Friday, April 30, 2010

Reports From The Sporting Life

• Is there much doubt Santonio Holmes (mug shot, left) will die young, broke, and under suspension/
under subpoena/in jail/on parole/on probation?

He will, no doubt, be tweeting in quasi-English every misstep of the way.

• Arizona's "papers, please" statute is generating an issue concerning the 2011 baseball all-star game, scheduled to be played in Phoenix; Mike Lupica and others call for moving the game.

Anyone with profilable pigmentation or a Hispanic accent could reasonably prefer to avoid Arizona until this law is invalidated in court or repealed by the Arizona legislature. Many players -- including Albert Pujols, Johan Santana, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Mariano Rivera and Hanley Ramirez, for starters -- would have several good reasons to decline to appear in Arizona for an all-star game.

Unless professional baseball wishes to conduct an all-star game featuring Jeff Clement instead of Albert Pujols, Andy LaRoche standing in for A-Rod, and Charlie Morton for Johan Santana, the 2011 all-star game should probably be moved now.

• Tiger Woods missed the Quail Hollow cut; "my short game wasn't very good," he said, adding that he would watch the weekend's golf to "watch how it's done." Or, he could seek tips from his wife, Elin, who reportedly reportedly swings a mean nine-iron (trajectory diagram inspired by her swing, right).

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