Well, can it? I've pretty much settled that this will be my next purchase to handle "long reach" for my kit. I regularly find myself wanting a little more reach for the zoo and backyard birds, even when using my wife's older 70-300. The 80-400 seems to me like it will fill that slot in my kit nicely. But as I've been reading and reading there seems to be much debate as to whether or not it can perform for sports. Obviously the focus speed is the issue here (I think). What can folks offer about their experiences with this lens on a D200 body for sports? Mostly kids sports. I figure by the time my daughter gets old enough that she is really running around with sports (which since she is just over a month old will be a LONG time) I'll be able to afford something like my dream 200-400 or whatever other new piece of glass Nikon creates by that time. So what would be the general consensus on the sports aspect? Oh, and I've read that just like with other lenses there can be a little learning curve with this one. Is this due to the VR?