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Shark Week: Phelps will race a shark? Yeah, right

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Back in my day, Shark Week was about sharks. Real sharks!

The last time I tuned into to Shark Week on the Discovery Channel a few years ago they were running a misleading program about a prehistoric shark called "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives." The "documentary" featured actors pretending to be scientists who are hunting for a live 67-foot-long (20-meter-long) Megalodon nicknamed "Submarine" that is terrorizing humans and their boats off the coast of South Africa. 

That's when Shark Week "jumped the shark" for me. No more. 

This year, the channel has announced a stunt that will most likely draw in viewers, but won't live up to it's actual title. 

Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White. Yeah, Michael Phelps is going to "race a great white shark." Sure he is. 

The world's most decorated athlete will most likely just be clocked on how fast he can swim and they'll compare that to a great white shark. And they'll spend an hour making you think you're about to see Phelps jump into an ocean and race a great white shark side-by-side. 

"An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before," the channel said in a press release. "The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark -- the race is on!"

Ugh. 

This Instagram post by Phelps confirms he'll at least get near sharks. 

A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on

As for other programming during the 29th anniversary of Shark Week, you can expect to see "Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives," "Shark Vortex" and "Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins." Alien Sharks? Looks like I'll once again be missing Shark Week. 

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