07. September 2008 · Comments Off on Never bet with a double jointed fish · Categories: Archive 2008, M in NFL

You may have caught this during halftime of the Notre Dame vs. San Diego State game. Apparantly Braylon Edwards ran into Michael Phelps this summer as they were working out in Ann Arbor. Phelps was working out at Canham; Braylon with Barwis Here’s Braylon on WDFN (bottom of post) talking about working out with Barwis; he didn’t mention Phelps.

Here’s the specifics from Peter King’s piece in Sports Illustrated:


OVER A St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the Brown Jug, a University of Michigan campus hangout, Braylon Edwards, the former Wolverine, picked the brain of one of his off-season workout buddies: current Wolverine Michael Phelps. Swimming, Phelps told him, is the ultimate cardio workout. A light went on over Edwards’s head: You can’t sprain an ankle in the pool. You can’t wear down your joints. Edwards quizzed Phelps on setting up a workout. “This is what I’ll do to stay in shape between minicamp in June and training camp in July,” Edwards said.

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THANK YOU, Michael Phelps. In the second week of his pool workouts at Michigan, Edwards alternated track drills in the water—high-knee, hurdler motion mostly—with swimming laps. One day track, the next day freestyle; one day track, the next day breaststroke; one day track, the next day butterfly.

Edwards was sure this was taking his fitness to another level. So he and Phelps made a friendly wager. “For every gold you win in Beijing,” Edwards told the Olympian, “I’ve got to score two touchdowns this year.”



ANOTHER LATE night for Edwards, who was captivated by the swimming in Beijing. The previous night, he had left a screaming message for Phelps after his friend won the 100-meter butterfly by a fingertip for his seventh gold medal. On this night, near midnight, Phelps called Edwards from Beijing soon after he won his final gold medal and reminded him of their bet. “I got eight,” Phelps said, “so that means you’ve got to get 16 touchdowns this year.”

“News flash,” Edwards said. “I did that last year. I’ll give you 17.”

Good thing Edwards didn’t challenge Phelps to an eating contest:

Speaking of Notre Dame, they were very close to losing that game. I didn’t watch it too intently but San Diego State lost a fumble as their back was stretching for the goal line- they reviewed it, the call probably could have gone either way. I thought he was over but I understand them not reversing the call. Of course the guy on NBC declared that he didn’t think he broke the plane – it wasn’t clear either way so I got a good chuckle out of that.

And sure as Jimmy Clausen is losing his hair (he’s growing it out long for one last hurrah), Michigan’s got a chance next week. I’m not expecting it, but the Irish are just are missing something out there.