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Ulrich ups ultra ante by pulling 212-pound cart 146 miles

Column by Steve Yingling

Sky surfing and double triathlons are considered over the edge by most, but what ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich attempted recently is sickening.

Ulrich, who has won the Badwater 146 four times, took the extreme event one step closer to insanity.

The Fort Morgan, Colo., ultrarunner left his support crew at home and pulled a 212-pound supply cart the 146-mile distance from Badwater (Death Valley) to Mount Whitney last month. Miraculously, Ulrich completed the trek, which included 128-degree heat, in 77 hours and 48 minutes.

Too bad he didn’t have enough room for a psychiatrist on the cart.

Afterward, the Fort Morgan Times quoted him as saying, “The hardest thing I’ve ever done. I don’t know how many times I thought of quitting, I was reduced to a desert animal, crawling under mesquite bushes to get away from the heat.”

And we all used to think Evel Knievel was crazy!

Coach hits star player where it hurts

When you read Associated Press wire service stories on a daily basis, it’s rare that you come across something original.

But Washington State football coach Mike Price came through with the academy award in originality late last Wednesday night when he discussed the discipline for star wide receiver Nian Taylor. Taylor was recently sentenced to three days in jail and two years probation after pleading guilty to charges of malicious mischief (grabbing his ex-girlfriend and punching her in the chest).

“(Taylor) has already been punished by the football department,” Price said. “He was suspended for a month in the summer … he couldn’t go to the weight room, which is like death for these guys, or be a part of the team.”

Yeah, and Taylor must have been so devastated without the weight training that he probably wandered down there a few times and peeked through the windows at his teammates in their sweat shop.

Vegas vacation for the Kings

The Maloof brothers, Joe and Gavin, rewarded the Sacramento Kings for their fabulous 1999 season by paying for a week’s stay in Las Vegas for players, coaches and their wives in June.

Someone should have tipped the brothers off that they could have saved some money by sending them to Tahoe for the week.

Would you rather spend the week in Tahoe or Las Vegas this time of the year? I don’t know about you, but 80 degrees sounds more appealing than 110, and Tahoe obviously is easier on the eyes.

Enough already of Ryder Cup

How many people out there are fed up with the buildup of the Ryder Cup competition between U.S. and European golfers?

It’s the most overrated and nauseous event in sports. When is the world, especially the sports world, going to stop placing so much emphasis on where players are from and compete for the sake of competition.

Added competition for Yankees

Don’t put that American League Championship Series matchup between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in ink yet. In fact, neither team may represent the AL in the World Series in October.

The way Oakland and Texas have been playing the past few months should cause concern in the Big Apple and Cleveland. Both teams can wear out pitching staffs and their pitching is better than it has been in a while.

Wouldn’t that make everyone in the Bay Area forget the Mark McGwire giveaway to the Cardinals? Think of the additional games the A’s would have lost this season had McGwire been in the lineup. Remember, the Cardinals usually lose when McGwire homers.

What a way for football to start

College football opens on Saturday with Penn State meeting Arizona in a possible Rose Bowl preview. The 10 a.m. kickoff should allow football fans time to catch the opening kickoff for STHS and Sparks at 1:30 p.m. I guess the grass won’t get mowed, nor the wood stacked.

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