Sunday, August 17, 2008

Michael Phelps suffers stunning loss


BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps' bid for a record ninth gold medal in the Beijing Olympics was foiled early Sunday by Eagle the Pug, who set a world record in the 100-meter dog paddle.

Phelps was undefeated in these Games before he went up against the Texas pug, who was swimming as a member of the Pugistani team. Eagle had actually posted better times than Phelps in two previous races -- the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly -- but was disqualified because of improper form.

Eagle was in his element in the dog paddle, however, finishing the race in 1 minute, 35 seconds to top his previous world record by 1.5 seconds. Analysts noted that Eagle pulled off the upset win despite being the furriest competitor in the otherwise clean-shaven field.

Eagle and his brothers Ranger and Flyer are the heavy favorites in Monday's 3x100-meter dog paddle relay, which could make Eagle the first two-time medalist from the breakaway republic of Pugistan. In addition to swimming the anchor leg for the team, Eagle is also the coach.

Ayatollah Mugsy, the iron-pawed ruler of Pugistan and supreme ayatollah of Pug Life Ministries, released a statement praising Eagle as a national hero. "In the true spirit of amateur athletics, all who witnessed this amazing feat will surely be moved to donate to the ministry's coffers," Mugsy said.

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WATCH THE VIDEO to see Eagle barking orders during the relay team's training.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are so proud of our team!! Rabbi Jake

sarah s. said...

Wow! Sad for Michael but way to go, Eagle! This is incredible! Never have I been more proud of Pugistan.

Nevis said...

LMAO! Great video!!! Sad for Michael's winning streak, but such good news for Pugistan!

Lucy said...

Awesome, what are we up to in the medal count now and when does that fat endorsement money start rolling in? Nike better start adding zeros if they want to see our athletes is their collars... Is there any truth to the rumors that Wendell and Eagle actually won these events two weeks ago and they are just now getting aired on NBC's awesome coverage?

Eagle The Pug said...

Thank you, Mugsy, for breaking the story first to the world as NBC seems to not have considered my winning of this event worthy of their coverage. I think Bob Costas must have something against the fierce canine competition.

As a token of my gratitude for your support of my olympic endeavor, I will donate all of my endorsement money to the ministry's coffers. When does your section 501(c)(3) status get approved?

Anonymous said...

Man ESPN always have it wrong. They falsely televised that Phelps won...

Z

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

My heart swells for Pugistan.

I will have Wendell check on the medal count, Lucy. It is hard to keep track. The tape delay could not have been more than 72 hours on these events, so NBC is improving.

I think I saw you in a new Visa ad within minutes of your win, Eagle. I eagerly await my share of the endorsement money.

ESPN is the worldwide leader in human-centric propaganda, Z. Don't forget this.

Lucy said...

There should be some kind of fetch in the Olympics, I would definitely prefer watching that to synchronized diving.

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Last night, Lucy, I watched some of the women's 20 km race walk. What an absurd, awkward-looking event. If only we canines had known about this event, we would have swept the medals. You should see Wendell pull on his leash.

Lucy said...

That's the event where all the booty shaking takes place during a fast paced walk right? That's how me and my momma roll on walks any way! The IOC is trying to hold the pug down. I think we could get away with all kinds of age violations as well, converting back and forth to dog years and all.

Joe Shippert said...

Inspired by Eagle's Olympic victory, the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center in Moscow, ID will be opening their pool to DOGS ONLY on Sunday, September 7, 2008!

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Squeezer and Viola both volunteer as alternates in case Eagle's schedule is too busy to allow him to represent Pugistan at this event.

Ippo said...

Yay for Eagle the Pug!!!!
So what are your plans after returning from Beijing?
Another competition perhaps?

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Wendell has his eye on a similar event, Joe.

Good question, Ippo. The Pug Life Telethon is now on the radar screen.