Is it just me or is Michael Phelps everywhere right now?
Sure, we got to see a good deal of him right after the Olympics. There are the Guitar Hero and Rosetta Stone commercials, but like any non-basketball Olympian should do, he seemed to drift into the background a little.
Guess what? He’s back…
Last week, he was on Jim Rome. Then I see him at the Steelers-Ravens game. Next, he made a cameo in President Bush’s annual Barney Christmas video.
Yes, instead of worrying about the housing crisis, soaring unemployment and American involvement in conflicts overseas, the outgoing President devoted his attention to come up with the seventh installment of a dog celebrating Christmas.
But I digress.
True story. As I am I writing this, I’m watching “The Colbert Report” on my DVR. And sure enough, who was last night’s guest? You guessed it, Michael Phelps.
And now I know why I’m seeing him everywhere. He came out with a book: “No Limits: The Will To Succeed,” By Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson.
It’s currently No. 1 on Amazon.com’s list of books about Water Sports. Though, I’m thinking Dara Torres’ “Age Is Just A Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage In Your Life” will overtake it when it’s released April 7.
So what’s next for Phelps? Apparently, video games.
505 Games has signed a licensing agreement with Phelps for an undisclosed amount, though he’s expected to make at least a cool $2 million.
Olympics-based video games have been tried before. And usually they fail. The best was probably a loosely-based Olympics brand “California Games” on old school PCs and NES. If you want to get nostalgic, check it out here.
However, with the increasing popularity of the Wii, I’m guessing Olympic-based games have a better chance than ever. Instead of just pressing X to make a swimmer swim faster, you actually control his stroke.
Shit, I got a rotator cuff injury from hours off Wii tetherball. Just imagine what backstroke and butterfly is going to do to me. I’ve got a year and a half to prepare. Luckily, I read some excerpts of Phelps’ new book.
“I have to practice everyday. I can’t miss a workout. It has to be 365 days a year, seven days a week. Because most people only practice six days a week, and if I practice seven days a week, that means I get 52 extra days of workouts than anyone else.”
Finally, something to look forward to in 2010. Sorry, Winter Olympics.