August 19, 2006

HOW LONG UNTIL THE YANKEES SIGN ALL THE BEST ELEPHANTS?:

What's Large, Gray and Likes to Play Polo?: U.S. Elephant Team Ready for 1st Match (Dan Zak, 8/19/06, Washington Post)

The posting on Craigslist went like this:

Join the DC Elephant Polo Team as we go to Thailand for the 2006 Kings Cup Elephant Polo Championships! . . . No previous polo experience is necessary .

Many responded. Some were curious, others incredulous. But two were willing to saddle up with intelligence analyst Kimberly Zenz, the team's 29-year-old founder and captain, and her boyfriend and sister.

In two weeks, they will journey to Hua Hin, Thailand. When the opening gong sounds, they'll find themselves playing polo on elephants for the first time.

They are the first U.S. team to enter the six-day tournament, one of three majors on the circuit. (The others are in Sri Lanka and Nepal.)

Theirs also appears to be the only organized elephant polo team in the Americas.

And last weekend, the fate of an entire hemisphere on their shoulders, the D.C. Elephant Polo Team had its first practice, running around with homemade eight-foot-long bamboo mallets in a back yard in Alexandria.

One jumbo problem: The elephants are in Asia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2006 9:38 AM
Comments

No problem. I'm sure Theo Epstein will build for the future with a handful of "talented" young elephants.

Unfortunately the elephant Craig Hansens, Homerun Becketts, and Lefty Lesters will turn out to be as useful to Epstein's polo squad as that trio has been to his baseball team.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 19, 2006 11:29 AM

You don't win with young elephants. You win when they grow up.

Posted by: oj at August 19, 2006 3:41 PM
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