If you are not careful when discussing England's crushing failure to qualify for Euro 2008, and the subsequent appointment of Fabio Capello as the national-team manager, you can appear to morph from cosmopolitan man of the world to foaming xenophobe. To demonstrate that you have nothing against foreign players or managers, it has to be picked through, step by step.
I got a call the other day from a club official who's been around a long, long time. He's the kind of person I would call every now and then to get my head straight, when the crush of NFL affairs became almost too overpowering. He saw things through a wry and caustic eye, especially the hypocrisy not only in the football world, but in big-time sports in general -- even though he was a part of that world. He used to get a special kick out of the way different clubs chose to handle, if that's really the right word, their disciplinary problems.
Prince William deftly sidestepped questions about on-again, off-again girlfriend Kate Middleton on Saturday when he and Prince Harry checked out the final preparations for the next day's Concert for Diana.