Feb 112022

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – If we don’t clean up our act, we won’t have a sport

Washington Post – Garcia-Roberts – With private eyes and political muscle, horse racing’s elite pushed to punish dopers

Phil has a question:

Is horse racing holding the cheating trainers to a higher standard than the owners who hired the cheating trainers.

Paulick Report – Spence – Guest Viewpoint: Industry Unity Not Likely Without Change In Structure

Bloodhorse – Smile Happy Closes at 8-1 in Derby Future Wager Pool 3

Bloodhorse – Gander Winner Barese Possible for Wood Memorial

2022 Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – 2022 Triple Crown Nominations

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 won many Stakes in western Canada for her breeder and owner Elevated Bloodstock.

2022 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 6, 2022

TDN – Derby Top 12

Bloodhorse – King –  Classic Causeway Climbs Five Spots in ‘Dozen Rankings

Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders

Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby

Preakness 147

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival



Bloodhorse – Classic Causeway Likely to Return in Tampa Bay Derby

Paulick Report – Henry – Top Two In Sam F. Davis Expected To Return In Tampa Bay Derby

Bloodhorse – King – Classic Causeway Victorious in Sam F. Davis Return

TDN – Classic Causeway All the Way in Sam F. Davis

Paulick Report – Classic Causeway Handles Pace Pressure, Bursts Clear In Sam F. Davis

DRF – Privman – Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: Sam F. Davis Stakes analysis

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Blackadder Edges Mackinnon in El Camino Real Derby

Phil has a question:

Will CDI’s spat with Baffert benefit the Preakness and Belmont fields.

DRF – Privman – Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: El Camino Real Derby analysis


Paulick Report – Yates – Reylu Gutierrez To Regain Mount On Barber Road For Oaklawn’s Rebel

Bloodhorse – King and Rollins – Nest Outclasses Rivals in Suncoast Romp

TDN – Nest Takes Off with Suncoast Victory

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

Paulick Report – Pletcher Plans: Mo Donegal Could Target Wood Memorial, Emmanuel To Fountain Of Youth

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.


Horse Racing Nation – Islanders’ new arena cuts capacity for 2022 Belmont Stakes

Man Who Sold the World

And in breaking news from the 2021 Kentucky Derby:

Bloodhorse – Bill Finley – Baffert Legal Team Optimistic After KHRC Hearing

Bloodhorse – Report: Medina Spirit Stewards’ Hearing Pushed Back

TDN – Thornton – Medina Spirit’s Derby Drug Positive Hearing Reportedly Postponed

Paulick Report – Report: No Timeframe Yet On Stewards’ Decision In Medina Spirit Derby Case

Bloodhorse – Kinchen Suspended From NHC Tour for Two Years

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Scrubs or silks? Ferrin Peterson is enjoying the best of both worlds in the bluegrass state

Sports Illustrated – Wertheim – ‘The Melody Is the Game’: Al Michaels Still Loves the Booth

Los Angeles Times – Potts, Saldivar and Chen – Our reporter attempts the NFL Experience… and fails miserably

Head On

Sports Business Journal – Madkour – Forum: Executive shake-ups illustrate owners’ urgency

There’s no such thing as good money or bad money. There’s just money.

Lucky Luciano

Phil’s Valentine’s Day Drink and a Flick

Chocolate Cake

Some Like It Hot

My Funny Valentine

Epicurious – Plain Popcorn

The Candy Store – The Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy By State

Southern Living – Valentine’s Day Poems and Romantic Poems About Love

Arm in Arm

Town and Country – Hubbard and Dangremond – The 12 Top Wines for Valentine’s Day

Silverlake Wine

Wine Label Red Flags

Time After Time

Tasting Table – 21 Best Valentine’s Day Chocolates Ranked

Thrillist – Sager – 8 Wines to Pair with Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Bloody Valentine

BBC – Ghosh – Paralysed man with severed spine walks thanks to implant

Guitar World – Maxwell – Social Distortion’s Mike Ness teams up with Gibson to create new signature 1976 Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop guitar

Phil has a question:

How many guitar players know the difference between 4/4, 3/4 and Mars.

Does a $9kUS guitar make a guitar player sound better.

Ring of Fire

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The Spruce Eats – Alfaro – What Is the Cajun Trinity?

Have You Ever Seen The Rain

The Ringer – Surrey – Death on the Disney Vine

Sports Business Journal – NASCAR’s Clash garners widespread praise, excitement for future

Phil has a question:

How many Centuries behind is thoroughbred marketing in Alberta.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Never mistake activity for achievement.

John Wooden

ESPN – Wyshynski – Arizona Coyotes to temporarily play at Arizona State arena starting in 2022-23 season

When I started the Kings, I was told there were a quarter-million ex-Canadians in L.A. Now I know why they left Canada. They hate hockey.

Jack Kent Cooke

Phil has a question:

Is there a bigger joke in professional sports than Gary Bettman.

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

Los Angeles Times – Gerber – ‘How far does consent go?’ Legal experts consider the decision not to charge Trevor Bauer

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: Dodgers must make it clear Trevor Bauer will never pitch for them again

Phil has a question:

Is Plaschke saying that the players should be held to higher standards than the owners.

ESPN – Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder hires firm to investigate allegations of sexual harassment

ESPN – Keim – NFL says league, not Washington Commanders, will oversee investigation into Dan Snyder allegation

ESPN – Seifert – Commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL ‘fell short’ in hiring of minority head coaches

Sports Business Journal – NFL hiring questions dominates State of the League

Goodell’s favourite colour may be whitewash, he knows how to use it and he understands damage control. Unlike the Blackhawks’ Wirtz Goodell anticipates the areas of contention that the media scribes hope to hammer him on, controls the information tightly or lies about it and controls the conversations on the contentious areas in his main speech deflating the scribes efforts to dig out more controversial dirt.

Hardest Button to Button

Phil has a question:

What is the hardest button to button.

The Sound of Silence

For The Win – Curtis – Ranking the 9 new NFL head coaches: Who made the best hire?

Phil has a question:

Would you have your NFL team coached by a person called Lovie.

After preening that beard how much time does Lovie have to devote to coaching.

Why do you think that Bill Belichek often looks like he slept in his clothes.

The Ringer – Devine – 2022 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

The Ringer – Kram – The Harden-for-Simmons Blockbuster Raises a Whole New Set of Questions

Paste – Ryan – Ranking the Letters of the Alphabet, From Lamest to Coolest

Hey Ma Petit Fille

Deseret – Toone – How will the new ‘Reacher’ series differ from the movies? Just look at the hulking hero

Los Angeles Times – Whipp – Oscar nominations 2022: Complete predictions in all 23 categories

Variety – Lang, Moreau and Grantham-Phillips – Oscar Nominations 2022: ‘Power of the Dog’ Leads With 12 Nods, ‘Dune’ Follows With 10 (Full List)

The Ringer – Gruttardo and Jenkins – The Winners and Losers of the 2022 Oscar Nominations

Los Angeles Times – Whipp – Oscar nominations 2022: All the snubs and surprises

Los Angeles Times – Klein – Rams rally to win Super Bowl

ESPN – Barnwell – How the Rams came back to beat the Bengals in the Super Bowl: A defensive adjustment, inevitable Cooper Kupp and star performances

Sportsnet – Bennett – Super Bowl LVI: A comprehensive ranking of the best commercials

TVLine – Schwartz – Super Bowl: Best & Worst Commercials

Arkells – 108th Grey Cup Halftime Show

Phil has a question:

Who would be in the half time show if the Buffalo Bills made the Super Bowl.

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

TSN – ESPN – Purdum – Super Bowl LVI expected to be most heavily bet game ever

The Ringer – Siegel – When ‘The Simpsons’ Bet Big on the Super Bowl

Phil has a question:

Is the Super Bowl a football game or a spectacle.

How many sports betters know the difference between 6, 6 1/2 and Dukes.

If you must order delivery pizza for Super Bowl LVI do yourself and your partiers a favour, break the chain and order from your local ma and pa that has their own driver or drivers instead of the gouging Uber, Doordash, Skip the Dishes or other Barf Bag delivery disservices that deliver for the ubiquitous tasteless chains that up-charge you for a dipping sauce to make their pizza almost palatable.

No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.

Michael Ende

The Ringer – Harvilla – ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: Chuck Klosterman, Alice in Chains, and Grunge

Pizza Dude

Ramona’s Pizza

Pizzeria Libretto


Jasper Pizza

Tiger Wood Fire Pizza

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

Chain of Fools

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


If you’re thinking of serving frozen pizza on Super Bowl Sunday, don’t think of it or serve it.

ESPN – Fowler – Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow ‘won team over’ during meeting on racial injustice in 2020, former staffer says

National Post – Raymond J. de Souza: In Sunday’s Super Bowl, all roads lead back to Cleveland

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.

Marcus Aurelius

Signed, Sealed Delivered

Sports Illustrated – Nashawaty – The Long, Strange Relationship Between the Super Bowl and Hollywood

Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really droppped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically — any way you want to look at it — everbody in L.A. keeps a bag packed. Just in case.

Michael Connelly

LA Woman

ESPN – The history of the Super Bowl in Los Angeles: Starting a tradition, one perfect season and dynasties in action

When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.

Neil Simon

Tiny Dancer

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Rams Or Bengals? Our Guide To Super Bowl LVI.

Beverly Hills

BETFTW – D-Andrea – Drake laid a $1.25 million Super Bowl curse by betting on the Rams and Odell Beckham

ESPN – Purdum – Businessman Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale places $5 million bet on Bengals to win Super Bowl LVI

Phil has a question:

How many Centuries behind is thoroughbred marketing in Alberta.

Los Angeles Times – Klein – Rams eager to ‘finish this deal’ and win Super Bowl on home turf vs. Bengals

The Ringer – Jones – The Rams’ Other Guys Are the Key to the Team’s Super Bowl Run

Los Angeles Times – Column: This Super Bowl prediction is Plaschke-proof: Rams will dominate Bengals

The Ringer – Solak and Ruiz – The Game Plans That Could Decide the Super Bowl

The Ringer – Ruiz – How the Jalen Ramsey–Ja’Marr Chase Battle Could Shape the Outcome of the Super Bowl

FiveThirtyEight – Hersmeyer – Cooper Kupp And Ja’Marr Chase Put On Shows This Year. Who Has The Edge In The Super Bowl?

The Ringer – Princiotti – Von Miller Is More Than Just Happy to Be Here

Twist N Shout

Do you know people who insist they like ‘all kinds of music’? That actually means they like no kinds of music.

Chuck Klosterman

ESPN – Barron – Super Bowl 2022 — From Joe Burrow to Joe Brrr, the Cincinnati Bengals QB gets the people going

The Globe and Mail – Wheeler – Howard Hesseman’s WKRP character Dr. Johnny Fever moved the dial

NFL – Ways To Watch Super Bowl LVI

Rolling Stone – Chan – Super Bowl 2022 Live Stream: How to Watch Super Bowl LVI Online

Phil’s Ways to Watch Super Bowl LVI and any other sporting event

Sound off – Good Tunes playing

Good Beer, Wine or Bourbon

Good Pizza from a local ma and pa or Phil’s oven

Good Book or magazine

Keep a peripheral eye on screen for cheering action and then watch 2 or 3 of the 89 or 99 replays they show.

Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.

Johan Cruyff

Leather Jacket

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Matthew Stafford Gave The Rams A Shot At A Title. The Rams Gave Stafford A Shot At Canton.

The Ringer – Clark – The Bengals Rebuild Will Be the Envy of the NFL. How Replicable Is It?

Taste – Turkell – The At-Home Pizza Revolution Is Here

30 Best Super Bowl Snacks

USA Today – Hafner – The worst Super Bowl foods you can eat? Go for it, dietitians say. Just this once.

Delish – Flager and Villarosa – 83 Super Bowl Party Foods That Are Better Than A Touchdown

The Pioneer Woman – Cavoto – 85 Best Super Bowl Recipes That Are Worthy of a Touchdown Dance

Epicurious – 107 Super Bowl Recipes for the Best Game Day Ever

Epicurious – Plain Popcorn

Bon Appetit – The 20 Recipes BA Readers Love the Most

The Pioneer Woman – Kastner – 6 Spreads to Elevate Your Sandwich

Bon Appetit – Lahey – No-Knead Pizza Dough

Giadzy – DiLaurentiis – Football Pizza

How to Pour a Perfect Beer

How to Pour a Beer

Mini Football Pizzas

Los Angeles Times – Why SoFi Stadium may have the best cheap seats in football

KTLA – Super Bowl LVI is at SoFi Stadium, but what exactly is SoFi?

SoFi – Tours

Phil has a question:

How many Centuries behind is thoroughbred marketing in Alberta.

Sometime Around Midnight

Never mistake activity for achievement.

John Wooden

Los Angeles Times – Ballinger – Curious about SoFi Stadium? Some key questions, answered

Hotel California

Sports Illustrated – Gonzalez – SoFi Stadium Went Up—and Then Everything Changed

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Hollywood Park Grandstand Demolished

Los Angeles Review of Books – Asselin – Say Goodbye to Hollywood Park: Photographing the Twilight of a Racetrack

Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park


And while Phil’s off on his Super Bowl CoTangent Bud may have the most sentimental tear-jerker commercials, but ditch their beer and try some local craft beer this year.

No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.

Michael Ende

A Red International Pickup Truck by TheMan268.deviantart.com | Pickup trucks, International pickup truck, Vintage pickup trucks

If you didn’t see that one coming don’t even waste your time reading any further.


Global News – Robb – A brief history of the Molson Pilsner: Not a Saskatchewan beer, but a Lethbridge beer

Ribstone Creek Brewery

Life is rarely about what happened; it’s mostly about what we think happened.

Chuck Klosterman

Man On The Moon

Phil M Stockmen

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.