Monday, May 27, 2013

The Indy 500, Notre Dame has more trouble and a great interview

From where I sit it looks like a rare sight in sports...almost universal celebration for a competitor. Tony Kanaan achieved just that at the Indy 500.

To see the losers take consolation from Kanaan's win is a great reminder of the magic of sport. Kanaan is a rare breed in open-wheel racing, someone who wears his heart on his sleeve. He can be counted on to give a great account of himself no matter where he is in the race. Whether leading or running at the back Kanaan is always charging, looking for a way through. Then post race not only giving a frank assessment of his own result, but offering plaudits to the victor. Classy is a dreadfully overused word, but it's the best one to describe Kanaan. A worthy Indy 500 champion.

Notre Dame is in the headlines again...and once again it's not for good reasons.

The biggest question for me isn't so much who will replace Everett Golson, but what did he do? And what exactly is “poor academic judgement”? The Fighting Irish went to the National Championship last year, and since have almost imploded. Various players have transferred out or turned pro. Now the starting QB is gone for the season. However, that's not through injury, but delinquency. How did this only surface now? Obviously, students are free to choose their own course of study, but wasn't someone keeping on eye on Golson? Sure, this reflects badly on Golson, but it's worse for Notre Dame. I should be surprised when something like this happens. I should be, but I'm not.

The vast majority of post-game interviews are mundane...this one, with the Blue Jays Munenori Kawasaki was anything but...

I would love more exuberance like that!

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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