Feb 062022

ESPN – Purdum – Texas salesman ‘Mattress Mack’ places $4.5 million in bets on Cincinnati Bengals to spring Super Bowl LVI upset

Ooh Las Vegas

Phil has a question:

Why do we need Black History Month.

Is it for the same reason that Brian Flores just torched his NFL head coaching ambitions when he sued the NFL and the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New York Giants for racial discrimination.

Do you think that Joe Capp or Warren Moon would have ever played in the CFL if there was no racial discrimination in the NFL.

Squirrel Peanut Butter

Jam-Can Curling

Burning Down The House

Undefeated – Reid – Brian Flores’ lawsuit shines a brutal light on the NFL’s hiring practices

The Ringer – Jones – Brian Flores’s Lawsuit Has Brought the NFL’s Black Coaching Crisis to Its Boiling Point

Undefeated – Rhoden – Force is the only thing that NFL owners understand in the fight for racial justice

Phil respectfully disagrees with Rhoden. Money rules the NFL just like all other sports. When the NFL realized that there was money to be made with quarterbacks like Capp and Moon the colour lines for quarterbacks slowly eroded. The colour lines eroded on the playing field, but not in the corporate boardrooms.

SportsNet – Bennett – Brian Flores is forcing NFL to confront what employment racism looks like

Sports Business Journal – Brian Flores lawsuit: Renewed spotlight put on NFL’s diversity hiring

FiveThirtyEight – Bacon Jr. and Paine – A 5-Part Plan To Fix The NFL’s Coaching Diversity Problem

If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better.

Johan Cruyff

Dancing in the Dark

ESPN – Fowler – Roger Goodell: Results of NFL’s coaching diversity efforts ‘unacceptable’

Phil has a question:

Is Goodell more displeased that the NFL teams have failed to embrace diversity in their coaching ranks or that Flores pointed out that Goodell has done sweet fuck all to ensure that NFL teams embrace diversity in their coaching ranks.

Without Flores action how many more years of Goodell’s inaction would the NFL have embraced.

Which of Flores’ accusations will Goodell investigate first – racial discrimination, deliberate tanking or tampering.

Which of Flores’ accusations will receive the most severe penalty – racial discrimination, deliberate tanking or tampering.

Is there a rug big enough for everything to be swept under.

Is Roger Goodell’s favourite colour whitewash.

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?

Kurt Vonnegut

TSN – AP – Pro Bowl players echo concerns brought by Flores’ discrimination lawsuit

Sports Illustrated – Breer – The NFL’s Problems With Diversity Stem From the Owners

The Atlantic – Serwer  – Whoopi Goldberg’s American Idea of Race

The Daily Mail UK – Stevens – How the Nazis burned the book behind Bambi: Classic was banished because its Jewish author used it to predict the Holocaust… with cruel brownshirts as the hunters

The New Yorker – Schulz – “Bambi” Is Even Bleaker Than You Thought

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Joseph Brodsky or Ray Bradbury

and if you wait a while Taylor Swift or Kanye West will be passing it off as theirs.

And yes Phil does think that Taylor Swift writes her own bubblegum drivel.

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.

Frank Zappa

CBC – Derworiz – ‘One of the biggest Black settlements in Western Canada’ has a rich history

Bloodhorse – 312 Horses Early Nominations to 2022 Triple Crown

Apprehend owned by Peter Redekop B C Ltd by Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) out of Hero’s Amor (Street Hero) is nominated.

Hero’s Amor was a many time Stakes winner that was raced by Elevated Bloodstock.

February 12, 2022 3 year old Stakes

El Camino Real Derby   Golden Gate Fields        1 1/8 Miles

Sam F. Davis S GIII        Tampa Bay Downs        1 1/16 Miles

Bloodhorse – King – Classic Causeway Leads Large Sam F. Davis Field

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – Derby preps: What styles win Sam F. Davis, El Camino Real?

Paulick Report – Dinerman – Pharoah Colt MacKinnon Tops 11-Strong Field For El Camino Real Derby

Paulick Report – Starr – Equibase Analysis: God Of Love Poised To Upset Sam F. Davis

Paulick Report – Howling Time, Classic Causeway Lead Big Field For Sam F. Davis At Tampa Bay Downs

2022 Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – 2022 Triple Crown Nominations

2022 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 6, 2022

TDN – Derby Top 12

Bloodhorse – King –  Florida Horses White Hot in Derby Dozen Rankings

Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders

Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby

Preakness 147

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

TDN – Bill Finley – Pletcher Lays Out Plans For Top 3-Year-Olds

TDN – Smile Happy, White Abarrio Top Individual Choices in Derby Future Wager Pool 3

Phil has a question:

Without Baffert’s horses how much of a joke is the Derby Future Wager.

Paulick Report – Henry – Tampa Bay Downs Expecting Full Field For Derby Prep Sam F. Davis

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: Some Good News for a Change

TDN – Race Day Colt All Alone in Holy Bull

Bloodhorse – King – White Abarrio Defeats Simplification in Holy Bull

Paulick Report – White Abarrio Pulls Off 6-1 Upset In Holy Bull

Another Shade of Grey

Bloodhorse – White Abarrio Likely to Run Next in Florida Derby

TDN – Gun Runner Colt Takes it to Them ‘Early’ in Withers

Paulick Report – Early Voting Never Challenged In Aqueduct’s Withers

Bloodhorse – Early Voting Exits Withers Victory in Good Order

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Messier Much the Best in Robert B. Lewis Romp

TDN – Messier Bounces Back and Blows Them Away in Bob Lewis

Brisnet – Johnson – Messier in league of his own in Robert B. Lewis

Phil has a question:

Did Messier just make the CDI – Baffert Kentucky Derby squabble messier.

Will the Stronach group offer the Baffert horses a shot at a bonus if they win the Florida Derby or the Santa Anita Derby or a special pre-Preakness stake and then win the Preakness.

TDN – Medaglia d’Oro Colt Gets Out in Time to Take Kitten’s Joy

Bloodhorse – Grand Sonata Finds Seam, Up in Time in Kitten’s Joy

TDN – Into Mischief Colt Takes Swale

TDN – Nyquist’s Nitrous Channel Impressive On Debut

Bloodhorse – Rollins – In Due Time Rolls in Gulfstream Park Allowance

TDN – Not This Time Colt Super Impressive at Gulfstream

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Girl With a Dream Holds Off Radio Days in Forward Gal

TDN – Another Step ‘Forward’ for Practical Joke Filly

TDN – Carasso – Opalina Gives Optimizer a First Stakes Winner in Sweetest Chant

TDN – Uncle Mo Filly All Alone in Las Virgenes

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Hot Rod Charlie Hits on All Cylinders in Dubai


Bat Outta Hell

Racing Post – Bill Barber – Jockey Club accused of undermining racing after signing casino deal

Paulick Report – Cohen: Harness Racing Is Trying To Ignore Biggest Scandal (Yet) Of The Year

Times Union – Munson – N.Y. lab losing battle of doping in horse racing’s ‘cat and mouse game’

Garden and Gun – Nickens – Bonefish on Drugs

Phil has a question:

Does Baffert know about this excuse.

Will Baffert start exercising his horses in the ocean near the mouths of rivers.

Will Baffert claim his horses ingested tainted seaweed.

The Pusher

Phil has a question:

How many medical doctors carry on their practices just like Fishman

Bloodhorse – Downey – Hollendorfer, Stronach Group Poised to Battle in Court

Bloodhorse – King – Baffert Duo of Messier, Wharton Lead Five-Horse Lewis

Happy Jack

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Meet the ex-Henry Cecil apprentice who is a key figure in Life Is Good’s rise to fame

TDN – Napravnik To Spearhead ‘New Vocations Day at the Races’

With Jockey, you’re telling the story of both a disappearing world and a harsh subculture. What attracts you to these sorts of stories?

I think it’s just that old saw of writing what you know. I grew up in these kinds of worlds with these kinds of people—working people who live in a harsh world and yet never lack for humor or love or optimism. It’s a life I hope to get to keep exploring onscreen and through stories.

Garden and Gun – Powell – Get to Know Jockey Director—and Florida Native—Clint Bentley

Phil has a question:

How terrifying for thoroughbred racing is the fact that the interviewer and interviewee both treat thoroughbred racing as a disappearing world.

The Bitter Southerner – Hanson – The Last Oyster Tongers of Apalachicola

Al Jazeera – Nolan – On the trail of a pirate

Canada’s National Observer – Boffrey – Swedish firm calling in the crows for garbage patrol

Phil has a solution that would also help the homeless problem. Five cent deposit on cigarette filters, three cents for returned and two cents for administration.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Ten European-trained horses who won the hearts of American racefans

Canada’s National Observer – Bulowski – Conservatives dispense with Erin O’Toole leadership in speedy, brutal ouster

The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.


and if you wait a while Taylor Swift or Kanye West will be passing it off as theirs.

Phil has a question:

Will the PC leader’s mantra now be – Beware the day of the groundhog.

Why is 99.9% of the Canadian media pussyfooting around an event that Natasha aptly describes as speedy and brutal.

I Got You Babe

Et Tu, Brute


Sports Business Journal – Hail, Caesars: Sportsbook uses previous lessons to charge to the top of a massive N.Y. online betting launch

National Post – Manitoba MP Candice Bergen chosen as interim Conservative leader

Phil has a question:

Was it her Murphy Brown experience that got her the job.

National Post – CP – Candice Bergen sweeps away Erin O’Toole’s parliamentary leadership team

The Globe and Mail – Canada needs a progressive Conservative party. After this week, don’t hold your breath

CBC News – French – Some Edmonton conservatives want a CPC leader with broad Canadian appeal

Let me tell you the whole truth: if ever Fascism should come to America, it will come in the name of ‘freedom.’

Thomas Mann

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Is Tom Brady The GOATiest Of All The GOATs?

What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster.

Johan Cruyff

The Ringer – Phillips – The Two Sides of Tom Brady

The Ringer – Sherman – How Long Could Tom Brady Really Have Kept Playing?

Sports Illustrated – Tom Brady Retirement Commemorative

In The Air Tonight

Phil has a question:

Is there anyone who has never air drummed to that song while driving down the highway.

If you’re driving have you ever sped up to hasten the appearance of the drums.

How do some songs invade your accelerator and sped your vehicle up when you turn up the volume.

I have only one eye. Do you want me to look at the road or the at the speedometer.

Moshe Dayan

‘They’re playing hard for J.B. … If a team plays hard, generally it means a coach is making an impact and making a connection with that group.’

Undefeated – J.B. Bickerstaff finding his groove with surprising Cavaliers

Phil has a question:

Is that the difference in the play between the Flames and Oilers this year.

The Guardian – Stuart – Will Wordle still be free after the New York Times buyout?

Get Off My Cloud


Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: An Aussie Perspective On Being An American Racing Fan

ESPN – Gonzalez – Source: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer won’t face criminal charges stemming from allegations of sexual assault

The Ringer – Heifetz – The 2022 NFL Quarterback Commitment Index

Sunday Morning Sidewalk

Southern Living – Locker – Six Companions You Should Never Plant with Tomatoes (and Four You Should)

Oneida – The Legend of The Three Sisters

Our State – Castle – Supper with Three Sisters

Esquire – Thomson – Michael Corleone, Role Model


To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.

Norman Mailer

Sportsnet – Bettman says Coyotes’ ASU plan is acceptable if new building gets commitment

Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!

Golda Meir

TSN – Bettman addresses controversial comments made by Blackhawks owner

Southern Living – Wu – 21 Valentine’s Day Desserts Where Chocolate Isn’t the Star

The Undefeated – Maraniss – Jesse Owens vs. Hitler wasn’t the only story at the 1936 Olympics

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

ESPN – Trotter – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fires back: Hue Jackson ‘never accepted blame’ for losing

ESPN – Trotter – Ex-Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson says he wasn’t directly paid to lose, but evidence of team’s intent to lose “will come”

The Ringer – Heifetz – The Pilot Flying J Fraud Scandal Hasn’t Touched Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam

Phil has a question:

Would you believe anything that a cheating scumbag like Jimmy Haslam says.

Will Haslam use the same approach that worked for him in the discount scam – “I see Nothing.”

Have they found Jimmy Hoffa yet.

Is whitewash Roger Goodell’s favourite colour.

Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.

Tom Sawyer to Huck Finn

Black is Black

Sports Illustrated – Coleman – Congress Questions Independence of NFL’s Investigation of Alleged Workplace Misconduct at Washington

Variety – Shanfield – Machine Gun Kelly Changes Upcoming Album Title After Tattooing Its Original Name on Arm

Bloody Valentine

Phil M Stockmen

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