July 24, 2017

"Michael Phelps didn’t actually race a real shark on TV, and viewers aren’t happy."

A Washington Post headline, but you probably won't click on it, because you don't have a WaPo subscription, and why invest in learning about the disappointment of people who somehow heard about something you didn't hear about and got invested in an absurd idea that a man and a shark would swim side by side?

28 comments:

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

Actually,Isawitoverthereanddidn'tclickonitbecauseitseemeddumb.So,iftherewasgonna'beaAlt-pollreresponses,hopefullyminewoulda'beeninthere.Carryon.



Better?

David Begley said...

Fake news "reporting" on a fake reality show event.

How desperate are they for content? Do they realize how clownish they have become?

How about real reporting how the Obama Administration stole billions from Fannie and Freddie? Gretchen Morgenstern in the NYT has the real news. Russia not involved.

Snark said...

If you don't have a WaPo subscription you're 50% less likely to be aware that Trump is a psychopathic shit-bag of a president and human being. Get a WaPo subscription! The other 50% requires a NYT subscription. Get one of those too.

rhhardin said...

Phelps doesn't have to be faster than the shark, just the cameraman.

Wilbur said...

AA, you're reading our minds. Pretty spooky.

traditionalguy said...

OK, Phelps jumped the shark. But was it a White Russian Shark?

Fritz said...

Next we can find out if he can beat a grizzly bear.

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

"AA, you're reading our minds. Pretty spooky."

Yup.



I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

How many Americans have neither a WaPo nor a cable TV subscription so have no idea what this is all about?

Funny thing about modern life is how little we all have in common regarding culture and entertainment. We can all seek out our own stuff now; the entire nation doesn't gather 'round the TV to watch The Cosby Show.

Humperdink said...

If Jesse Owens can take on a horse and Hitler ............

(Hitler, in this case, is the real McCoy, not the wannabees like Bush and Trump).

exhelodrvr1 said...

If you're interested, Chuck has side-by-side freeze frames of Michael Phelps' and the shark's faces.

Kevin said...

Jerry Maguire: I will not rest until I the American people see Michael holding a Coke, wearing his own shoe, playing a Sega game *featuring Michael*, while singing his own song in a new commercial, *starring Michael*, broadcast during the Superbowl, in a game that Michael is winning *against a shark*, and I will not *sleep* until that happens. I'll give you fifteen minutes to call me back.

Kevin said...

Wait until the WAPO has to tell its readers Donald Trump didn't collaborate with real Russian officials.

D said...

I did not watch Phelps v Shark.
I did not watch Riggs get humiliated by Ms King. (Too young)
I did watch M Johnson pull up "lame" against D Bailey.
I watched some (certainly not all) of Super Bowl XX (Bears-Pats)

I presume other Much-hyped yet Quite Underwhelming Sport "Spectacles" passed me right by.

Known Unknown said...

We watched Phelps vs. Shark, and it provided some interesting information, but it was incredibly stupid at the same time.

What I don't understand is why they couldn't at least attempt a tank swim with a shark in a lane next to Phelps (glassed or walled off, of course) and then use the bait they used in the sea to try to get the shark to swim in a straight line. Maybe that would be too cruel to the shark?

Phelps complained about the water being too cold since he was only wearing a 1 mil wetsuit.

Darrell said...

Wait until the WAPO has to tell its readers Donald Trump didn't collaborate with real Russian officials.

Why? They never told their readers that the Obama Administration made up the YouTube video lie out of whole cloth.

Fernandinande said...

"Shark Week" pulled a similar stunt a few years ago:

"The megalodon, a prehistoric shark that would dwarf even the largest great white, hasn't roamed the seas for millions of years. But it's inspiring real dread today, thanks to a new documentary that aired Sunday night on the Discovery Channel and that critics are decrying as fake."

Darrell said...

I would like someone to bioengineer a Dire Wolf and have a show where they sneak a Dire Wolf into every MSM building before welding the doors shut.

Fritz said...

It was never a serious contest:

The shortfin mako shark is the fastest species of shark. Its speed has been recorded at 40 km/h (25 mph) with bursts of up to 74 km/h (46 mph). This speed aids in leaping, with heights of approximately 9 m (30 ft) having been recorded.

Fritz said...

Darrell said...
I would like someone to bioengineer a Dire Wolf and have a show where they sneak a Dire Wolf into every MSM building before welding the doors shut.


There is a project where people are trying to produce a breed of dogs with the characteristics of dire wolves. Without the bad temper.

http://www.direwolfproject.com/project-history/

Chris N said...

Who will watch the man who watched the reality show people who watched some other people talk about Michael Phelps?

DDiD 4 life

Darrell said...

There is a project where people are trying to produce a breed of dogs with the characteristics of dire wolves. Without the bad temper.

Where's the fun in that?
I was thinking about yesterday's GOT that showed Arya's Dire Wolf had now grown taller than a human being.

rhhardin said...

Next week Maxine Waters plays chess with a squirrel.

(after Armstrong and Getty)

deepelemblues said...

anyone who couldn't figure out instantly that michael phelps was not really going to be racing a shark has little room to complain about being 'fooled'

stlcdr said...

The line is that Phelps is going to be racing a shark.

Ok, so, most people know that you can't just chuck a shark (any shark?) and an Olympic champion into a pool and see who swims fastest. What we were expecting to see is how they can pull off this trick and meet the expectation of the teaser.

They failed. The may as well have said Phelps swims this fast and Shark swims that fast, and leaving it up to the viewer to do the math.

Rockport Conservative said...

I have a WaPo subscription and I'm not clicking on it because I have no idea, nor do I care, whether someone in a show swam with a shark or not. No wonder we have such political troubles, we are just downright silly.

samharker said...

It was a pool shark.

Unknown said...

Up front, I was wondering how you could convince the shark that he was in a race. In horse racing you train the horse for months and they do get into it and get competitive. But a shark?