Black History Month
Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett – We’re in a disinformation war with Russia – so far they’re winning
Mental Floss – Jacobs – Edgar Allan Poe’s Cipher Challenge
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.
Forbes – Price – Woodford Reserve Debuts Its 2022 Kentucky Derby Bottles
The Ringer – Sherman – 26 Questions About Calvin Ridley’s Suspension for Betting on the NFL
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.
Sports Business Journal – NFL system did its job catching Ridley’s bets, but penalty is questioned
Texas Monthly – Justice – How Baylor Great Brittney Griner Became a Political Prisoner in Russia
The Intelligencer – Leitch – Why Isn’t Brittney Griner the Biggest Sports Story in the Country?
Black Magic Woman
TSN – Westhead – Some Russian NHLers considering options as U.S., Canada expand sanctions
Phil has a question:
How about a one time fee for immigration status of say $500k per person.
How about the NHL not honouring Russian teams KHL contracts and bringing the free agents to North America.
How about getting rid of Gary Bettman and hiring a Commissioner who’s ready to move into the 20th Century.
While we’re on the topic Phil thinks that the Russian teams should be allowed to compete in this summer’s world Juniors in Edmonton and Red Deer and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer. Have the Ukrainian national anthem blared before each game. Put the Russian teams in a hotel close to the Legislature and allow peaceful anti-war demonstrations (Phil’s not one of those emoji guys, but if he was he’d insert the tongue in cheek here). Make sure the towels in the hotel rooms are blue and yellow. Have the staff in the hotel dress up in blue and yellow. The truckers could also honk a few times as they pass the Hotels on their way to the Legislature, preferably at about 2:30 AM.
Light up all the buildings in Edmonton in blue and yellow. Have the fans show up in blue and yellow. Mind you the Swedish teams may think they landed in hockey Nirvana.
When the Russian teams are leaving be sure their luggage is searched with a fine toothed PED sniffing Ukrainian wolfhound and detain a couple of their stars the same way the Russians made Griner a political prisoner.
Come as You Are
Ukrainian Internment in Canada
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – On The State of The Game
The Ringer – Shoemaker – Scott Hall Understood the Soul of Wrestling Fans
2022 Triple Crown
Bloodhorse – 2022 Triple Crown Nominations
Past The Wire – Stettin – Is the Kentucky Derby a Grade 1 race this year or next?
So many times I remember getting teary-eyed singing along with “My Old Kentucky Home” on Derby Day. The historian Ira Berlin wrote that “Memories … do not evoke skepticism … they demand loyalty.” But we must question them. I love so much about the Derby: the excitement of the parties, placing bets, and those tremendous, gleaming horses. When I learned that “My Old Kentucky Home” was about slavery, I was embarrassed and confused. This book came from digging into the life story of my state anthem, asking how and why we celebrate a song about the selling of human beings. Traditions are about more than inertia. They often involve profit and a kind of emotional power. I have come to believe that this sonic monument provides, for some of us, an almost tribal sense of wellbeing before the horses take off in the longest continuously held sporting event in the nation. I wish Churchill Downs would choose another sound to accompany the horses’ parade to the post; I think I know why they cling so hard.
Paulick Report – ‘An Antidote To A Contorted Picture Of The Past’: Examining The Legacy Of ‘My Old Kentucky Home’
Paulick Report – View From The Eighth Pole: Another Kentucky Derby Asterisk?
2022 Kentucky Derby
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Bloodhorse – Champion Echo Zulu Tops 103 Kentucky Oaks Nominations
2022 Kentucky Oaks
Friday, May 6, 2022
TDN – Bill Finley – TDN Kentucky Oaks Top 10 for March 3
TDN – Thornton – Derby Top 12 For March 8
Bloodhorse – King – Derby Dozen: Classic Causeway Makes Noise in Quiet Week
DRF – Derby Watch
Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders
Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby
Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Florida, Fillies Highlight Latest Shifts
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: Rillito Racetrack Setting Stage For Accountability Standards
Bloodhorse – King – Protections for Bettors Discussed at CHRB Meeting
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – JOCKEYS AND RACING OFFICIALS MAKING HEADLINES IN 2022: MAXIMUM OBSCURITY
Bloodhorse – Secret Oath Sizzles in Five-Furlong Breeze
Paulick Report – Rebel Winner Un Ojo Will Return In Arkansas Derby
Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Cox Pins Kentucky Derby Hopes on Cyberknife, Zozos
Paulick Report – ‘A Challenging Horse Mentally,’ Cyberknife Preparing For Arkansas Derby
Paulick Report – Louisiana Derby: Rattle N Roll Should Appreciate Extra Distance Despite Three-Week Turnaround
Brisnet – Johnson – Smile Happy, Echo Zulu favored in Kentucky Derby, Oaks future wagers
TDN – Thornton – The Week in Review: Classic Causeway Visually Impressive, but Still Light on Key Metrics
Horse Racing Nation – Macatangay – What we learned: Classic Causeway earns low speed figure
When I first started racing, my father said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”
Paulick Report – Classic Causeway Bound For Blue Grass
Paulick Report – Yates – Secret Oath Points To Arkansas Derby, ‘Ethereal’ To Blue Grass
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Japan sends biggest-ever team to Dubai with 23 runners on World Cup card
TDN – Festival Day Sets Handle Record at Tampa
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – ALL THE WAY IN TAMPA BAY
TDN – Classic Causeway Never Looks Back in Tampa Bay Derby
Bloodhorse – King – Classic Causeway Leads Throughout in Tampa Bay Derby
Brisnet – Classic Causeway cruises in Tampa Bay Derby
Paulick Report – Classic Causeway All The Way In Tampa Bay Derby
TDN – Carasso – How ‘Sweet’ It Is For Dolce Zel in Florida Oaks
Paulick Report – Dolce Zel Upstages Stablemate To Win Florida Oaks In U.S. Bow
TDN – Rotknee A New Stakes Winner for Runhappy in Damon Runyon
National Post – Knight – Film review: Jockey is a horse movie with moving human performances
The winter’s a little bit daunting in Montana.
Bloodhorse – Yates and Crosby – Secret Oath to Take on Boys in Arkansas Derby
Horse Racing Nation – Ross – Derby Pedigrees: Simplification’s lineage is not so simple
TDN – Richard Mandella Talks Forbidden Kingdom, Beholder On Writers’ Room
She had fouled off the curves that life had thrown at her.
Bloodhorse – Rattle N Roll to Make Second Start at 3 in LA Derby
Bloodhorse – Crosby – FOY Third O Captain a Late Nomination to Triple Crown
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – PACO GETS DAYS, BETTORS AND HORSEMEN GET THE SHAFT
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – What’s been happening: Kentucky Derby latest, Lemaire’s Covid, Mishriff misses Dubai and more …
TDN – Into Mischief’s Gina Romantica Sparkles on Debut
Bloodhorse – King – We the People Cruises in Stakes Preamble
TDN – Arlington Million Among 53 Stakes at Churchill Spring/Summer Meet
Garden and Gun – Venutolo-Mantovani – Coach K Stirs the Passions of the Southern Basketball Faithful
FiveThirtyEight – Nerkar and Paine – The Top-Seeded Men’s Teams That Could Bust Your Bracket
The Ringer – Sherman – The 2022 March Madness Cinderella Guide
ESPN – Borzello – The eight biggest questions facing the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee
The Ringer – Sherman – 2022 NCAA Men’s Tournament Breakdown: The Best Picks and Biggest Questions for Each Region
NCAA – 2022 March Madness: Men’s NCAA tournament complete schedule, dates, TV times
ESPN – Lunardi – 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracketology
If they think we’ve got an edge, we’ve got an edge.
Me and Julio
Quartz – Diaz – How companies are hiding inflation without charging you more
Sports Illustrated – 2022 Men’s NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown: A Region-by-Region Guide
Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – Ranking the 2022 Cinderella Candidates That Could Bust Your Bracket
Sports Business Journal – ACC Tournament returns to Brooklyn, but buzz in N.Y. still muted
Sportsnet – A-P – Jean-Baptiste’s miracle buzzer-beater sends Chattanooga to March Madness
ESPN – Givony and Schmitz – Why is Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren so polarizing with NBA scouts?
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.
Darling Be Home Soon
The Sporting News – 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracket Advice, Best Strategy Tips for Winning March Madness Pools
ESPN – Men’s Tournament Challenge
Phil received a reminder from one of the March Madness contest sites for Phil’s 2022 entry. They also sent the 2021 rankings. Phil had entered 2 brackets and ended up in 8,715,924th place and in 7,971,586th place.
The Ballad of Irving
Almost every year there’s at least one 12th ranked team that beats a 5th ranked team. In 2021 the 5s that Phil took got beat by 12s and the 12s Phil took got beat by 5s.
FiveThirtyEight – 2022 March Madness Predictions
USA Today – Gleeson – Overrated men’s college basketball teams: Don’t count on them in NCAA tournament
ESPN – March Madness 2022: What to know about every team in the men’s NCAA tournament bracket
Sports Illustrated – March Madness Brackets: Expert Predictions for 2022 Men’s NCAA Tournament
FiveThirtyEight – Planos – How Far Can Luck Take A Team? Watch Providence To Find Out.
Sports Illustrated – Taddeo – Everything You Need To Prep For The Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournaments
CBS Sports – 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracket Picks & Analysis
USA Today – Armour – Don’t let logo and swag fool you. NCAA still must do more for women’s tournament | Opinion
Phil has a question:
What hurt women’s March Madness more – the NCAA’s lack of promotion or the decade of dominance of UConn.
ESPN – Youngmisuk – Gregg Popovich, an NBA legend: Stories you’ve never heard about the San Antonio Spurs, Team USA coach
Still Crazy After all these years
The Ringer – Make the Case: Denzel Washington Deserves Best Actor for ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Second Witch, MacBeth
The Ringer – Surrey – Make the Case: ‘Dune’ Is Worthy of Winning Best Picture
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
Phil has a question:
What does the Odds Professor say.
The Ringer – Baumann – Baseball Is Back! But What Did It Take to Get Here?
If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.
ESPN – Gonzalez – MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, union chief Tony Clark hail new CBA as lockout ends
If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.
Dancing In The Dark
USAToday – AP – ‘A dark past’: MLB stars say time to pull Kenesaw Mountain Landis name off plaques
Getting thrown out of baseball was like having part of me amputated. I’ve heard that old men wake up and scratch itchy legs that been dust for over fifty years. That was me. I’d wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet… The thrill of the grass.
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Sports Business Journal – Islanders ticket demand plummets as season goes awry on the ice
Paulick Report – Paulick: What The 2022 Jockey Club Fact Book Tells Us, And What It Doesn’t
Seven Nation Army
Your problems never cease. They just change.
Paulick Report – Letters To The Editor: Two Views On Arizona Racing About Where To Start The Clean-Up Process
I’m not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I’m going to say I’m opposed to war. But I’m also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.
Aeon – Levin – Proof of life: how would we recognize an alien if we saw one?
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Seeing The World Through One Good Eye
Phil M Stockmen