So all week, I’ve heard plenty of talk about the Kentucky Derby, the “granddaddy” of all sporting events.
Who really cares? There’s not really any sort of horseracing circuit or league, so it’s not like there’s a season or year-long contest (as insipid as NASCAR is, at least it has that) for us to ge to know the horses (as if such a thing were possible).
No one’s heard of these horses before this week, yet the sports pundits try to pontificate on the merits of this one versus that. All of a sudden, everyone’s a horse expert.
Not even the Carolina Hurricanes bandwagon has this many converts.
These horses will race at the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, then they’ll be done with big-time racing. Stud farm, glue factory, whevever. End of story.
And how can people actually get excited about non-humans racing, especially when watching actual humans race is so barely viewable? The horses that have been bred since birth by force to risk their lives for the humans’ benefit go around the track while being whipped, then the human takes the credit while the horse is put back in its trailer, attached to the back of a truck and shipped to the next track.
THIS is fun?
NASCAR falls under the same umbrella – something else does the actual racing, but the human doing the piloting is praised. Absurd.
If it’s the betting aspect of horseracing you like, well, you know that there are baseball, hockey and basketball games to bet on, right? At least with those, the participants choose to push their bodies beyond natural limits. And if you don’t like human sports, they have these crazy things called casinos that would be more than happy to take your money.
So as a good part of the sporting world stops Saturday afternoon to watch 2 minutes of animal abuse, this sports fan will be doing something else – ANYTHING else.