Thursday, September 11, 2008
Hornaday says he "couldn’t see a difference," so he stopped using.
First Andy Pettitte, then Ron Hornaday. Athletes failing in their attempts to use performance-enhancing drugs is a troubling trend. These guys are winners, damnit.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Fans of the German soccer club Hamburger SV now have the chance for the ultimate resting place—their own cemetery and a grave covered with the original grass from the team’s playing field.
Fans traveling to their final resting place will enter the afterlife through a large replica of a goal. Because that's not tacky at all.
Alfred McLane**, a representative for Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, shot down rumors that the Mets would try something similar near CitiField, saying, "Flushing is already a fucking boneyard. What would be the point?"
* Not a lie.
** No such person.
Let's see, how'd I do?
Second week of September? Check.
Penchant for speaking in the third person? Check.
Tendency to show up the competition? Check.
Well, can't win 'em all.
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition.
What he said -- that's why we watch.
Oscar Pistorius is why we watch.
Pistorius has a congenital condition that prevented his legs from forming below the fibula. He was amputated below the knees at 11-months-old. In a perverted way, he's lucky to never have known regular legs and lost them. He's been forced to cope since he was born.
Cope he has.
Pistorius has made a name for himself after challenging and winning the Olympic ban on runners who must use prosthetics to compete in track and field events. He narrowly missed qualifying for the Beijing Games but dominates Paralympic competition.
Oscar Pistorius' quest of competing in the Olympics is inspiration incarnate. The wonder of a man with no legs competing at the highest levels of sport is no freak show; it's triumph of the highest magnitude, an achievement to be celebrated.
Oscar Pistorius transcends banal questions of winning and losing. He stomps in the realm of sublime on a pair of magic legs.