First up Maria Sharapova played and won her fast match since her 15 month suspension. The French Open is in May but there is confusion over her wild card status and she may have to qualify like a scrub. Her foes are clearly jealous of her and would like nothing more to see her play qualifying matches. Her drug case was sketchy but for some real perspective the Pirates Sterling Marte was suspended for 80 games which amounts to one half a season. Maria nearly served for a year and a half. ESPN has their share of caste tennis announcers like Rick Fowler, yet others are not so caste but they send people over for the slams and give it some push. Meanwhile back at headquarters tennis at ESPN is nothing more than a minor side show. And by sealing up contracts for Wimbledon and The US Open and pulling them away from broadcast stations NBC and CBS, ESPN inadvertently (or perhaps by design) hurt the general tennis viewing audience since not everyone has cable. And with these layoffs which seemed designed to funnel most of ESPN's energy into football and basketball sports that are more white centric like tennis and hockey are getting the real short end of the stick and how. This is what happens when the caste haze dominates and gathers over sports.