Ask the Editor
Well there is plenty to talk about in this week's Ask the Editor column despite not having any real questions deposited in the mail bag. So this week will be more of a discussion of the week's big news rather than a question/answer session.
The biggest news of course centers around the Nextel Cup's (that still sounds odd) crown jewel, the Daytona 500 where the public's fave Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened the season with its biggest victory.
Earnhardt Jr. got the monkey off his back quickly, quelling the whispers about when he was going to win the 'big one' that took his father so long to win.
Junior's victory over Tony Stewart and rookie Scott Wimmer on Sunday should likely kick start a party that could well last until Spring Break starts in a couple of weeks. However, Earnhardt Jr. will have to know 'when to say when' sometime Sunday since he is slated to race in a Busch Series race this afternoon.
With his penchant for the party along with his crew of rock star friends no doubt ready to celebrate long into the night, the question may be what makes driving 200+ miles per hour in a wickedly loud stock car tolerable with a hangover?
Also blasting out over every media outlet known to man is the news that the New York Yankees are set to try and buy their next World Series title.
George Steinbrenner and the Texas Rangers appear set to finalize a deal that would send star shortstop Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named.
The Rangers will have to pay $43 million of A-Rod's remaining seven-year contract and New York will pay Rodriguez $112 million for the next seven years.
In turn, Rodriguez will move to third base so that current New York shortstop Derek Jeter won't have to switch positions.
The funny part of the contract is in the details which call for Rodriguez to receive a hotel suite on road trips and for him to have the right to link his Web site directly to the Yankees site.
Almost makes you wonder what sort of odd clauses Babe Ruth might have asked for in this day and time. White Castle's available on call 24-hours a day? His own traveling brewery to follow him on the road? The possibilities are endless. . .
And how bout Fred Jones of the Indiana Pacers?
The kid from the University of Oregon and born in Malvern, Arkansas, goes out and proves that you don't have to be LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to dunk a basketball.
The Pacers' second-year man dethroned two-time defending champion Jason Richardson of Golden State in the Slam Dunk contest during Saturday's NBA All-Star game festivities.
All in all a pretty memorable weekend of sports festivities. Now if you excuse me I'm going to see if I can join the party down in Daytona.
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