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Q. Why is it that a baseball hit deep into the hole on two bounces, thrown to first for the out, perhaps dug out on a short hop, tossed around-the-horn "just because," is then finally returned to the pitcher to remain in play for the next batter BUT should a pitched ball "kiss" the dirt at home, the catcher immediately requests a new ball from the umpire? (Greg Arnold; Herndon, Va.)
A. I contacted the commissioner's office for comment on your inquiry, to which Bud Selig responded, "I believe we have the toughest testing program in sports."
Q. Keith Olbermann is back on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET weeknights next month - doesn't this just feel like another "Great Gatsby" remake? (Tony Dunn; Albany, N.Y.)
A. Over/under on Olbermann's first blowup with ESPN management: 11:17 p.m. ET opening night.
Q. Do you think that Joe Theismann's well-publicized malfunctioning prostate had anything to do with his preference for the "hurry-up offense" he used in his later years? (Bob Abrams; McLean, Va.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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