Danica Patrick made history by winning the pole position for the Daytona 500, but winning the race is the ultimate goal.
Taking a spin around the sports world, wondering when Danica Patrick and her new beau, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., discuss that age-old discussion of who are better drivers, men or women, who wins?
News: Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to win the pole for the Daytona 500.
Views: This has never been easy for Patrick, who has spent most of her career trying to avoid having the same career as former tennis pro Anna Kournikova.
Kournikova was known for her beauty and ability to sell a lawnmower on the North Pole, but was a colossal disappointment in her chosen profession.
Patrick, too, was a marketing star and given the star treatment long before she did anything on the track to earn her star status. She had brushes of success on the IndyCar circuit but won just one race before making the switch to the ultimate guy sport, NASCAR.
Winning the pole is one thing, winning the race - or any race - is a much greater challenge.
Sunday's accomplishment may be the beginning of something big or just a blip on the screen. But let's hope for the former.
I remember back in 2005 when my daughter Andrea came in the room and asked why we were all watching the Indy 500. When we told her it was late in the race and a woman was leading - that woman being Patrick - she immediately sat down and was completely taken in.
She cared little about the Indy 500 or racing, but knew a woman was doing something pretty special in a sport dominated by men. She thought it was the coolest thing ever and talked about Patrick for days, which is good enough reason for me to hope Patrick continues to find success in NASCAR and send the important message that anything is possible to all young women.
News: The Packers release Charles Woodson: I
Views: Easily the biggest fallout from this move is there is now a substantial leadership vacuum within the Packers' locker room.
With Donald Driver retiring a couple of weeks ago and with Woodson cut loose, the Packers have lost their two best leaders on the team. The kind of leadership those two provided is not automatically replaced, and the Packers can only hope it will be.
News: Reports say the Milwaukee Bucks face some key decisions that could profoundly affect the franchise as Thursday's NBA trade deadline approaches.
Views: Whatever the Bucks may or may not do, it will not be profound. In order for that to happen, they would have to do something involving a legitimate franchise player. And since they have none, I'm not sure what the fuss is all about.
This organization has been swapping good to average players in and out of its organization for years, and continuing to get nowhere.
The last time the Bucks had what could be considered great players is when Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell were in town. They haven't had any since.
If the Bucks would swing a deal to bring in a true franchise player, that would be profound. But considering what they have to offer, that hardly seems possible.
News: The Packers release Charles Woodson: II
Views: Woodson is far and away the best of the free agents procured under general manager Ted Thompson. In fact, he's the only one of note (well, you can throw in Ryan Pickett if you wish).
Now compare that to what his teacher, Ron Wolf, did: Reggie White, Santana Dotson, Sean Jones, Desmond Howard, Frank Winters, Bruce Wilkerson and Don Beebe. Wolf was far more aggressive and signed many more players who made important contributions.
But in this bottom-line business that is the NFL, Thompson's draft and develop philosophy has netted him the exact same number of Super Bowl wins as Wolf's quick fix philosophy.
So what does it mean? What we already knew, that there is more than one way to reach the promised land.
News: Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel will miss the entire 2013 season after tearing the surgically repaired ACL is his right knee.
Views: Certainly a much bigger blow to Gamel than the Brewers. He was finally given his chance last season, won the job out of spring training and it was his time to prove if he was a bona fide every day major leaguer, something less or perhaps something more. But he tore his ACL in early May, was lost for the season. And now this.
At 27, he has the opportunity to still come back. But this may have been his last, best chance to prove himself.
The Brewers will identify some other player to play first until Corey Hart returns and will be fine. As for Gamel, we can't be sure.
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