NEW ORLEANS — The last time the Ravens were in the Super Bowl, Michael Phelps was a 15-year-old boy who had just gone to his first Olympics but had yet to win any of the 22 medals that last year made him the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Plus, on the day his beloved Ravens were playing in Tampa -- Jan. 28, 2001 -- Phelps was across the Atlantic Ocean.
"I was in Paris for a swim meet," Phelps recalled Friday, when he dropped by the Super Bowl media center. "And we tried to set the alarm to wake up in the night, but we slept through it."
Phelps, who retired from swimming after his fourth Olympics in London last year, cleared his calendar to make sure he could attend this year's game.
"I'm not missing this," Phelps said.
He predicted a seven-point victory for the Ravens. He arrived here Thursday after competing in the Annexus Pro-Am golf tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was partnered with Bubba Watson.
His fellow Ravens fan and longtime coach at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Bob Bowman didn't make the trip because he was away on a swimming workshop.
"Bob's in London," Phelps said. "He's upset a little bit."
"More than a little bit," Bowman corrected in a tweet.
But he added he'll be tuning in, on BBC Two. "First thing I found out today!"