Oct 052023

So there is a mutual benefit to what seems like the hottest new relationship in the US. It might just be for a few months, until the next break-up song gets written, but Kelce and Swift are for now America’s newest power couple. And the biggest winner is the sport of American football. For as long as announcers can keep making sly references to Swift songs when Kelce scores, the NFL will delight in the fact that millions of women and girls are now following this football meet-cute.

The Guardian – Andrew Lawrence – Taylor Swift is upgrading Travis Kelce’s fame – and the NFL loves it

Most times the Brits have a better perspective on North American news as they are reporting as observers not advocating participants. And they do some listening and research before spewing their venomous hate. Or maybe they understand cuz they had Posh and Beckham after the Spices started to lose their flavour. Or maybe they’re just smarter than Americans.

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

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

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

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

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

Food and Wine – Ray Isle – The Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Today – Sarah Lemire – The best Thanksgiving wine to serve the crowd in 2023

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries 20 White Wines Under $15

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries 20 Red Wines Under $15

Southern Living – Jenna Sims – 24 Fall Appetizer Recipes You’ll Want To Serve All Season Long

Tastes Better From Scratch – Lauren Allen – Easy, No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey

How Not to Deep Fry a Turkey

Canadian Living – Katia Gorshkova – 13 recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu

Epicurious – Meredith Stettner – 73 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Complete Your Turkey Day Feast

Bon Appetit – Sam Stone – Which Boxed Mac and Cheese Is Best? We Tried Kraft, Annie’s, Velveeta, and More

Mac N Cheese Throwdown

Mac n Cheese Please

ESPN – Bradford Doolittle – MLB Playoffs 2023: Are Braves, Dodgers, Astros on upset watch?

ESPN – 2023 MLB playoffs: World Series odds, division series preview

Sports Illustrated – Jean-Jacques Taylor – Behind the Scenes of Deion Sanders’s Groundbreaking First Days at Colorado

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ken Snyder – Welcome to the world’s greatest jockey school – with graduates headed by John Velazquez and Ortiz brothers

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Graded Stakes Win Helps Campbell ‘Turn The Page’ On Loss Of Arlington Park

Sports Illustrated – Madison Williams – Dick Butkus, Legendary Bears Linebacker, Dies at 80

Paulick Report – Economic Indicators: Wagering, Race Days Continue Downward Trend In September, Year-To-Date

Paulick Report – Over 60 Speakers Announced For 2023 Global Symposium On Racing


Bloodhorse – Racing Post – James Thomas – Shadwell Swoop for $2M Frankel Filly at Tattersalls

Bloodhorse – Bob Kieckhefer – Nations Pride Carries the Godolphin Banner to Canada

The Ringer – Seerat Sohi – Behind the Scenes of James Harden and Daryl Morey’s Ugly Standoff

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Price Dispute Stalls Brady’s Bid For Raiders Equity

National Post – Michael Higgins: Wab Kinew sends powerful message of personal responsibility in victory speech

100 Years From Now

SportsNet – Jeff Blair – After basically becoming the Maple Leafs, nothing is off the table for Blue Jays

Sports Illustrated – Tom Verducci – Blue Jays Blow Another Playoff Series by Following a Flawed Analytics Script

Phil has a question:

Is there anything the rest of the sports fans in Canada relish more than the schadenfreude watching the TO fans suffer another disappointing playoff after cramming the Toronto Sports Network hype down the throats of the rest of Canada.

You can observe a lot by just watching. 

Yogi Berra

New York Times – Jesse Nathan – Baseball Has Become Micromanaged, Like Everything Else in Our Lives

TSN – Scott Mitchell – From bats to philosophies, Jays’ flaws exposed in series loss to Twins

Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ’em I never knew existed before.

Casey Stengel

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

My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat.

Satchel Paige

SportsNet – Ben Nicholson-Smith – Guerrero Jr.’s baserunning error speaks to bigger Blue Jays problems

Most ball games are lost, not won.

Casey Stengel

Dedicated to the Blue Jays and their following:

It’s All Over Now

It’s All Over Now

It’s All Over Now

ESPN – MLB Wild Card Series Day 2: Live updates, playoff analysis

The Weight

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

Phil has a question:

Has Mattress Mack been feeding Nutella to the Astros.

This one’s for Mattress Mack:

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

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

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – MLB Expansion Suitors Grow, Even Without Formal Process

TDN – T.D. Thornton – The Wait Begins: Fifth Circuit Hears HISA Constitutionality Appeal Arguments

Bloodhorse – Dick Downey – Oral Arguments Return in Fifth Circuit HISA Challenge

Sin City

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Fierceness Faces Tough Test in Champagne at Aqueduct

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Baffert Goes for Record 12th American Pharoah Stakes

Paulick Report – Mike Willman – Freshened Muth Will Be Horse To Beat In Saturday’s American Pharoah Stakes

Paulick Report – Mike Willman – Shirreffs-Trained Gate To Paradise Leads Field Of 10 Juvenile Fillies In Chandelier

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

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – What’s been happening: Sodashi’s retirement, a slew of Breeders’ Cup preps, Steve Cauthen and more …

Ooh Las Vegas

Red Hill Mining Town

TDN – Stakes Purses Raised by $1.2 Million at Fair Grounds

Hickory Wind

Race fans will have several opportunities to save money during the meet. On Wednesdays, patrons in the OTB can score a free program; On Thursday nights fans will be treated to a free hot dog; On Friday nights fans can score a free domestic beer at the OTB bar. Each promotion requires the participant to be 21 years of age or older and a Boyd Rewards Card member.

Paulick Report – Delta Downs Kicks Off 2023-24 Thoroughbred Season Friday

8 Miles High

538 – Nathaniel Rakich, Monica Potts, and Leah Askarinam – The winners and losers of a wild week in Congress

Phil has a question:

How can you say there were winners in the US congress this week.

Phil has an answer:

The rest of the world that gets to watch this Gong Show.

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.

Casey Stengel

Tumbling Dice

New York Times – Opinion – Ross Douthat – How Gerontocracy Explains the Matt Gaetz Clown Show

Sin City

The Ringer – Adam Nayman – The Power of ‘The Exorcist’ Compels You

Another Shade of Grey

The Ringer – Kevin O’Connor – 2023-24 NBA Preseason Power Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

Lao Tzu

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

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

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

All Comes Crashing

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

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

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

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Taylor Swift is upgrading Travis Kelce’s fame – and the NFL loves it”

  1. THANKSGIVING arrives with no HBPA posting of The Annual backstretch Thanksgiving Dinner??? Didn’t the massive % commission from Betmakers Aussie handle cover costs!!

    BETTERS ALERT, Rifling in for 15k nw3 at wdb 3rd race tonight. Will the Alberta punters drive the price down. Does lightning strike twice!!

    RICO WALCOTT clips heels and suffers a fractured collarbone, 25 wins and $1.1 million in earnings for a good start at wdb.

    HRA posts licensing clerk job in websites on Sept 26 but not in theirs until Sept 29. 900 hits already for 50k job rumoured inside person for position.

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