Both ABC and NBC picked sports themes for their closing features. NBC chose the arrival of spring, sending Kerry Sanders to the Boston Red Sox' camp in Florida to check into the hype over the gyroball. It is a Japanese-invented pitch that may or may not be thrown by Daesuke Matsuzaka, "Dice-K" as the adoring Red Sox Nation calls its new phenom. Sanders even had NBC's computer graphics department depict the supposed late breaking motion that could be a bluff or could be the next big thing. Whatever, Dice-K memorabilia is flying off the shelves as Boston bars pour Dice-Ktinis.
ABC chose the departure of winter, dispatching Terry Moran (subscription required) to Nome on the shores of the Bering Sea, where the Iditarod dog sled race was about to end. "The last great race on Earth," Moran called it as he narrated stupendous wilderness videotape. How difficult is the Iditarod? Over the past 35 years more people have climbed Mount Everest than have completed the 1,000-mile mushing.
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