Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7 a.m.
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How many bong hits does it take to make racing a great white shark seem like a good idea?
This is just one of the many questions that have sprung to mind since learning that Michael Phelps, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of sports, is going to go toe to fin with a potential man-eater during a televised race called Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.
It’s slated to air at 8 p.m. PST on July 23 during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
Details regarding just how this is going to go down are being kept under wraps. But if you’ve seen the 1975 Steven Spielberg directed classic Jaws or any other shark movie worth its saltwater, then you know sharks can swim really, really fast.
Sure, Phelps won 23 Olympic gold medals and 28 total medals between 2004 and 2016, and now he serves as Arizona State University’s assistant swim coach. He’s really fast in the water. But he wants to race Jabberjaw. Will this be live? Is there a chance he could lose a toe? Nobody is talking.
The lack of information about how this race will take place leaves a lot to the imagination.
We think Phelps needs a decent head start if he and the shark are racing in the same tank. Wouldn’t that be great? Talk about compelling TV. Phelps jumps in the water and starts swimming and the great white is behind a big iron gate. Perhaps a bag full of money should be waiting at the end for Phelps, but the real interest for viewers around the world be the look in the cold dead eyes of the shark as it made its way toward the bag of meat swimming ahead of…
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