Talking Points: No apology necessary
Monday, July 30, 2012
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
Frustration got the better of Ryan Harrison in his Olympic tennis debut on Saturday.
The 20-year-old from Austin, Texas, ended play with a mangled racket when he lost to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 7-5, 6-3.
He slammed his racket to the grass in anger after losing the next-to-last game, and when he double-faulted on match point, he broke his racket by again spiking it.
Then it seemed as if he was called to the principal's office on Sunday, doing an interview with NBC's Pat O'Brien at Wimbledon and apologizing for his actions the previous day.
Harrison had nothing to apologize for. He is far from the first tennis player to break a racket in frustration and hardly the first to do it on the Wimbledon lawns.
The Brickyard 400 used to be the new and cool thing in NASCAR.
It seemed as if every inch of bleachers were taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just like the heyday of the Indy 500.
Sunday's race at Indy was a typical example of what all NASCAR tracks are experiencing these days — fans are staying home in droves.
Cool or not, NASCAR is not what it once was.
That is really too bad, because the NASCAR calendar has a few must-see events — and the Brickyard is definitely one.
Even if the television ratings prove strong (and it will be tough going against the Olympics this year), race organizers need ticket sales and sponsorships to keep their date in the NASCAR calendar.
Otherwise, it will go dark.
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