It looks better than the straight off-the-Burt-Reynolds-porn-set gold chains in Mark Spitz's 7 medal image
Hey, I think Ricky from Project Runway season 4 designed that and then burst into tears.
I told my boyfriend the first time I saw this that it looks like a poster for a bad Bollywood film.
I think I see Waxie Moon's new routine....
Yes David, it does look like an ugly halter top! Too much ribbon, not enough Phelps.
Has anyone mentioned how low the picture goes? I like it but damn, it is inches away from his naughty bits!
And to think of all that lead seeping into his chest and abs...
Cancer in 5 years, or at least lead poisoning.
@1, you crazy off on that. Spitz in chains is massively great. I have the boyhood daydreams to prove it.
Am I the only one totally sick of looking at this kids goofy face
Imagine how much krazier the hype would be if he had a good-looking face too.
am i the only one that thinks he's ugly as sin?
Yeah, he does have one ugly face, well not ugly just not very attractive, kinda like the guy you sleep with between being sober and totally drunk. The guy you pick up at the Cuff who you wouldn't hit on at 11:45 pm but around 12:50 am you and take him home.
Sorry about my typo in #13, I thought I deleted "you" in the last line.
Now that he's on target for $35-100 million in endorsement earnings, maybe he can buy a personality.
Actually, this photo ends a foot and a half above his naughty bits. He has a very long torso, you know.
Yes, he is goofy looking, but he just got more attractive... 8 times more attractive.
Jealousy is sooooo ugly.
Eh, he may be a good swimmer, but he's no Jim Thorpe, that's for sure.
Not very attractive. He looks kind of retarded.
That is an awful cover. The background should be some sort of blue...not a duplication of the eyesore orange that is the ribbon...
Poor Phelpsy...he looks like he opened the Ark of the Covenant and part of his face melted off.
Talented kid, though.
#20, ADHD, actually.
He has actually photographed well in other instances.
He'd probably fare better if he weren't caught 1) full front; and 2) smiling on camera.
Did someone say Jim Thorpe when he meant Ian Thorpe and if not - please to explain.
@9 - You are totally correct - only once in my long gay life have I ever had a poster in my home revealing my homo-ness and that was Mark Spitz in Chains - hung on the back of my San Francisco closet door.
As for Phelp's perceived ugliness, well - like beauty - ugliness is in the beholder's eye, and I think some of you are - gasp - unlike the Olympic pool - shallow. As the ladies in "Music Man" chirp, it's always pick-a-little-pick-a-little...pick-pick-pick...pick-a-lot-pick-a-little...
I totally thought he was wearing a dress when I saw this picture. My reaction "Why is Michael Phelps in drag on that magazine cover...?
I actually don't think he's bad looking. And the 8 medals is an impressive feat.
But that is one shitty photo. It doesn't do him or the medals any justice at all. The photographer should be flogged. What kind of incompetent jackasses are they hiring over at Sports Illustrated, anyway?
Sadly, it was Phelps who spawned discussion of the need for a male version of butterface. All we could come up with was butt-his-face. Any other ideas?
#28, what's wrong with butterface?
@28: I believe that "prawn" and "Seth" were the winners.
I've said it before and I'll likely say it again, but I miss Ian Thorpe. Now that was a pretty swimmer. And the first athlete I ever had a crush on.
prawn: (australian) a male or female with an ugly head but a tasty body.
Q: So how did you go last night with the surf lifesaver?
A: Ummm, he was a bit of a prawn, but I turned off the lights, so it was sweet.
@32: yes. Very much so.
Compare and contrast - Spitz vs. Phelps
The difference is the thin chains and the ubiquitous Red Chinese silk - and I forgot - the faces.
@32: That looks like one of those newfangled spray on condoms gone horribly wrong.
@35: Maybe because I remember Mark Spitz, and I'm straight, and I have a moustache, I'd go with Spitz.
My 71 year old mother is DEATHLY IN LOVE with him, but even though he probably has a 12" cock, I think he is one of the goofiest people I have ever seen. Can't even stand hearing of him anymore.
he's just the right amount of ugly for me (although for the record i prefer spitz). i can even forgive the body shaving. unfortunate picture though. he really needs to not smile.
Is there any other kind?
@27 -- It's a cheap shot: They outsourced it to China.
oh, baby, i'd hit him seven days a week and cook him breakfast lunch AND dinner. i like my boys young and smooth.
Hm, reminds me of this bellydancer I saw many years ago in a little bar in Istanbul - I think it's the nose that brings it all back to me...
Can't be any worse than this pic-
I'll take Mark Spitz. Phelps has that mentally challenged look.
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