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.

Amazing what NFL can absorb

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Is the Shield impenetrable? Former linebacker Terry Crews called the NFL a cult, and as tempted as I am to apply that description to this inexplicable fascination with the annual draft, I’ll skip that part and move on to what Crews was referring to, as well as the cringe-worthy “apology” that Ray Rice offered on Friday.

Maggs helps fulfill dreams

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Alice Kamunya finally has a firm toehold on her running career.
In large part, that means a pair of shoes without a hole in the toe.

Crank up the hype machine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Back from vacation, part of which was spent in Baltimore, where I was an early scratch as a Pimlico patron on Friday and a late scratch as a Preakness bettor on Saturday.

If at first you don't succeed ...

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Well, how’d that Kentucky Derby pick work out?

Danes can do more than score with Thompsons

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Get off my back. Joe Fletcher, you’re free to stay there. But the monkey … you’re going to have to go. The 60-minute duel between Tewaaraton Trophy finalists Lyle Thompson of UAlbany and Loyola’s Fletcher lived up to its billing, but the monkey the Great Danes got off their back was the belief that they’re just a high-scoring offensive machine that can live with less-than-mediocre defense.

An old friend gets a new identity

Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Stockade-athon finally got too big for its own skin.

Shaq's foot-in-mouth disease

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Roy Pechtel opened our phone conversation by asking if I knew Shaq’s shoe size.
Recognizing a loaded question but playing along, I told Roy I believed it was 17, having once placed my 10 over an actual-size floor silhouette of Shaq’s foot at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
I was way off.

The right horse won race

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Leave it to the horse to always bring us back. After a week of PETA video rehash and grumbling over seats and wager gouging and the cold greed of the corporation that runs Churchill Downs, the right horse won for everybody on Saturday.

Put your money on Starlight

Saturday, May 3, 2014
How ridiculous of a sports roll is Schenectady County on?

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