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Vanity, Thy Name Is Dog

This is all rather embarrassing, if you must know. On Feb. 10, while the elite of the sporting press is enjoying the Winter Olympics in Albertville, covering the Mike Tyson rape trial in Indianapolis, or tapping out their last reflections on the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, I'm bumbling around Madison Square Garden gaping at dogs.

What's that? I don't have the background to mill around with the big shots in the Haut-Savoie? Well, if it's any consolation, I'm equally unqualified to cover the Westminster Kennel Club's 116th annual dog show. But, hey, I'm here to learn, so let's get started.