Today in the bag, I'll discuss the disappointment at Belmont and the controversy in Vegas, before briefly touching on the NBA playoffs.
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I'll have another scratched from the Belmont -
Mere hours before it was to run for racing's ultimate distinction, I'll Have Another finished a practice session with a little inflammation, and was retired before it could go any farther. No Triple Crown run, career over. Just like that.
|The "Price is Right horn" was unavailable for comment.|
In light of the continuing parade of bad news, I can't help but ask: how long before stories like this are off the lead of SportsCenter, and simply features of the style section in your local paper?
Pacquiao "beaten" by Bradley -
Speaking of sports that have lost their fastball, boxing took another turn towards the absurd with the controversial end to the Pacquiao/Bradley fight Saturday evening. As far as I can tell, everyone ringside had Pacquiao winning the fight on their cards. Everyone, that is, except for two of the three judges responsible for posting the official scores. A stunning split decision goes the way of the challenger, and boxing slips a little further into irrelevancy.
|Wait, what? From: CNN/SI|
|They already had a rematch date. From: ESPN|
Lebron and Heat advance past the Celtics -
Think back to the moments after the Celtics had used their Game 5 win to edge out a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. ESPN cranked up their over-reaction machine, pronounced the Heat dead, questioned whether the team was about to be broken up, and essentially fired Coach Erik Spoelstra. Uh huh. The Heat would, of course, go on to win the next two games and secure the Eastern Conference title in seven games. Not for nothing, but maybe ESPN needs to stop planning their next entertainment-sports cross-promotion, and get back to analysis based in reality.
|Surprise, surprise, the Heat ended up winning.|