Much like the Lunch Lady, today’s weather made it “extra sloppy” for the Derby horses. (h/t Sports Illustrated)
The big news of the day for all those living in Kentucky, and even a lot of folks from around the country, was the running of the Kentucky Derby, which is annually Louisville’s second-most buzzed day (after April 20th). The Derby celebrated its 139th birthday today, making it the oldest tradition in the Bluegrass State still legally active (otherwise, you know, making moonshine). The big winner of the day was Orb, who will now seek to become the first Triple Crown winner in decades after winning the Derby at 5-1 odds. There have been some good opportunities in recent years, but somehow it always seems to fall through. Hopefully 2013 will be the year we see it finally come to fruition.
You can re-watch the greatest two minutes in sports below:
Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I was at Bourbon & Toulouse getting red beans and sausage.
-After Derby-winner Orb, and trainer Shug McGaughey, the second-biggest winners of the day are the listeners of KSR Radio, as they have the pleasure of knowing that Ryan Lemond now has to go face the Waddy Werewolf, Crystal Lake-style. My two hopes are that 1) Lemond is okay during his time camping out, and 2) that if he’s not okay, it ends up being as hilarious as possible. As an almost-victim of some nefarious beast in the woods in Bagdad, I can tell you that he’s not going to have a lot of fun. But that won’t stop us.
-Nerlens Noel continues to show that he’s one of the greatest people on the planet, escorting Kelly Melton to the Derby and helping him dodge some of the nastier-looking puddles.
We’re gonna miss that big galoot next year.
-Rick Pitino didn’t jockey the winning Derby horse. Rick Pitino didn’t even own the winning horse. His horse got 17th. I guess he didn’t know that the race was supposed to last a whole two minutes. Those headlines and tweets can delete themselves now.
-In some final Derby-related news, Mark Stoops is the man, and I wish I could have somehow gotten in this picture. I imagine the background music sounded something like this.
Good to see Coach out and about, representing Lexington while in the lion’s den.
-In the NBA Playoff world, Will Totten gave us a view of the ex-Cats still playing games this off-season. On the list are some surprising names. So far, we got DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton, Tayshaun Prince, Keith Bogans, Nazr Mohammed, and Marquis Teague. Good for them, and they should be glad they don’t have a grumpy Chris Paul to deal with, like Eric Bledsoe. Just find your safe place, young fella.
-Unfortunately, the fun stuff through the day was brought into sobering contrast with the news of Kentucky safety Asheley Lowry’s car accident in Georgia. After keeping up with the news all day, it seems like Lowery was by himself in the car, which turned over several times and threw Asheley 100 feet. The injuries known so far are to the left wrist and hip, along with a gash in his right leg, and an injury to his neck. Thankfully, Kristen updated us just below with news that Lowery is stable in the ICU, and has no significant head- or brain-injuries. Fantastic news for an otherwise troublesome story. Of course BBN is wishing him the best and sending up prayers for a quick, but most of all complete recovery.
That’s all for this evening. For now, enjoy the rest of the ingredients you have leftover from your mint juleps, talk yourself out of blowing all your winnings in one place, and May the Fourth be with you. Sorry, I had to get one Star Wars reference in.