USA Today‘s Christine Brennan on Obama’s decision fill out a men’s NCAA Tournament bracket but not a women’s bracket:
I realize the men’s tournament is much more popular than the women’s, and Obama is a big men’s hoops fan and avid player, but the fact remains there is another top-notch college basketball tournament going on at the same time, and he absolutely should have acknowledged it.
He also should have insisted on saying his bracket was for the “men’s NCAA tournament.”
Those who don’t use that pesky little adjective — and you know who you are — are acting as if there’s no women’s tournament at all, or it’s so beneath them, it’s not worth mentioning. This is rather silly. It is 2009, after all.
Tessa Jowell, a minister to the 2012 London Games, on what politicians in PM Gordon Brown’s government can learn from British athletes:
“No British athlete won a medal in Beijing by saying it was all too difficult, talking about their colleagues and dissing their coach. British cycling and rowing are a model of how good government could behave.”
Dale McFeatters of Scripps on the NFL’s decision to establish a Political Action Committee:
The AIG flap should have alerted the NFL that this is not the time for a large, potentially overextended — if it goes to an 18-game schedule — organization, with a history of lavish bonuses and many of whose employees are no strangers to the courthouse, to be drawing attention to itself.
The Holy Writers (BBWAA) is to steroids and the Hall of Fame, as Congress is to retention bonuses and taxes.
If you need the answer key:
a. they jump on the bandwagon
b. they should realize that this is a minor blip in a bigger context
c. they will use their god-like power to make sure the wicked are punished
Rob Neyer on the first female to reach the Japanese major leagues:
Hmmm, let’s see … five feet and 114 pounds … what happens when the enemy hitters start dropping bunts into that tricky area between the pitcher’s mound and the third-base line? Will Yoshida have the quickness and the arm strength to throw anyone out at first base? And speaking of arm strength, what happens when the count is three balls and no strikes? Or what happens when there’s a grounder to the first baseman and she has to cover first base and gets run over by some burly first baseman?