"Beauty" gets the short end of the mainstream sports discussion these days, hidden as it is under a mountain of numbers. Salaries, times, records, statistics: sports have become easier to quantify than they are to qualify.
If it wasn't the best sports day in history it was certainly one of the busiest. From tennis to soccer to baseball to tracks to hockey to basketball to boxing, June 9 had everything but football.
Death came to racing on Sunday, and with it comes the anguished, unanswerable question that invariably accompanies tragedy. Why did Dan Wheldon have to die?
Maybe Danica Patrick's move into a full-time NASCAR gig will be a step forward for gender equity. Maybe racing fans won't see it that way. And maybe neither expectation is fair.