Sunday, February 15, 2009

On Danica, Curry and McEnroe

It's been a busy weekend -- and I'm writing this even before the Daytona 500 has concluded -- so let's get right to it:

1. Danica Patrick in Charlotte? This Associated Press report says it could happen, as the F1 team that plans to base itself in Charlotte in 2010 is looking at trying to hire Danica (as well as other drivers). Now wouldn't that be something? I'd love to see Danica -- who these days makes an annual appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue as well as competing well in the IndyCar series -- make her home base here.

2. Good to see that Stephen Curry didn't do something more serious to his ankle than roll it in the Furman game Saturday. X-rays were negative, Davidson reported Sunday, and Curry is day-to-day.

If Curry had torn something and been out the rest of the season, that would have put a huge damper on Davidson's season. The Wildcats might have still made the NCAA tournament, but it would have been no beter than a 50-50 proposition. As it is, I'm sure Davidson coach Bob McKillop will be careful with Curry and perhaps sit him out Wednesday vs. The Citadel (a surprising team that could give Davidson fits without Curry). But if I were a betting man, I'd bet Curry will play Saturday in a huge non-conference home game against nationally-ranked Butler.

3. Want to feel old? John McEnroe turns 50 Monday. Happy birthday to Johnny Mac, one of the best things to ever happen to tennis despite his temper tantrums. McEnroe who celebrated his last day as a 49-year-old by playing in the finals of a 30-and-over seniors tournament for former champions in Boston -- he beat Jim Courier soundly to get there. McEnroe barely lost the final, 7-6, 6-4, to 37-year-old Pete Sampras.

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