As Roger Federer breezed through his first-round match at Wimbledon like it was a dress rehearsal, the result known to all before a ball had been served, it struck me how he still can be as magnificent as ever.
But then I remembered an unpalatable truth for the 30-year-old: It's been 2 1/2 long years since he won the most recent of his record 16 majors, and in that time he's only made one Grand Slam final.
It's not like Federer's fallen off the map. He's won 12 titles around the world in these 2 1/2 years, and has beaten both men above him in the world rankings, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.
But we don't really remember any of those.
We remember the big ones.
And so it is with Tiger Woods, who returns to tournament golf at this week's AT&T National after his latest major disappointment, two weeks ago at San Francisco's Olympic Club in the US Open.
Three years ago, while Woods was winning this event when it was last held at Congressional Country Club, his Swiss friend had ...