With the news
today that Lance Armstrong is surrendering his seven Tour de France cycling titles, I want to return to my rant from last week
that nobody seems to notice anything when famous celebrities look a little odd. Here, for example, is a picture of the veteran tennis-playing Williams Sisters from the cover
of the upcoming New York Times Sunday Magazine
. Venus, on the left, looks like an enormously tall and extremely athletic woman in the peak of physical shape. As I recall, when Venus emerged as a pro in the 1990s, she set a record for velocity of service speed for a woman. So, Venus is really, really strong. If you want to see what a woman who can hit a tennis ball extremely hard looks like, look at Venus.
In contrast, her younger sister Serena
, who won the Olympic gold medal earlier this month, looks like she`s weighing in to fight Jake LaMotta
in Comiskey Park for the welterweight championship.
Granted, these are sisters, not identical twins like Jose and Ozzie Canseco, back when the former was a slugging MVP and the latter was a skinny minor leaguer. Still, I`m fascinated that the two would agree to be photographed side by side. Obviously, the contrast doesn`t seem to strike anybody else as interesting.