A hero's welcome, a new life in fame

Olympic champion Mark Spitz holds up an issue of Sports Illustrated with Michael Phelps on the cover is during a press event in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

"I hope he still [recognizes me]," Phelps said. "I miss him so much."

Sun reporters Mike Klingaman and Childs Walker contributed to this article.

michael phelps' to-do list
London Calling: The 14-time gold medal winner is in London, where the 2012 Games will be contested, to be part of the handover ceremony between Beijing and London during today's closing ceremonies.

Ravens, Ravens, Ravens: An unabashed Ravens fan, Phelps wants to score season tickets. Hear that Steve Bisciotti? Plan on seeing Phelps at the home opener on Sept. 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Maybe for the coin flip.

Saying Goodbye to Ann Arbor: He and Coach Bob Bowman have to wrap up their homes and business in the home of the University of Michigan. The Wolverines' football team plans to honor them on Sept. 27 when they play Wisconsin.

Parading around: Donald I. Mohler III, a spokesman for the Baltimore County government, said Thursday that tentative plans for the Phelps parade call for the event to take place in September or early October. He said county, city and state officials have held several meetings to work out plans for the parade, and that more details might be available after a meeting early next week with Phelps' agents.

Vacation, all he's ever wanted: Phelps plans to take a long vacation to an exotic island.

Hanging with Herman: Phelps plans some quality time with his English bulldog, Herman.

Building a new NBAC: Along with Bowman, Phelps will be an integral part of expansion plans at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, which could lead to an Olympic development center for swimmers. With Phelps on board, world-class swimmers will want to train in Baltimore.

Super Sunday: Phelps plans to attend the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla., and he hopes he will be wearing purple and black, saying, "Hopefully the Ravens are there."

Back to work: His five-month break ends in February when he begins training for the world championships in Rome in late July.