Anybody seen Mark Spitz?
By now, you've probably all heard the strange saga of Olympic legend Mark Spitz, who complained bitterly to the Agence France-Presse that he was not invited to take part in the coronation of Michael Phelps at the Beijing Games.
"They voted me one of the top five Olympians in all time," Spitz said. "Some of them are dead. But they invited the other ones to go to the Olympics, but not me. Yes, I am a bit upset about it."
Can't blame him for that, but I also can't help but think there's more to this story than showed up in the AFP account. What, the IOC was weighing possible candidates to hang the gold medals around Phelps' neck and Spitz didn't finish in the top eight?
Don't think so. If this is truly some kind of oversight, you'd think something would happen in the next day or two to get Spitz into the act. Got to think we'll hear more about this as Phelps gets closer to breaking his record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics.
Three to go.