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I Wannabe Like Mike: The Effects of Phelps Success.

B-R-E-T-T. Brett, Brett, Brett!!

For the time being, that chant is falling on deaf ears as Brett Favre has been pushed off the main pages and out of the headlines.

And with the coverage Favre has been drawing for his momentous change in uniform (shade of green), it would take a special event and person to do so. Especially, in the world of ESPN.

Right now, everyone wants to be like Mike. Michael Phelps that is.

What Michael Phelps has accomplished in Beijing in the 2008 Olympics far exceeds the standard of special. Phelps' accomplishments were historic, impressive and downright transcending.

If you had the opportunity to witness one of Phelps' races in the Olympics you understand the magnitude of his feat. Phelps' ability to not only defeat the best in the world, but dominate them by body lengths is immeasurable. He possesses the type of God-given ability that causes you to shake your head in disbelief of his athleticism, poise, and dominance. Simply put, Michael Phelps is a monster.

He is now hailed amongst the untouchables in the sporting world. Now acknowledged as one of the greatest athletes of all-time (even debatable as the greatest), Phelps has helped put the sport of swimming to the forefront and put some of that lost prestige back into the Olympic games. Heralded with the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and others, Phelps has created a phenomenon that may transcend the sport of swimming the way Jordan, Woods, and Mayweather did for theirs.

With Phelps being only 23, its exciting to think about the possibilities in London for the 2012 games. With the dominance of young phenoms in various sports such as Phelps, and even Jamaica's Usain Bolt in Track and Field, the Olympics is no longer a mini-platform for political issues, but once again the ultimate stage for athletics and competition.

Dark green, light green, forrest green, or lime green; no matter what shade Favre wears, that is something he could not have given the world over the past week and a half.

Through his 8 gold medals, he made us believe in the games again. Shattering history, impressing the world, transcending all competition...and made wearing a speedo cooler than a green number four football jersey.

Who wouldn't want to be like Mike?

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