At some point in my youth, someone told me that the Great Wall of China was the only structure built by humans that is visible from outer space. I don't remember who told me, but it was someone I trusted, as I committed the fact to memory. Chances are this person thought it was true and wanted to share the knowledge.
I don't believe in voodoo or evil eyes or curses -- especially in sports. I never believed in the Curse of the Bambino upon the Red Sox or that a goat has cursed the Cubs. However, I do firmly believe that if there are curses, or that there should be curses, then the New York Yankees will be cursed forever, starting right now.
BEIJING -- Qin Shi Huang built the Great Wall of China more than 2,000 years ago, but the guess here is China's first emperor, guarded in his eternal repose by a terra cotta army, did not actually do the brick-and-mortar work himself. If there is a lesson in the murky past of the Middle Kingdom that can be transferred to the architectural confection known as the Water Cube, it is this: If Michael Phelps wins a record eight gold medals in the capital this week, it will be the toil of Jason Lezak that made the difference.
BEIJING -- Dremiel Byers doesn't flinch easily. The man is an Army supply sergeant and was a world champion super heavyweight in Greco Roman wrestling in 2002. He is 6 feet, 264 pounds of guts and granite. But on Thursday, the man had met his match.
Jackie Chan: A-list Asian megastar, iconic kung fu hero to millions and basically a really famous guy. We had been pursuing an in-depth interview with him for months through "The JC Group," Jackie's all-conquering management company.
MARYVALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Braun, you'd have to think, would be perfectly comfortable shagging balls in rush-hour traffic. He'd be absolutely fine running down a long fly on the edge of the Grand Canyon, or going nose-to-stone to bring back a home run over the Great Wall of China.
It occasionally occurs to me that if I could understand the Bush administration's foreign policy, I might like it. After months of threatening Iran with everything up to and including nuclear war, we are now full of Sweet Reason and offering to have diplomatic talks with the very people we have been denouncing as Beyond Vile.