Dorothy Hamill, who looked like an early favorite to go far in the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars," withdrew Tuesday -- and in the process explained her more or less poor showing to date.
Not only had she been bedevilled by a bad ankle, but a bad back, as she said last night. Withdrawals are not unheard of here, of course. Misty May-Treanor withdrew back in '08, for example (she had ruptured her achilles). So these things happen, and it's too bad, and all that -- but still, a surprise. Atheletes have a way of dealing with pain and joint stress -- but aging ones less so. If you want to see her dramatic resignation speech from last night -- and haven't already, go here.