Smelling the roses, sniffing the chalk lines
Proof that joy comes in little packages: behold, my new USB-powered mini-lava lamp, given to me for participating in a vendor survey. Thanks, Company XYZ!
I am bathed in its soothing, techie glow.
In sports news, tennis star Martina Hingis tested positive for cocaine use after losing in straight sets to Laura Granville at this year’s Wimbledon. Rather than fight the charges, she is choosing to retire from tennis. Seems like an admission of guilt, doesn’t it?
However, I read her complete statement where it appears that she (with her agent’s and handlers’ guidance, I’m certain) has considered the drawn-out process to clear one’s name in the court of public opinion. Faced with the facts, (a) she’s 27 – old for a tennis player, (b) she’s been fighting injury for several years now, and (c) she’ll always have the stigma of drug use as a distraction to her game, she decided to bow out while proclaiming her innocence.
While I always appreciated her play, I also believe retirement is the shrewdest move Hingis could make. Fellow player Jennifer Capriati lost years of tennis time after being stung with a drug scandal, but she was young enough to make a successful comeback. If Hingis is guilty, she’s out of tennis forever and her name and reputation are further dragged down. If she’s innocent, it would take years to prove, and the likelihood of a return to the game is minimal.
It’s sad that a former top player will be forever saddled with this stigma. As to her guilt or innocence, I have no idea. But I can’t help but wonder if one of the side effects of cocaine use is the onset of a receding hairline.
Also in sports news, one of the biggest matches of the year in the English Premier League is set for Saturday: Arsenal vs. Manchester United, currently tied at the top of the EPL table. Oh, I know it’s only soccer, and certainly doesn’t have the American interest that this weekend’s Patriots-Colts matchup will. However, if you’re interested in end-to-end action featuring some of the best and most storied teams in England, you can’t go wrong with this match. Unfortunately, viewing the match might prove a bit tricky (at least through legal means): you’ve got to find a soccer-friendly pub that carries Setanta. Sometimes it’s tricky to follow the beautiful game in the States, but trust me, this one’ll be worth it. Good luck, kickoff is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. ET.
And, ahem, Go you Gunners!