We have seen many greats stay too long in the arena: Willie Mays, Joe Namath, Michael Jordan, Gordie Howe.
Bjorn Borg made a professional tennis comeback long after his prime, and it was a dismal affair to watch.
More recently, Will Clark did it the right way. Still able to swing a sweet bat, he hit a combined .319 in his final season in the major leagues, finishing with a .345 average in the final 51 games of the 2000 season for St. Louis. Then he hit .412 in the NLCS and retired.
The most recent example of staying too long was Madonna's halftime performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday. All hail to her for still having all-world chutzpah, but someone needs to let her know that acting the coquette is not the game a member of the landed British gentry of a certain age should be playing.
In some ways, her forced performance fit into the whole Super Bowl spectacle, an exercise in style over substance when taken as the overlong spectacle into which it has evolved. Everything except the game and this year's was special for a handful of plays and little more is a big marketing gimmick. And who has marketed herself with more success over the years than Madonna?
At least Michael Jordan didn't have to lip-sync a jumper.
What to watch
College basketball, Duke at North Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN: Traditional showdown of ACC powers as March Madness looms.
What to do
NHL, Calgary at Sharks, 7 p.m., HP Pavilion: The Sharks are flying high entering final third of the season.
What was the best part about Super Bowl XLVI?
Madonna's halftime show
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What best describes your spring training experience?
I go every year: 5%
I've been at least once: 18%
I sure wish I could go: 45%
I don't care about it: 32%
Total votes: 218
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