Sport: A Marred Day

More death at Indianapolis

"Marred" is the handy word regularly inserted in the second sentence of news reports after the race driver wins his race or loses it or qualifies for it in record time. "The day was marred . . ." Not ruined completely, just slightly marred, as our small pleasures are forever being slightly marred. Gordon Smiley was slightly marred at Indianapolis two weekends ago, just as Gilles Villeneuve had been in Belgium the week before that. They are dead, of course.

Who has died is always news, but death in auto racing...

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