I Bet The CBC Announcer That Mixed Up Michael Phelps And Ryan Lochte Wishes He Could Have That One Back
"Wellll not me personally, but a guy I know. He TOOK-IT-TO Michael Phelps in the 200m Individual Medley. WHOO-EEE!"
"No he didn't."
"No, no, no he didn't, but you can imagine what it would be like if he did, right?"
I can! I can imagine it! And it's all because Elliotte Friedman painted the perfect picture! Sure, he inevitably made himself look foolish and confused the fuck out of the viewing audience, but I'm a glass half full guy. At least now we know what it would sound like if Ryan Lochte won the 200m IM. At least now we know how it would make us feel if that silver haired douchebag actually reigned victorious over the most decorated Olympian in history. We may have never experienced that emotion if it weren't for an ever so slight lane mixup. Plus, this may have been his last go-around too, and we wouldn't want him going home without a verbal account of something that never came to fruition.
And at what cost did it come? What did we really miss out on? The announcement of a Michael Phelps victory lap? BOOOORING. The guy has 22 Gold Medals. There's certainly no shortage of calls praising Michael Phelps as he comes down the home stretch. If you're that desperate to hear one then just mute your TV and re-watch yesterday's race as you play one of three hundred YouTube clips in the background. We want our commentators to add something to the broadcast, do we not? Well, Elliotte Friedman - in his infinite (albeit innocent) negligence - just added an alternate ending. Doesn't get anymore thrilling than that. For a race that was never in doubt, it's announcer just gave it the plot twist to end all plot twists.