Jan 302022

Phil has a question:

Is the United States dead.

If not then why was that untalented wailer howling a funeral dirge when she butchered the US anthem at Gulfstream Park on Pegasus Day.

National Anthems

SportsNet – 32 Thoughts: Unafraid Auston Matthews takes big off-ice step

Phil has a question:

When will MLB vote Pete Rose into the hall of fame.

Sports Business Journal – Broughton – BetMGM Sportsbook opens at Nationals Park

Phil has a question:

Do you think that the Kenney government has enough foresight to put sportsbooks into the Oilers and Flames arenas.

2022 Triple Crown

2022 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 6, 2022

TDN – Derby Top 12

Bloodhorse – King – Emmanuel Leads Three Additions to Derby Dozen

Bloodhorse – King – Derby Dozen –  Which McPeek 3-Year-Old First? That is the Question

Phil has a question:

Where are the Baffert runners.

Bloodhorse – Steven Haskin – My Top 10 Racing Movies

Phil has a question:

How much do you miss Haskin’s writing.

Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders

Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby


Bloodhorse – Baffert-Trained Newgrange Remains Perfect in Southwest

TDN – Violence’s Newgrange Stays Perfect in Southwest

Bloodhorse – Newgrange Exits Southwest Well; Barber Road Eyes Derby

Paulick Report – Oaklawn – Yates – Newgrange Back To Southern California After Southwest Score

Bloodhorse – King – Corniche Galloping at WinStar Farm

Phil has a question:

When will CDI realize that their pissing contest with Baffert is hurting their own crown jewel and the thoroughbred industry as a whole.

Do you think that any of the cheese sandwich eating corporate bottom line bean counters at CDI give the slightest piece of shit about thoroughbred racing.

Happy endings are bullshit. There are only happy pauses.

Brian K. Vaughan

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Hall of Fame Comparisons

Phil has a question:

What kind of rose coloured blinkers is that lady wearing.

TDN – American Pharoah Colt Upsets Baffert Trio in San Vicente

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Forbidden Kingdom Defeats Baffert Trio in San Vicente

Groundhog Day

FiveThirtyEight – Parwani and Rogers – Groundhogs Do Not Make Good Meteorologists

Paulick Report – White Abarrio Returns To Work Tab With Holy Bull As Target

DRF – McGee – Talented trio pointing to Holy Bull

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Zandon Likely to Run in Risen Star at Fair Grounds

1994 Woodward

Gimme Shelter

TDN – Emmanuel Impresses in Tampa Two-Turn Test

Bloodhorse – Courvoisier Leads Jerome Runners Eyeing Withers Return

Bloodhorse – Early Voting, Cooke Creek on Track for Withers

Bloodhorse – Angst – Blue Grass Stakes to Return to Grade 1 Status

Paulick Report – Golden – Robert B. Lewis Stakes: O’Neill Waiting On ‘Go’ Sign For Debut Winner Happy Jack

Paulick Report – Henry – Rattle N Roll, Make It Big Top Nominees To Tampa’s First Derby Prep


Paulick Report – Lomon – Woodbine’s Five Furlongs With Gary Boulanger: That Time Clint Eastwood Called

Horse Habit TV

FiveThirtyEight – Thompson-Deveaux – Stephen Breyer Tried to Compromise On An Increasingly Uncompromising Supreme Court

Phil has a question:

Would Biden consider appointing Anita Hill.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

Muhammad Ali

1994 Travers

Radar Love

Canada’s National Observer – Lane – Andrés Jiménez Monge on finding birds and happiness

ESPN – Rogers – Nearly two months into MLB lockout, when is it time to worry about spring training and Opening Day?

The Shift: Evander Kane – Part 1

The Shift: Evander Kane – Part 2

Phil has a question:

Whatever happened to the harassment allegations that Erik Karlsson’s wife laid against Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend when both players were with the Senators.

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.

Branch Rickey

The Hockey Writers – Milani – Revisiting the Sharks’ Erik Karlsson Trade

Phil has a question:

With the drafting of Tim Stutzle how many open lengths did the Senators win that trade by.

I Can’t Dance

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

Oscar Wilde

ESPN – Evander Kane scores in debut, helps Edmonton Oilers ‘keep our foot on the gas’ in 7-2 victory

Sports Network – Engels – In a season filled with embarrassment, Canadiens somehow hit new low vs. Oilers

Phil has a question:

How many of the Kane bashing fans and media are secretly hoping for an Oilers – Sharks playoff match-up this year.

How many of the NHL marketing gurus are secretly hoping for an Oilers – Sharks playoff match-up this year.

Is Gary Bettman secretly hoping for an Oilers – Sharks playoff match-up this year or does he still have his head buried to his ass in the Arizona desert sand.

How can a fucking incompetent like Gary Bettman still keep his position when the NFL, NBA, MLB and even MLS are out marketing hockey in North America.

They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.

Casey Stengel

Hand That Feeds You

Paulick Report – Ed Maier, Canadian Thoroughbred Owner And Breeders, Passes at 71

Standardbred Canada – Walter Moroz Passes

Alberta Standardbred trainer and driver Jervis “Jerv”  Clifton passed away January 26, 2022 at 72 years old.

Take Me To The River

TSN – Westhead – Former Canadiens star Backstrom had CTE, researcher says

Garden and Gun – Gidick – Picasso Paintings Make Their First-Ever American Appearance

Phil has a question:

What makes one abstract painting better than another.

ESPN – Louis-Jacques – Brian Flores sues NFL, three teams, as former Miami Dolphins coach alleges racism in hiring practices

ESPN – Super Bowl LVI preview: Rams-Bengals predictions, picks, odds, big questions, stats to know, key matchups, more

Phil has a question:

Could this being the year of the tiger affect the wagering lines on the Superbowl.

Arkells – 2021 Grey Cup Halftime

The Ringer – Ruiz – The Rams and Bengals Are Going to the Super Bowl Because They Got the QB Question Right

Phil has a question:

Do you think the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show with too many massive egos for one stadium could hold a candle to the Arkells.

New York Post – Mushnick – Snoop Dogg performing at Super Bowl halftime show becoming even worse look

Sports Business Journal – Broncos tap Proskauer for team sale process

Calgary Herald – Belson – Alberta-raised Pat Bowlen, influential owner of Denver Broncos, dies at 75

Southern Living Magazine – Gane – Should You Use Aluminum Foil With the Shiny Side Up or Down?

Phil has a question:

Which side do you use to protect from aliens.

ESPN – Tom Brady officially announces retirement after ‘thrilling ride’ with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

TSN – ESPN – Reiss – Brady says he’s taking decision on future ‘day to day’

SportsNet – Brady on retirement: ‘When time’s right, I’ll be ready to make a decision’

Phil has a question:

How could so many scribes miss Brady’s snap count.

Day by Day

Sports Business Journal – Confusion surrounds Brady’s potential retirement

Los Angeles Times – Farmer – What we know about Tom Brady’s future amid reports about his retirement

When Tom Brady Enterprises came out with their TB12 cookbook a few years back Phil balked at dolling out $200US for a few recipes and a little bit of jargon.

Remember what Charles Barkley said:

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me…they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.

Just because you watch Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you can do the operation.

See, my hope and dream is that people have a good time watching basketball. It’s not church. It’s not serious.

ESPN – Darlington and Schefter – Tom Brady retiring after 22 seasons, seven Super Bowl wins with New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sources say

The Ringer – Heifetz – Tom Brady Vanquished Father Time

FiveThirtyEight – Hermsmeyer – Tom Brady Retires With All The Records

Sports Illustrated – Jackson – Report: Tom Brady Has Not Told Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians of Retirement Plans

CBS Sports – Sullivan – Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL after a legendary career with the Patriots and Buccaneers, per report

ESPN – Gomez – ‘He’s my Michael Jordan’ — How Tom Brady became the NFL’s first true global icon

What made him the GOAT was a trait that is just as unattainable as Patrick Mahomes’s arm or Josh Allen’s size: His ability to process time and space in an instant and react accordingly. That may sound like a skill anyone can develop through hard work and practice, but it isn’t. You could spend the next decade of your life working on your jump shot and you’d never become Steph Curry. And you’ll never become Wayne Gretzky no matter how much time you spend—ummm … I don’t really know how hockey works, to be honest with you.

An earlier version of this piece misspelled Wayne Gretzky’s last name.

The Ringer – Ruiz – Tom Brady Had His Own Superpower—and NFL Teams Have Spent 20 Years Chasing It

ESPN – Inside the amazing numbers that help define Tom Brady’s legacy

CBS Sports – Tom Brady retiring after 22 NFL seasons: A timeline of all the Buccaneers, Patriots legend’s Super Bowl wins

ESPN – Tom Brady’s Three Hall Of Fame Careers

CBS Sports – Corry – Tom Brady retires: A look at the economic ramifications for the Buccaneers and quarterback

The Ringer – Princiotti – Tom Brady Revealed a Different Side of Himself During His Tampa Bay Tenure

Sports Illustrated – McDaniel – NFL World Reacts to Reports of Tom Brady’s Retirement

ESPN – Wickersham – The limitless life of Tom Brady

Nowhere Special

ESPN – Reiss – Open letter to Tom Brady: Thank you for taking us on a magical ride

The Atlantic – Bogost – I Figured Out Wordle’s Secret

Somebody I Used To Know

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore – Where Peter Brant takes issue with current breeding practices

Global Newswire – Ontario’s New iGaming Market to Launch April 4, 2022

The Weight

Paulick Report – Willman – Joe Bravo: ‘These Horses Don’t Talk, But You Gotta Listen To ‘Em’

The Ringer – Sherman – Netflix’s New Movie Is the Key to Decoding Sean Payton’s Future

Sports Illustrated – Bechtel – Inside the Power Dynamic—and Secret Code!—That Makes the U.S. a Curling Threat

Phil has a question:

Is there a sport that’s better suited for online sports betting than curling.

Rock On

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