Mar 182018


Sacre Bleu


Sal says that Sal may have misconstrued all this talk about famous curses.

I don’t know anyone who curses the way they do on the Sopranos. Not in an Italian household. I never said the word hell in front of my mother.

Danny Aiello


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Never Been To Spain

NY Times – Tracy – Virginia Loses in a Way No One Will Ever Forget

Sal says it had to be kanine karma that an underdog with the moniker Retrievers would crush the curse of the 16th seed.

Black Dog

NY Times – Green – Cinderella Story? It’s True for U.M.B.C. in Academics, Too

ESPN – McGee – UMBC’s brief, but unforgettable, moment in the spotlight comes to an end

Dog Days Are Over

Sal says that you should have known that one was coming.

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.
Ezra Taft Benson

NY Times – Mather and Schreiber – Chicago Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring, Bejeweling an Infamous Hand

Twist and Shout

CNN – Sanchez – What is the Chicago Cubs’ billy goat curse?

Dancin With Mr D

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
Saint Basil

NY Daily Post – McCarron – Red Sox conquer the Curse of the Bambino, sweeping Cardinals in 2004 for first World Series since 1918

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

Babe Ruth


I’ve said this before: a homeless guy in Detroit has more mojo than a millionaire in Jacksonville.
Shahid Khan

No horse has won the Kentucky Derby without having started as a 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882. As in it’s been 136 years since the feat has been accomplished. (Do you believe in omens? It has been 136 years since Apollo and it was the 136th game played between a No. 16 and No. 1 where UMBC pulled off the shocking upset). When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, it is the one “rule” that has stood up year after year, decade after decade. This year, it may get its stiffest test ever.

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: Will the Curse of Apollo Finally Fall?

Bloodhorse – Alicia Wincze Hughes – Magnum Moon Shines Brightest in Rebel Stakes

TDN – Magnum Moon Out of This World in Rebel

Bloodhorse – Justify Tops Individual Choices in Derby Future Wager

TDN – Justify Romps Again, Sets Sights on Derby

Brisnet – de Rosa – Magnum Moon Another Assault on Apollo Curse

Rock in the mainstream culture has lost a lot of its mojo.
Billy Corgan


With so many scribes writing about the 2018 Kentucky Derby being the one that could possibly vanquish the curse of Apollo Sal says  that they may have just invoked the sportswriters curse of commenting that the pitcher is just 3 outs away from a no hitter.

I think I believe a little bit in the power of people to really cast a bad energy on you if they want to. If the bad mojo wants to come your way, look out.

A memorial service for Bob Butz will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home – 16204 Fort Rd., Edmonton, AB on Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. with interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m.

Robert Bob Butz

Horse Race Insider – Pricci –  Would-Be Derby Legends, Beware the Ides of April

As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.
Julius Caesar

Man on the Moon

Discover Westman – Lamb – Harness Racers Hope To Stay On Track As Province Reviews Horse Racing Industry

Sal says that it’s high time for an INDEPENDENT review of the horse racing industry in Alberta.

Maybe the independent reviewers could figure out what the Undertaker does for the money he’s paid.

Burning Down The House

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Could 2018 be the Year?”


    Will Tenile HRA CEO be leaving her job after a 10 year tenure on July 1, 2018. With the new conflict of interest laws stating a government employee cannot work for a company for 5 years if they had dealings with them (CENTURY CASINOS) will this impact golden handshake #3 for her (government severance, $260 k a year HRA CEO, and the rumoured consultant/board job )with CENTURY.

    CENTURY CASINO has not been updating the construction progress of the CENTURY MILE via social media or is the ground not thawed enough to provided information for the stakeholders???

    Will the Undertaker post the CEO vacancy on Horse racing Alberta as soon as it is open or will he try and hide it like he did with the Chair posting.

    The loss of 400k in purse/breeder revenue in 2018, how will that impact horse racing.

    Former Northlands park director CHRIS MERRILL ROBERTS cashes in this stock compensation for a total of $6 million pesos, will he be throwing his hat in the ring for the HRA CEO vacancy when it gets posted???

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