After last April’s race at Talladega, in which several cars got upside down, I quoted Chris Buescher about the sensation, and referred to him as “a 24-year-old Texan, hoping to make his name in NASCAR racing. … He’s more anonymous than a chat-room troll.”

Professional sports’ all-star games bear only slight resemblance to their regular-season cousins. There’s no blitzing in the Pro Bowl. The NHL went to four-on-four skating this year. The last time anybody played defense in an NBA All-Star Game, they were in short-shorts and knee socks.

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