Ah the Romans – it was in full display – the Bread and the Circuses – except it seemed while we got the circus – they forgot our bread. THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIGHT OF OUR TIME – YOU CANT MISS THIS ONE – TWELVE UNFORGETTABLE ROUNDS FOR ONLY $99.
That is the beautiful thing about pay-per-view sporting events – there are no sell outs, no waiting in line, no standing-room only, no one getting turned away at the gate by small giants and fire marshals for too much booze on your breath – none of that! As long as you want it – you’ve got a better seat than any celebrity –‘Murica!
But the fight – ughh – it was just like I wrote back in December, #CalledIt. Want to know what was a better fight than #MayPac? Jamie Foxx staying in tune. Clint Eastwood versus a chair. Bob Barker versus Happy Gilmore. Jay Z versus Beyonce’s Sister. Kevin James versus skinny jeans, Deebo versus Craig – we get it! The build up was Wrestlemania without the drama, The Royals have thrown more punches this year – it made you long for the days you dropped that kind of scratch on a Mike Tyson fight that was over in less than 90 seconds. Mayweather handed out more hugs to Manny than his own kids.
If this was what people thought was the Fight of the Century – did they mean this actual century or the last 100 years – then Boxing is dead – maybe it survives as some bare-knuckled-quasi blood-sport on late night TV – but there will never be anything great about it ever again. I preferred to watch a rerun of Hagler v Hearns – it’s what we expected Saturday – or relive the salad days of any of Muhammad Ali’s fights. With Ali, we were lucky and privileged to live in the same century with him. He was a true aristocrat of the spirit, I love the man. He spoke to the best and bravest in us and his fights are priceless. Floyd will never understand, and it seems he doesn’t care too – he’s just fine being the captain on the Titanic.
NBA Fevah! Chris Paul was doing his best Steph Curry impression making an incredible shot, that I still don’t know how it went in, to beat the Spurs, 111-109. This undercard was better than Saturday’s main event. The Clippers needed all of the 8 for 14 beyond the arc points in the second half, before Paul’s lucky nail in the champ’s coffin. Does this propel the Clippers to bigger things? Is this the end of the Spurs as we knew them? What I do know is; I could watch these two play the rest of the year and it would still live up to expectations. The question though, is this: will there be any other series as good as this one for the rest of the playoffs?
There he is, the favorite, American Pharoah. The first horse to start in position 17 or farther and win the (141st) Kentucky Derby. I had told you to leave him off because of that (and because they clearly don’t know how to spell Pharaoh) – what is the meaning of statistics if you cant remove the outliers. Well the outliers win sometimes and sometimes they rough you up pretty good. The break the horse made from the 18th position to be near the front of the pack and not get boxed in was remarkable. He was given a clear shot – as was I, or so I thought for most of the race. It was another lesson I got sloppy with from the harsh school of gambling, that dealt me another quick beating for leaving off the favorite – see I had Dortmund and Firing Line in an Exacta box – Blind spots are fatal – they’ll punish you every time. So the questions will begin again about the potential of American Pharoah(sic) being the next triple-crown winner – and the answer is no, but I will not leave him off again, just to be safe.
The Houston Firs-tros have won 10 straight and own the American League’s best record at 18-7. As the Astros celebrate their 50th year, you have to wonder when do they come back to Earth? In the AL West they may never – the Angels have serious problems, the Rangers are terrible and The A’s and Mariners do not play consistently enough to challenge, so…It’s a long season and Houston is a young team that will have to prove it in the dog-days – but for now, how about dem Astros!
In other weird baseball news – the Rockies still can’t play in SoCal, and the Yankees swept the Red Sox for the first time since 2006. David Ortiz failed to deliver a bases-loaded, down-by-three, in the bottom of the ninth – either further proving his PED use, or Adam Warren is that good – has not allowed a run in 10 appearances.
Matt Harvey is 5-0 for the 1st place Mets since Tommy John Surgery and it must be an “odd” year, because the Cardinals have the best record in baseball – World Series appearances in 2011 and 2013.
In honor of Saga and today being May 4th – #StarWarsDay – here is some entertainment:
It’s still fresh!