Podlaski's mantra: Walk, don't run

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Walking is so simple.
One foot in front of the other. Easy game.
Walking just got much more complicated for Meaghan Podlaski.

Even in the U.S., soccer is unifying

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I started my day on Monday by listening to some genius call Martin Kaymer a Nazi. It’s the kind of moment that gets me humming “I’m-proud to-be an-American.” Like, really sarcastically.

Nothing like OT with Cup on line

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Oh, man, I love this. It’s so hockey, the way these names skitter across your eyes and carom to weird, dangerous places, only to stop on the doorstep of a little miniature snow fort.

NCAA playing defense

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Do you know what NIL is?
If your answer is “what Cameroon scored against Mexico on Friday,” nice try, but that’s not what I was looking for.
While everyone has been immersed in the attention-grabbing swarm of World Cup, Stanley Cup, NBA championship, U.S. Open or some combination thereof, the Trial of the Century began on Monday. No, really.
On the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson Trial of the Century, we only had to wait 14 years for the 21st century’s version.
What, you hadn’t heard?

Humble pie is on the menu

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
It’s Mea Culpa Wednesday.
In the spirit of apology, I’ll start with myself for the careless use of a word in a column that appeared on May 30.

A lot to get excited about

Monday, June 9, 2014
I assure you that racing showed its good side in a variety of ways at the Belmont, not the least of which was the emergence of Tonalist as a player in the 3-year-old colt division.

Crybaby Coburn should have shut his mouth

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Whines after loss.

Either 0-for-3, or feelin' good

Saturday, June 7, 2014
I am often wrong.
Give ya a fer-instance:

Just two local guys havin' some fun

Friday, June 6, 2014
Don Lucarelli promised to find his new buddy Ed Stanco at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The winner’s circle, perhaps?

Quest has brought brothers together

Thursday, June 5, 2014
From 50 feet away, you can’t tell the brothers apart.
Purple ballcap on each, dark jeans, the same shoes. Same jockey height.
They’re being interviewed together by a TV crew on the Belmont Park apron Wednesday morning because Victor Espinoza will be shooting for a Triple Crown on Saturday and Jose lives a few miles away. Jose was by his brother’s side at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
They almost look like twins up close, too, except that Jose has a purplish-red bruise under his left eye and stitches on his eyebrow, and my ridiculous knee-jerk thought is, “Wait . . . that was last summer.”

Crown wouldn't be racing panacea

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
As the refrain goes, racing needs a Triple Crown, and if this is the one it gets, all the better, because people are rooting for this horse, without reservation, unlike in 2008. If California Chrome wins the Triple Crown in the 146th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, it will be well-earned and well-deserved. It’ll be a glorious, transcendent achievement in sports with the potential to not only cast racing in a badly needed positive light, but draw in new fans.

Hogan able to compete with elite runners

Sunday, June 1, 2014
In 2011, Megan Hogan wouldn’t have been eligible for the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. She wasn’t out of work, it’s just that her job was running, and that race is designed for people who have, you know, “real” jobs.

No Emily? No sweat for Tope

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Theoretically, you have a year to put together a field for a race that will be over in less than 16 minutes.
Then an athletic federation on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean does something seemingly innocuous, like move an event one week earlier, and suddenly, you’ve got the butterfly effect.

A true sign of respect

Friday, May 30, 2014
Miles and Lyle Thompson play lacrosse as a means of showing respect to the Creator.

Don't mess with the Crown

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
This is one of those inevitable discussions, like dandelions on your lawn.
Every time a horse is in line for the Triple Crown, there’s talk about expanding the schedule for the three legs. Hell, this conversation starts even when there isn’t one on the line.

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