~By Bob Schaller
The columns about the pending end of the career of the world's greatest all-time swimmer certainly draw attention. And they are legitimate news items, a discussion worth having because it is something not imagined or blown out of proportion: A scaled down 2012 and retirement before 2016. Regardless, at some point, the comet that is Michael Phelps has lit up the swimming universe for far longer than many might have expected, and it's brought with it an illumination of the sport that will be hard to replace.
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