Dan Daly: Pardons, ties color Olympics
Did you hear Marion Jones is seeking a pardon from President Bush? For what? For managing only a bronze in the long jump at the 2000 Olympics - even though she was geeked up on steroids and should have Creamed the competition?
Speaking of the Olympics, to save time in Beijing, baseball will use a tiebreaker. If there’s still no winner after 10 innings, each team will be allowed to begin the 11th from any point in the batting order - with runners on first and second.
Fine by me - as long as it doesn’t determine homefield advantage in the World Series.
No joke: If I were U.S. manager Davey Johnson, I’d make room on my roster for the guy who just missed our Olympic team in the 100 meters. That’s who I’d want to put on second base in the 11th.
Elsewhere in Olympicsland, NBC announced that the commentators for at least 10 sports will be working from the network’s headquarters in New York.
It’ll be easy to tell which broadcasters aren’t in China, by the way. They’ll be the ones who aren’t wheezing.
Channel 4’s Lindsay Czarniak might have the best deal. She’ll be hosting the Games on the Oxygen network.
Absentee sportscasting. I’m not sure I like the idea. Can you imagine Frank Gifford doing the Ice Bowl from a studio years ago rather than from the frigid Lambeau Field press box? For one thing, he never would have uttered the immortal words: “I think I’ll have another bite of my coffee.”
It wouldn’t work for newspapers, either. I mean, picture Grantland Rice “covering” Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen off the office radio in 1924. Instead of “Outlined against a blue-gray October sky …,” his lead might have read, “Outlined against a dingy, off-white ceiling lit by dangling bulbs …”