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Some karmic food for thought

The Baltimore Sun

So maybe instant karma isn't gonna get you.

The Food Court Lunch blog proposes the idea that "what goes around, comes around" doesn't seem to apply when it comes to sports and lists several examples of "karmic anomalies." Here are some of them:

* Phil Mickelson: "Three majors wins. Thirty-four PGA Tour wins. Perhaps the greatest left-handed golfer ever. And, by all accounts, a monumental [a word here that can appear in b, but not here]. So annoying, in fact, that he makes Vijay Singh seem palatable."

* Cristiano Ronaldo: "Bar none, the most talented soccer player in the world. He should be loved. And he is - amongst the Portuguese and eyebrow maintenance professionals. But the rest of the world hates how he flaunts his superiority. The beautiful girlfriends, the endless amounts of cash, the sinuous legs; he has it all."

* Pat Riley: "At the time, Stan Van Gundy told the press that he was quitting midway through a successful season for the Miami Heat to spend more time with his family. It was out of the goodness of Pat Riley's heart that he was stepping in to fill the void left by Van Gundy's departure. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that Pat Riley smelled the chance to get himself one more championship ring. ... Surely the forces of karma will intercede to ... prevent a Miami win and hit Pat with his just desserts, right? Wrong. Miami wins the title, and the Riley legacy is further cemented"

* Curt Schilling: "Rarely has a pitcher run his mouth on so many occasions and still managed to back it up. Consistently flaunts the hallowed rule against athletes taking each other to task in the press."

* Terrell Owens: "T.O. has broken virtually every rule about professional sports. He blames his teammates for his team's failure. He accuses his quarterbacks of being, among other things, incompetent and/or gay. He grandstands. ... About the only thing that prevents T.O. from being struck by lightning at any time seems to be the fact that he never takes off a play."

How 'bout them boys

To mark last Saturday's 35th anniversary of the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, Selena Roberts of Sports Illustrated took stock of where women's sports sit today in society.

She concluded that they still lag behind, particularly because of the popularity of the NFL for men and women.

"The NFL has become part of the workday experience: Did you see the game on Sunday? How did your fantasy team do? In order to integrate into a workplace often dominated by men, many women have adopted football as part of their social lexicon.

" There is no large band of men hovering in front of the tube to see a fast-pitch softball game unless, of course, they want to impress their boss - and their boss happens to be Jennie Finch. Outside of maybe tennis - and only if a Williams sister is involved - about the only time a female athlete nudges in on the office-cubicle dynamic is when an event transcends box scores: Danica Patrick racing men at Indy or Chinese gymnasts from the Dora the Explorer age group competing in Beijing. Again, it's sensation and scandal that moves the mainstream needle."

Mr. Flip would not agree. He'll watch women's tennis when Ana Ivanovic is playing, too.

Celebrating his own way

And perhaps to help make the previous point: The proprietor of machochip.com decided he would help mark the NFL's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by listing the league's 12 hottest Latina cheerleaders.

Compiled from news service and Web reports - and Tips of the Flip to SI.com - by Mr. Flip, who believes we should always celebrate hot cheerleaders regardless of ethnic background.

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