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Front Row: From The Cheap Seats

By Larry Harris

Brave New World: The ultra-slow-motion coverage of the recent Australian Open brought to television an entirely different way of covering tennis. The concentration on players' emotions and body language as well as amazing action shots opens up unlimited possibilities in other sports.

Backbreaker: After that six-hour Aussie final, Novak Djokovic has now defeated Rafael Nadal seven straight times, all in tournament finals, and three in consecutive majors. Some speculate the acrobatic Spaniard may even retire if he doesn't gain some measure of revenge at his favorite tournament, the coming French Open.

NFL Infirmary: If the concussion problem is as wide-spread as all those seeking restitution from the NFL say it is, would it be wise for the league to establish a hospital, or part of an existing hospital, devoted exclusively to football injuries?

Wise Words: From "The Blazers' Edge," a Portland fan site: "[The Blazers] shot a wonderful (for them) 8-21 from the arc tonight for 38 percent. Then again, the Warriors shot 11-20, for 55 percent. It's like giving a nice little performance for American Idol and then having Frank Sinatra take the stage after you."

Virgin Territory: The NBA says it is bleeding money, but it just sent former Dunbar great Muggsy Bogues on an 18-hour flight to give a clinic to youngsters in India. The league is betting there must be a Dikembe Mutombo or Yao Ming in that population of 1.2 billion.

More Front Row:
Soccer Standout Takes Coaching Skills To Central America 
One Love Foundation Soars Beyond Goals  
Studies Show Lacrosse Is On Growth Binge 
Dogged Legislators Made Lacrosse Official Sport 
Mike Bordick Welcomes New Orioles Role 
Annual Plunge Raised $2.5 Million In 16th Year  
From The Cheap Seats 

Issue 170: February 2012