44 years ago today

The greatest racehorse in history, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, and the Triple Crown with such ease it still amazes

 

I must note that in 1973, Secretariat beat another horse, Sham in the Derby and Preakness. In both races Sham and Secretariat blew by the field, showing how special both were. In the Belmont, Sham finished last, but had it not been for Secretariat, Sham likely would have won the Triple Crown that year. Sham was a great horse, but Secretariat was, well Secretariat.

In an odd twist Sham and Secretariat both revealed a secret at their autopsies. An average horse has a heart that weighs 8-10 pounds. Sham’s weighed 19 pounds, Secretariat’s heart was not weighed but was estimated to be 22 pounds. The same man Dr. Thomas Swerczek performed both autopsies

“Certainly, after performing autopsies on several thousand thoroughbred horses, including mares and stallions, no other horse came close to Secretariat’s heart size. The second largest heart I found was the heart of Sham, who actually broke the Kentucky derby record, but still lost to Secretariat. Sham’s heart weighed 19 pounds. The third largest heart I found was stallion Key to the Mint, which was 16 pounds. The majority of all others were smaller, in the range of 10 to 12 pounds. Bold Ruler, the sire of Secretariat had an average size heart. The heart size seemingly is inherited from the female side of the pedigree. When I performed the autopsy on Secretariat, which was necessary because of insurance and we needed to determine the cause of the laminitis, the cause of destruction, I did a cosmetic autopsy. The reason being I did not want to dismantle such a remarkable specimen and the farm personnel and handlers were present to immediately collect all organs in large plastic bags which were immediately returned to the farm to be buried with the body. Normally, with other horses we can keep all organs and the body for further study, or to preserve large specimens, like the heart, but I was not allowed to do this with Secretariat. For this reason, all specimens were immediately collected and returned to the farm, and I did not get a chance to weigh the heart. However, by comparing it to numerous other hearts I got actual weights on, I am certain the weight was between 21 to 22 pounds. So I considered the heart weight officially as 21 pounds. The heart was in perfect shape, not diseased in any way, but just considerably larger than any other horses I autopsied.”

If only Sham has been a year older or younger, but he was destined to be a super horse who faced THE racehorse, Secretariat

When an old gunfighter hangs up his pistols………..

Taker 3

Two Sundays ago, I watched as a legend, an icon, laid down his guns and left the business that had made him a legend. In Orlando, Florida, at Wrestlemania 33, the Undertaker wrestled what is likely for the very last time. In his finale, he lost, to a much younger opponent, and after the match he stood, all 6’10” of him and stared back at an adoring crowd. As his music played he began to exit, then paused, returned to the center of the ring, and began to remove his gloves, them his trademark coat, and finally, his hat. He laid them in the center of the ring he had dominated since 1990, and left the ring. Some fans shed tears, some just stood in reverence. They knew they were watching a legend for the last time.

Taker 4

Now, you might be asking why I am writing about Mark Calaway A.K.A. The Undertaker. I mean wrestling is fake right? Yes, it is. It is athletic, and it is entertainment. But, the work these athletes put in is real, and so is the injuries that acompany it. Movies? TV? Not real, yet we can be fans of actors. So, why not wrestlers.

Taker

The Undertaker was like a character in a movie who kicks the bad guys asses. When his music hit you knew that someone was going to get their ass kicked. And  I thank him for the many memories. Here are some highlights

Why do I write about this man? Because he was the best at what he did, period. I met him once, at the airport. He was a huge man but very nice, humble it seemed to me. Not many people make me feel small, but he did. I admire him because anyone who garners such respect from his peers…. well

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Ed’s List Of College Football Bowl Games That Probably Won’t Suck



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LAS VEGAS BOWL

Saturday, 12/17/16
3:30 PM – Houston vs San Diego State

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VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Thursday, 12/29/16
9:00 PM – Oklahoma State vs Colorado

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HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

Friday, 12/30/16
2:00 PM – Stanford vs North Carolina

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CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL

Friday, 12/30/16
8:00 PM – Michigan vs Florida State

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BUFFALO WILD WINGS CITRUS BOWL

Saturday, 12/31/16
11:00 AM – LSU vs Louisville

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CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL

Saturday, 12/31/16
3:00 PM – Washington vs Alabama

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PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL

Saturday, 12/31/16
7:00 PM – Ohio State vs Clemson

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GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL

Monday, 01/02/17
1:00 PM – Western Michigan vs Wisconsin

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ROSE BOWL

Monday, 01/02/17
5:00 PM – USC vs Penn State

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ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL

Monday, 01/02/17
8:30 PM – Auburn vs Oklahoma

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CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, 01/09/17
8:30 PM – Washington or Alabama
vs. Ohio State or Clemson

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The Western Michigan Broncos Deserve To Be In The NCAA Playoffs

So here’s the thing, I don’t like the way college football teams are selected for inclusion in the NCAA “playoffs”.

You probably noticed that I put the word playoffs in quotes there. That’s because I consider picking only four Division I-A teams out of a pool of 128 to be an insult to the very idea of a playoff system. In my opinion, there ought to be 12 teams in the mix at a bare minimum, but that’s a rant for another day.

And so, putting aside my utter contempt for the current playoff scheme, let’s suppose that it actually does have some merit, and that the participants thereof are representative of the best the NCAA has to offer. With that assumption in mind, can someone please explain to me in clear and rational terms why one of the ONLY-TWO undefeated teams in the division has been excluded from the playoffs?

I mean, if being PERFECT isn’t good enough to get you a seat at the table, how exactly are teams like the WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS (13-0) incentivized to achieve such a record in the future?

What, they get to play in some pointless, participation-trophy bowl game like dozens of other teams that DIDN’T distinguish themselves at all?

*Best Church Lady voice* Well isn’t that special?

I guess it’s okay to treat Western Michigan like Fredo Corleone because the NCAA chose not to challenge that team with the caliber of opponents that the Alabama Crimson Tide faced this season, correct? It’s just one big ‘FUCK YOU’ from the start, and if you don’t like it, then all you Broncos fans can go pound sand, right?

Tell me, National Collegiate Athletic Association, what did you require of WMU at the beginning of this season which might have possibly allowed them to become a playoff team? Did they need to win every game by 25 points (on average) instead of only 24? Please proclaim your MAGIC NUMBER so I can slink off to my quiet corner of the world, safe in the knowledge that I’ve finally been set straight by the gods of college sports.

By Edward L. Daley

Screw The NFL!


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