Oct 032023

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst and Bob Ehalt – A Breakdown That Calls for Further Review

Paulick Report – Dr. Scott E. Palmer – Saratoga Investigation: Early Findings Suggest Fatigue, Consistency Of Moisture In Track Surface Played Roles In 2023 Fatalities

This is the kind of Gram Parsons ghost-hunting I can get behind: close listening. Straining for glimpses of him in the margins of Byrds songs or even in the backing vocals of the Stones’ “Exile on Main St.,” where some swear you can hear him. Surveying the last half-century of cosmic American music and seeing where the wind blew all those hickory seeds.

New York Times – Linsday Zoldaz – Enough About Gram Parsons’s Death. It’s Time to Celebrate His Music.

New York Times – Lindsay Zoldaz – The Legend of Gram Parsons, in 12 Songs

Phil has a question:

What’s Phil’s favourite Gram Parsons song.

Ooh Las Vegas

Red Hill Mining Town

Sin City

Hickory Wind

100 Years From Now

8 Miles High

Tumbling Dice

Sin City

Another Shade of Grey

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.

Lao Tzu

SportsNet – Chi Davidi – Blue Jays must confront wider issues after sweep by Twins

Dedicated to the Blue Jays and their following:

It’s All Over Now

It’s All Over Now

It’s All Over Now

The Weight

TDN – Alan Carasso – ‘TDN Rising Star’ Agate Road Earns BC Berth In Pilgrim



Sometimes Phil just gotta give in to the Urge.

TDN – Jill Williams – Justify’s Hard to Justify Punches Breeders’ Cup Ticket in Miss Grillo


Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Not Buddha

Devil’s Haircut

Yahoo! News – Miami Herald – Anthony Chiang – Heat’s Jimmy Butler on where ‘emo’ look went, new NBA rules and why he’s not an internet ‘troll’

Hairdresser On Fire

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – New York Commission Addresses Wagering Controversy From Saratoga Surface Change

If you’re a poor white person and your life sucks, it’s easy for you to blame Hispanics cos you don’t want to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the reason my life sucks.’ The Republicans do a good job exploiting that. 

Charles Barkley

SportsNet – CP – Twins beat Blue Jays in Game 1 for first playoff win since 2004

The Score – AP – Wheeler strikes out 8, Phillies beat Marlins in wild-card opener

The phrase ‘off with the crack of the bat’, while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat. 

Joe DiMaggio

The Score – AP – Diamondbacks rally to defeat Burnes, Brewers in Game 1

The Score – Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb – Rays draw MLB’s smallest non-pandemic playoff crowd since 1919

If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them? 

Yogi Berra

Sports Illustrated – Tom Verducci – Rays’ Game 1 Loss Riddled With Far Too Many Preventable Mistakes

The Athletic – From Mike Babcock to Pride to Arizona, how new NHLPA head Marty Walsh is taking on the fight for player rights

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – ‘I am a fan of European racing – I am not a fan of American racing’ … but not everyone agrees with Arc-winning trainer

Bloodhorse – Tom Precious – No Ban for Rice, But Fine Doubled to $100,000

In the public eye, girls and women with strong perspectives are hated. If you’re a girl with an opinion, people just hate you. There are still people who are afraid of successful women, and that’s so lame.

Billie Eilish

TDN – Brian DiDonato – Son of Nyquist on Top at Fasig Midlantic Finale

Bloodhorse – Keeneland Catalogs 3,569 Horses for November Sale

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – The Patriots Have Hit Rock Bottom, and There’s No Easy Way Back Up

Front Office Sports – Michael McCarthy – Could Bill Belichick Be the Next Great NFL TV Analyst?

Sports Business Journal – Morning Buzz – October 4, 2023

Los Angeles Times – Mikael Wood – In ‘Taylor Hawkins’ backyard,’ the Foo Fighters power through grief at Ohana festival

Under Pressure

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

Richard Bach

Times Like These

I’m not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models. 

Charles Barkley

The Athletic – Nicole Auerbach – Stop with the hate for Taylor Swift fans. They’re good for football, too

Salon – Amanda Marcotte – GOP dudes are big mad at Taylor Swift for reminding them that the ladies don’t like them

Slate – Nadira Goffe – If You Thought Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Would Unify America, We Have Some News for You

Phil has a dedication to all of the male MAGAT haters.

You Think You’re a Man

Phil has a question:

Did everyone forget about Joe and Marilyn.

There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.

Joe DiMaggio

Sports Illustrated – Madison Williams – Michigan Dismisses Hockey Player for Alleged Hate Crime

National Post – Frank Stronach: The Achilles’ heel of democracy

Aeon – Brett Gary – Beyond obscenity

There’s nothing that will change someone’s moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.

Larry Flynt

ABC News – Cooper Burton – The Supreme Court starts its new term with dismal approval ratings

I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

Arthur Hays Sulzberger

Vox – Ellen Ioanes – Congress just avoided a shutdown. Kevin McCarthy’s fight is just beginning.

Washington Post – McCarthy ousted as speaker

Los Angeles Times – Jeffrey Fleishman – News Analysis: McCarthy’s once formidable powers of persuasion couldn’t stop a humiliating, historic defeat

All Comes Crashing

CNN – Jeremy Herb and Kara Scanell – What to know about Trump’s fraud trial

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.

Cal Thomas

Phil has a question:

What is the fat fucking orange blob more afraid of – losing the trial or hearing this in closing arguments: the values of the properties are as fake as the heel lifts, comb over concoction and orange spray on.  And that’s not even mentioning the LDS.

Aren’t you glad you live in Canada.

Study Finds – Sophia Naughton – Pizza pandemonium: Average person eats enough slices to fill a suitcase each year!

ESPN – GM Chris Young defends Rangers, rips ‘classless’ post by reporter

Phil has a question:

Has Mattress Mack been feeding Nutella to the Astros.

Sports Business Journal – NFL’s ‘Toy Story’ broadcast has some kinks, but well received overall

Bloodhorse – Equine Welfare, Social Values Focus of IFHA Conference

TDN – Jim McKay Maryland Million Attracts 281 Pre-Entries

A book exists at the intersection of the author’s subconscious and the reader’s response.

William Gibson

TDN – Bill Finley – Another Year, Another Declining Foal Crop; Experts Chime In

TDN – T.D. Thornton – Oral Arguments Oct. 11 In Lawsuit to Halt Belmont Renovation Loan

Paulick Report – NTRA – Tom Rooney – Rooney: Congress Will Not Repeal HISA, Newly-Introduced RHSA ‘Stands No Chance Of Becoming Law’

Vox – Emily Stewart – Why your $7 latte is $7

Phil has an answer:

Cuz you’re stoopid enough to pay $7 when a latte and a muffin is $4.36 at Mickey D’s.

The Score – Kawhi pushes back on new resting policy

Phil has a solution:

Deduct the game a star is sitting from his salary and divvy it up amongst the fans in attendance.

The Ringer – Steven Ruiz – The 2021 NFL QB Class Is Proving That the Pocket Passer Vs. Mobile Threat Debate Is Dead

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – FIFA Down To Two Candidates For 2026 World Cup Final

The Bitter Southerner – Taylor Brown – Jason Isbell Is Walking Tall

Sports Business Journal – David Broughton – MLB sees average attendance grow across league

SportsNet – Blue Jays will face Twins in wild-card round: ‘Now we’ve got to put it together’

The Blue Jays backed into the playoffs and somehow managed to get the team with the worst record as their first round opponent.

6. Houston Astros

Why they could win it all: An extended track record of rising to the occasion in October. Yes, the Astros had a disjointed and underwhelming regular season. Based on that, it would be reasonable to doubt Houston’s chances of making another run to a staggering seventh straight ALCS. However, betting against the likes of Altuve, Álvarez, and Bregman seems like a bad idea. Until someone rises up and knocks the defending World Series champions off their perch, they deserve the benefit of the doubt in the postseason.

Biggest weakness: Question marks in the rotation. Manager Dusty Baker has had to navigate injuries to major 2022 contributors in Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers Jr. The Astros can still lean on veterans Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, but there are concerns surrounding Valdez, who posted a 4.55 ERA in his final 15 regular-season starts. Beyond the two veterans, the Astros will need strong contributions from rookie J.P. France and right-hander José Urquidy.

The Score – Josh Goldberg – MLB Playoff Power Rankings: Assessing each team’s World Series chances

Eater – Jaya Saxena – It’s Never Just a Milkshake

Phil’s favourite is still a licorice shake from Burger Barn in Millet.

The Ringer – Zach Kram – The Jrue Holiday Trade Just Shook Up the NBA Again


Paulick Report – ‘We Got To Get This In Proper Shape’: Team Forte Dealing With Quarter Crack Amidst Preparations For BC Classic

TDN – Bad Hoof Luck Continues For Team Forte; Classic Still In Play

Let’s hope the bad luck for Forte results in his connections racing him at 4 which would be good luck for fans and industry. The secondary headline in most of the articles today is horses getting ready for last start and heading to breeding shed, which is not good news for the racing industry.

Paulick Report – ‘Simply Extraordinary’: Ace Impact Stays Unbeaten With Arc Victory, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Unhurried, unworried, unstoppable: ‘As great as Secretariat was on the dirt, he was at least ten to 15 lengths better on the turf’

TDN – Touch’n Ride Survives Inquiry Scare to Win Breeders’ Stakes Thriller

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Caramel Swirl Wins Gallant Bloom on a Double DQ

Paulick Report – Keith McCalmont – Caramel Swirl Elevated To Gallant Bloom Win Via Double DQ, Caps Graded Double For Godolphin

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Cody’s Wish Regains Winning Form in Vosburgh

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Week 4: When Josh Allen Is Clicking, the Bills Are Unstoppable

Sports Illustrated – Karl Rasmussen – Robert Saleh Went Absolutely Off on Official After Possible Game-Deciding Penalty Called on Jets

Sports Illustrated – Jordan Foote – Responding to Adversity Was Key to KC Chiefs’ Week 4 Win Over NY Jets

Los Angeles Times – Michael Ordona – The haters gonna hate (hate hate hate hate), but do Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce even notice?

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – The Definitive Guide to All Things Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

TDN – Jockey Jessica Pyfer Retires; Joins XBTV/Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Zandon Adds Woodward Victory to His Resume

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Adare Manor Cruises in Zenyatta

Southern Living – Jenna Sims – 30-Minute Fall Dinner Recipes You’ll Want To Serve On Repeat All Season Long

TSN – Green Day to perform halftime show at 110th Grey Cup in Hamilton

Phil has a question:

Where’s the Canadian content.

Grub Street – Ezra Marcus – Dave Portnoy’s Sausage Fest

Phil has a question:

How much real pizza can you get for $150 – $700.

Eater – Jaya Saxon and Amy McCarthy – Who Needs Dave Portnoy?

Phil M Stockmen

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