Monday, May 22, 2006

Is anyone else fed up with this Preakness horse crap? I’m sad to say that I watched the horse race this weekend (against my will I might add) and frankly I wasn’t entertained at all. So the horse that was favored to win broke his leg. Let me ask you, do you know the name of the horse that actually won the race? Of course not. How could you? They only said it once and interviewed the winning jockey for a whopping 30 seconds. Instead the hype was, “Oh no! The favorite horse 'pulled up', whatever the heck that means. Boo hoo hoo.” Let me tell you something here friends. This is the aspect of racing in general. When watching Nascar (not that I do) the focus is rarely on the driver that crashed, but more on the driver that WON THE RACE! And those are actual people, not animals. And as if the horse race wasn’t boring enough, I now have to see the recap every night on the evening news. Luckily it’s not the whole race, just the first 30 seconds, because, you know, no one apparently cares about the END of the race. If the most exciting aspect of a horse race is how the injured horse had leg surgery the next day and is now on bed rest, clearly this “sport” needs a major overhaul.


Victoria said...

I don't think people are glued to their sets because an injured horse is "exciting," but because any creature in pain, let alone so badly injured that it may die, is heartbreaking.

Jimmy said...

While it may be heartbreaking I agree, are not other matters in this world just as easily, if not more, heartbreaking? And yet, where are they in the news? What about the massive amounts of people in Africa suffering from AIDS, or the quantities of people dying of starvation and disease all around this world; are they not news worthy? How about the catastrophic natural disasters that kill who knows how many every year that go unnoticed because nobody cares; are they not news worthy? While the story of this horse is sad, if it is distressing stories that we are looking for in the news, I still think it’s sad that we choose to focus on a horse rather than true issues that take place around this world on a daily basis.