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Basketball was my coming of age sport.
I love the game.
But the way Dr. Naismith designed the game the player had to shoot up to make a bucket.
When I was in High School (the famous De Witt Clinton in The Bronx) --- our star was "Leopard Ed" Warner. Occasionally you would "dunk" the ball --- and receive cat-calls for show-boating !
Now, everyone does it.
I think it sort of cheapens the game --- although some of the athletes --- like Gilbert Arenas --- are fantastic.
I find myself watching more and more women's sports.
For the most part they shoot up to the basket. At my towering height of 5' 10" that is something I relate to.
So too in tennis. Serves come in off of high-tech rackets in men's tennis at 130 mph.
I can't even see that.
The women's service comes in substantially lower than that. They are often great and graceful athletes --- but I know what they are doing, although any one could whip my butt on my best days.
My crowning tenninis moment: At a benefit in Washington DC I hit a twisting serve into the mid-section of the fabulous Argentian player Gabriella Santini. She shanked it. At first she grimaced --- and then broke out laughing.
Tiger is clearly a great golfer --- but the new shafts let him hit drives 350 yards.
Batting helmets give hitters an advantage that earlier batters did not have.
Similarly fiber-galss poles shoot pole vaulters into previously unbelievable heights.
The comparability of records over time is almost meaningless.