Tomorrow and Wednesday we’ll be taking a closer look at the brackets region-by-region, and one Thursday and Friday we’ll check in throughout the day with observations from the games. Today, though, we’ll just hit a few notes from around the sporting world before we forget that all other sports exist for a couple of days:
1. I don’t know if you managed to see Zenyatta win the Santa Margarita on Saturday, but if you didn’t then hit Youtube. It was a very, very impressive effort. I felt like Zenyatta was robbed when Rachel Alexandra was given Horse of the Year last year, and now I am certain of it. She is a truly spectacular horse – as good as any in the 34 years of my life. I honestly believe that the only time she will lose is if she has a bad day.
2. The NHL continues to show a stunning lack if consistency with discipline. Alexander Ovechkin, the league’s best player, was suspended for two games for a hit that knocked Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell out for the rest of the season and the playoffs. If he wasn’t so marketable he probably would have received 10 games. The NHL just seems to make up their suspensions as they go along, and they never seem to do the same thing twice. At least they aren’t predictable or boring, I guess.
3. I love Cliff Lee. The guy can pitch the lights out. More than that, though, he doesn’t take any crap. Today against the Diamondbacks Lee had an issue with catcher Chris Snyder, so he took action. He threw a pitch way inside, and just to make sure that the message got through and no one thought it was a mistake he sent the next pitch at Snyder’s head. The situation seemed to stem from an incident in the first inning when Lee was trying to cover home and ran into Snyder. Lee was ejected from the game, but it wasn’t much of an issue – he was probably only going three innings anyway, so he only came out one inning early. You have to love a guy who is intense enough to go vigilante in his second spring training start. Awesome.