Match.com wants Phelps to jump into dating pool

From Baltimore To Beijing

August 23, 2008|By RICK MAESE AND KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG

The Sun's Olympic correspondents, Rick Maese and Kevin Van Valkenburg, are blogging back and forth to each other at baltimoresun.com/olympicsblog. An excerpt:

To: Kevin, et al.

You might want to check out this link. Match.com, as you might or might not know, is a popular dating site. Not that I know anything about it. (For the record, I am NOT the same rmaese3641b who enjoys Scrubs, Wes Anderson movies, seaweed salad, the Sunday Times crossword puzzle and California Pinot Noir.) Anyhow, where was I? ...

Oh, Michael Phelps, Baltimore's miracle merman. Match.com users decided pretty overwhelmingly that Phelps should captain their dream team. In fact, 81 percent are on board. And I have no idea what that even means. From the release:

"It's clear that Michael Phelps has found a place in the hearts of our members," said Darcy Cameron, senior director of marketing and advertising for Match.com. "In honor of his historic accomplishments, Match.com would like to offer Mr. Phelps a free membership until he finds that special someone, even though we don't anticipate that he'll be single for long!"

The poll also found that Match.com members dig beach volleyball. In addition to advancing to the gold-medal game, Kerri Walsh can celebrate that Match.com members selected her as the female Olympian they'd most like to go on a date with, taking 36 percent of the vote.

Fencing might seem like the most chivalrous sport, but according to Match.com members, it's definitely not the sexiest. That title went to beach volleyball with 58 percent of the vote.

Additionally, when asked who they would rather have "pick them up when they're down," 65 percent of Match.com members decided to go for the gold with swimming sensation Michael Phelps, while only 35 percent selected Bela Karolyi. (Kerri Strug was not available to participate in this survey.)

So he gets a free membership? Wow, that's generous. I'm sure Phelps is going to have a tough time getting dates. I'm sure girls back home are totally turned off by eight gold medals and all those endorsement deals. Yeah, that makes for a bad profile.

Rick Maese

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