02 May 2009

The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports

While we're on this Southern, equine thing, did you know that "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved"—at least according to Hunter S. Thompson like 30 years ago. Yet, as we all know, things down here are slow to change.

The race itself is only two minutes long (though the party lasts a whole week). Then, according to Hunter, "[t]he rest of the day blurs into madness. The rest of that night too. And all the next day and night. Such horrible things occurred that I can’t bring myself even to think about them now, much less put them down in print. I was lucky to get out at all." Believe me, I've been there. I know. That's pretty much the way it goes. But, man, those horses are really beautiful!

Oh yeah, some 50-1 long-shot, Mine That Bird, came through today.

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