A foreign tabloid is suggesting that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had a blast and a bong on a visit to Columbia. First, we don’t know what he was doing in Columbia instead of Charleston. (Doesn’t he know we’re considering a multi-million dollar aquatic center?!) Second, that’s a pretty cheap watch. We’d just go around with one of those medals on our wrist.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what a few City Paper editors thought of the picture:

Subject:  Michael Phelps “caught” smoking from bong in Columbia, SC

On Feb 1, 2009, at 7:59 AM, Christopher Haire wrote:

It’s the British press, so make of it what you will.

On Feb 1, 2009, at 8:08 AM, Greg Hambrick wrote:

Don’t you mean “Michael Phelps” caught smoking from bong in Columbia, SC?

On Feb 1, 2009, at 8:42 AM, Stephanie Barna wrote:

Waaaayyyy too hairy to be Phelps.