from a bong pipe. The worst part of it all is that Phelps’ camp was so distraught and desperate to save their cash cow from being outed that they made every offer imaginable to keep the story from being published (link).
So ends the Michael Phelps post-Olympics career. Personally, I was sick of it after seeing him dance half-naked with a creepy Alex Rodriguez and Tony Hawk, who somehow managed to keep his dignity despite appearing oin a commercial with two media whores. This is why Tony Hawk’s signature from the Fans of the Game Donruss Autograph is still the card to own (LINK).