Olympians Ryan Lochte, Allyson Felix, and Alex Morgan, as well as athletes from other sports, will all appear in an upcoming ESPN The Magazine issue recreating some of your favorite album covers. Why? We have no idea. But it’s as entertaining to see Ryan Lochte appear as the baby from Nirvana’s Nevermind, as it is to see him interviewed for the behind the scenes video. Or, you know, swim.
The Baltimore Ravens’ No. 1 fan has arrived in New Orleans, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Michael Phelps, who can also be called the Greatest Olympian of All Time (G.O.A.T.), hopes to cap his busy – and definitely exciting – week by witnessing a Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Phelps visited the Ping headquarters in Phoenix earlier this week, where he was fitted with a brand new – and custom designed – set of golf clubs. And when we say custom, we really mean custom. Then the 22-time Olympic medalist played in Wednesday’s pro-Am with golfer Bubba Watson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he was mobbed by fans, got booed on the famous par-3 16th hole and admitted he was “very nervous” playing golf in front of so many people.
(Note: We’ll see more of Phelps on the golf course starting Feb. 25 on Golf Channel.)
After his round on the links, Phelps hopped on a plane bound for Super Bowl land. Now he’s there to cheer on his favorite team (the Ravens) and his favorite player (Ray Lewis). We’ll leave out any deer antler jokes.
But seriously, enjoy NOLA, Mr. G.O.A.T.
Chicago Bulls All-Star Luol Deng, who happens to play for the British team during the summer, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron questioning the Olympic Association’s removal of any and all funding from the national team.
Playing catch-up: Despite a record $565 million investment by the UK for the Rio Games, the basketball teams are set to receive exactly $0, a cut of more than $13 million. The BOA instead decided to spread that money to teams they think have a better shot at medaling, like the very British sports of cycling, rowing, sailing, and equestrian.
“I truly feel like we are starting to put British Basketball on the map and we are now being taken seriously on the world stage,” Deng explained in the letter. “Taking myself and the other guys out of the equation, what about the future generation? Do not underestimate the fan base that this sport has in the UK.”
There is also a petition circulating that Deng has signed and encourages others to sign in hopes they can convince the government to notice basketball’s impact. It currently has more than 12,000 signatures, and includes the hashtage #fundbritishbasketball. Unfortunately, you need to be British to sign.
“Luol’s support for us is massively important. He recognizes the value of funding, not just for the elite levels of sport but to carry on investing in grass roots and creating a route for young people to realize their dreams,” said the chairman of British Basketball. Read the full letter here.