Happy Sunday everyone! In case you don’t already know me, my name is Katie and I’m making a guest appearance this week while Ned is off doing some awesome stuff. So if this week’s musings look a little different that’s why….
That being said…..let’s muse!
Hayley Moore Horse Takedown
It started out as a normal day at the races for British reporter Hayley Moore but it sure didn’t end that way. When Give Em A Clump went rogue at Chepstow on Tuesday, Hayley dropped her mic and quickly and confidently positioned herself directly in the line of fire of the loose horse’s path. I don’t know a lot about racing horses in particular but I was mildly obsessed with horses in general as a kid (virtually every school report I had to write that had to do with anything with animals was about horses…anyways I divert), and while I still consider them to be amazing beautiful creatures they are also powerfully dangerous ones. An average horse weighs anywhere between 1200-1500 pounds and he was running directly at her at around 35mph. I got a degree in musical theater so I won’t even attempt to do the math for the momentum that was coming straight at her with or the force she had to brace for.
Well, not only did she stop him, BUT SHE HELD ON!!!
After some research, I discovered that her brother Ryan Moore is a world-renowned jockey so clearly she comes from a horse loving family and knew what she was doing but even still that was incredible to watch.
*Side note the commentary on the video is so quintessential-y British it hurts.
The Bad Kind of Plaque
When Brandi Chastain got elected into the national soccer hall of fame last week in San Francisco she became the latest athlete to become a victim of terrible artistry(previous victims include but are not limited to Cristiano Ronaldo and Tom Brady). Now listen…my drawing/artistic skills are on par with probably a second graders so I don’t really have a ton of room to comment on this but come on people. It’s not even close. Luckily for her, there’s already been an agreement to have it re-commissioned. And nothing will ever come close to the photo that she will be eternally remembered for.
I also have to give a shout-out to this tweet because… well, he nailed it.
I don't know about Brandi Chastain, but they nailed Mickey Rooney. pic.twitter.com/wfSb7irMbx
— Jason Davis, The ⚽📻 Maker (@davisjsn) May 22, 2018
Happy Birthday, Big Sexy!
In my short time with The Turf I have learned that I am not alone in believing that Bartolo Colon is the gift that keeps on giving in baseball. Other than the Philly Fanatic and Orbit he could easily be considered number 3 in terms of the MLB’s mascots (even though he actually plays the game). Andrew has his latest and greatest moment in his Hot Takes for this week and MLB Cut4s on the things Big Sexy has outlasted in his career has more love for Bart. Happy 45th Big Sexy!
Richie goes Incognito
Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this whole debacle. The story is that he had a total meltdown at his local gym, claiming that the government was tracking him and he proceeded to throw tennis balls and endanger other gym patrons with equipment before being taken into custody by Florida police.
The first time Richie came onto the public radar was back in 2013 during the bullying scandal of then Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin for which he was suspended for the rest of the season. In doing some research for this I also uncovered some very disturbing information that is far too relevant for today’s political culture to be able to cover in just a simple musing.
“Richie Incognito is a psychiatric meltdown” -Justin Colombo
Stanley Cup Finals
Thursday night the Washington Capitals clinched their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 20 years where they will go on to face the Las Vegas Golden Knights who are making their first Stanley Cup finals appearance ever. IN THEIR FIRST SEASON EVER!!! There is so much to love about these finals. Usually I would be bummed about not having a horse in this race (thanks Red Wings for your quarter century playoff run) but honestly I am just so fascinated by this Vegas story that I can’t help but be captivated.
One thing is for sure at the end of this series…the NHL will have a team hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in their history.
A Lively Meeting in Liverpool
Dana White is flying to Liverpool this weekend to watch a fight, but that won’t be his only order of business there. White has said that he is willing to talk to Conor McGregor while visiting about a potential return to the Octagon dependent on resolving his current legal issues. McGregor hasn’t fought in the Octagon since 2016 and was stripped of his lightweight title shortly before UFC 223 and his felony and misdemeanor charges. What do you think? Is this a good or bad move for the UFC??
Feast v. Fast
“This is a fascinating concept. On one hand, you’re observing an important piece of your religious culture. On the other, you need to be prepared going into the World Cup. If these guys keep fasting then change their routine the day the World Cup starts, that likely won’t bode well for them. I’m really interested to see how they approach it”.
-Kevin Michael Morin
Kevin says it better than I can. Egypt’s National Team is planning on fasting during World Cup training in order to properly observe Ramadan which ends on June 14th, aka the first day of World Cup play. The only real comment I can add to this of my own is that when I played we used to have carb loading dinners before big tournaments. This should serve to make yet another interesting storyline for this year’s World Cup.