In the first men's event of the Santa Clara Grand Prix's final session, Nick D'Arcy stormed home to beat Michael Phelps in the 200 fly. Nick D'Arcy has had some pretty tough luck, much of it self-created. I don't know why, but I have found myself cheering for him. It's not that I have general sympathy for anyone that causes serious bodily harm on another person in a bar fight. But, D'Arcy has been subject to not just double but probably triple jeopardy as a result.
Not only did he face normal legal consequences, but he was forced off the 2008 Olympic team, then allowed to try out for the World Championship and subsequently left off that as well. Last summer, he had the honor of joining a long line of guys who seemed like they might have a chance of beating Phelps in a 200 fly and instead got trounced. Laszlo Cseh welcomed him with a pat on the back while Takeshi Matsuda scowled in the corner. Honestly, even if you're the opposite of me and you totally cheer against D'Arcy you have to be excited to have a guy this villainous to root against.