And so, it has come to pass, in our world of sports marketing and branding and fat-cat-making, that international soccer is crooked.
As the evening began, there was a Memorial Day buzz at the Big A on Monday night that had little to do with the major league baseball team that plays there.
The Golden State Warriors were in trouble the other night in Game 1 of their playoffs with the Houston Rockets.
There had to be a morning after at creaky old Pimlico, which needed sandbags for the unprecedented downpour during Saturday's Preakness and needs them now just to hold up the old grandstand.
Here we go again. Horse racing is dangling that Triple Crown carrot.
For the first time in 140 years of the Preakness Stakes, the needs of this city trump the needs of horse racing.
Celebrity in horse racing has the shelf life of a passing meteor. Thursday afternoon, Art Sherman's once streaking star was obscured in the overcast surrounding a Southern California freeway.
Preakness week began with a yawn.