Imagining a Worse Week in Sports In a week where a NFL quarterback was charged with running a dog fighting ring, an NBA official was suspected of betting on games he refereed, and the Tour de France almost collapsed under the weight of doping scandals — could things get any worse for sports?
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Imagining a Worse Week in Sports

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ALEX CHADWICK, host:

Sport's headlines from the week. Atlanta Falcon's quarterback Michael Vick charged with running a dog fighting ring. An NBA referee suspected of betting on games he officiated. The Tour de France in shambles after leading riders are dumped for doping. I mean you could hardly imagine worse for sports. But Slate writer Josh Levin did in a fanciful essay right here by DAY TO DAY senior producer and would-be sportscaster Steve Proffitt.

STEVE PROFFITT: Veterinarians of the University of Pennsylvania admitted today that the beloved thoroughbred Barbaro's x-rays were mixed up with those of a badly mangled quarter horse named Princess Steve. According to a hospital spokesman, it turns out that Barbaro was on his way to a full recovery.

Cal Ripken Jr. confessed that his younger brother Billy suited up on his behalf at least two dozen times during what was thought to have been a streak of 2,632 consecutive games played. Sometimes I just had other stuff to do, the long-time Oriole told reporters.

White House spokesman Tony Snow announced that Jason McElwain, the autistic teenager who won the nation's heart by making six three pointers in his first and only high school basketball game was actually 40-year-old former NBA sharpshooter Tim Legler.

And finally, newly discovered photographs show the fabled African-American track star Jesse Owens playing checkers and enjoying a tandem bicycle ride with Adolph Hitler during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

CHADWICK: Bad news sports from DAY TO DAY's Steve Proffitt and Slate's Josh Levin. Josh has more at Slate.com.

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