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Phelps, the Ravens and a special gift

To Kevin, et al.

Subject: You think Michael can play QB?

It feels like years, but a couple of weeks ago I wrote a column about Michael Phelps moving back to Baltimore after these Olympics. I had a small line toward the end of the column, mentioning how Phelps hopes to nab Ravens tickets when he returns home.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti took note of the line, and I was asked how he could get in touch with Phelps. I happened to see his mother, Debbie, that evening at an Olympics rally in Towson and asked if she wouldn't mind if I passed along her phone number. She didn't, so I did. And the Ravens got in touch with her before she left for Beijing. They also gave her a pretty cool gift for Phelps.

According to the Ravens' top spokesman, Kevin Byrne, Bisciotti asked Debbie if they could do anything for Phelps. She said he'd love to have something from the team with him in Beijing. The Ravens wasted no time, sewing "PHELPS" on the back of a No. 08 Ravens jersey and getting the entire team to sign it. Before you know it, the jersey was on a plane bound for China.

As if Phelps wasn’t excited enough after the huge relay win here in Beijing, his sister tossed him a bag from her seat in the stands. Inside was the jersey.

Phelps didn't appear at the post-race news conference, but he told told NBC that he was "pumped."

"I just remember after I got my medal, I walked back to the ready room where we were sitting, and everyone said, 'Let me see, let me see,' and I held up the jersey," Phelps said. "They're like, 'No, no, the medal.' I was like, 'Well, I'm excited about the jersey.’"

Pretty cool little story, no? It will be interesting if come next fall, we see Phelps every Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. He could be the team's most visible and famous fan.

I wouldn't harbor any fantasies about him playing quarterback, though. His long limbs and oversized hands and feet make him a great swimmer, but he's not so smooth on land. Then again, how many Ravens QBs are?

(Photo: 2004, Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun)

Comments

That was some weal funny stuff. Maybe some Wavens become swimmers. Aahheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

i am in beijing too. i have been here since july 24th and i will be here until july 26th. I am working hard can I get a ravens jersey too?

That is one great story! I noticed on the 1 night he won the gold a guy was sitting next to his Mom with a Ravens jersey on, that was really cool! That is really great how Steve reached out to him.

That is one great story! I noticed on the 1 night he won the gold a guy was sitting next to his Mom with a Ravens jersey on, that was really cool! That is really great how Steve reached out to him.

errr i meant to say i will be until august 26th

Awsome story. I'm proud to be a Raven fan.

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Sun reporters Kevin Van Valkenburg and Rick Maese will blog from Beijing throughout the Summer Olympics. Kevin and Rick will blog back and forth with each other as a way of letting readers in on the sights, sounds and the action in Beijing.
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