EW’s Trash Talk – Agony In Defeat Edition

There is a lot going on out there, so consider this a somewhat open thread to yammer at will.

The first item of business is the passing of Jim McKay.

He was host of ABC’s influential "Wide World of Sports" for more than 40 years, starting in 1961. The weekend series introduced viewers to all manner of strange, compelling and far-flung sports events. The show provided an international reach long before exotic backdrops became a staple of sports television.

McKay provided the famous voice-over that accompanied the opening in which viewers were reminded of the show’s mission ("spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports") and what lay ahead ("the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat").

McKay — understated, dignified and with a clear eye for detail — covered 12 Olympics, but none more memorably than the Summer Games in Munich, Germany. He was the anchor when events turned grim with the news that Palestinian terrorists kidnapped 11 Israeli athletes. It was left to McKay to tell Americans when a commando raid to rescue the athletes ended in tragedy.

"They’re all gone," McKay said.

McKay was the first sportscaster to win an Emmy Award. He won 12, the last in 1988. ABC calculated that McKay traveled some 41/2 million miles to work events. He covered more than 100 different sports in 40 countries. In 2002, McKay received the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor — the Olympic Order.

McKay was simply an outstanding journalist and reporter. Not just for sports, but of any kind; he was that good. His work will live long, and we have all prospered from it. Thanks for all the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat Jim, vaya con dios.

Now one of Jim McKay’s greatest loves was thoroughbred horse racing, particularly the triple crown races.

McKay’s first television broadcast assignment was a horse race at Pimlico in 1947. It was the start of a love affair — horse racing captivated him like nothing else.

"There are few things in sport as exciting or beautiful as two strong thoroughbreds, neck and neck, charging toward the finish," he once said.

Today is the Belmont Stakes and Big Brown is going for the triple crown. There hasn’t been a triple crown winner in thirty years, and Big Brown is a hell of a horse in what is seen as a weak field. Lets see if he can make it a special day for Jim McKay. I am pumped, and think this may be the year, and Big Brown’s biggest competition, Casino Drive, has been scratched from the field because of injury. But Big Brown has a little agony in da feet himself. Got a bum hoof, but the experts seem to think he is good to go. The Belmont sure will test it though, it is one long distance. What do you folks think?

Lastly, F1. Didn’t think I would leave F1 out did you? This weekend is the Canadian GP. Round seven of the 2008 Circus. The Montreal circuit is one of the faster tracks; should be a great race. Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren is leading the Driver’s Championship standings by a scant three points over Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari; and four drivers are within six points of the lead, which is unusually tight grouping. The race is at 10:00 am EST and is being covered this week on Fox.

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    • readerOfTeaLeaves says:

      And POURING rain in my part of the Puget Sound region 8(

      Bmaz, only caught up late Fri on your comment that AZ women won a baseball championship — how grand! Congrats ;-))

  1. bmaz says:

    Just so no one is confused, I shifted the order of posts, because I wanted the substantive Gitmo thread up on top, as opposed to trash talk.

  2. AZ Matt says:

    Hey bmaz! Did you catch this in the New Times:

    Andrew Thomas spends public money to bring sinners to Christ

    By Sarah Fenske
    Published on June 05, 2008

    The number one purpose of the Missionette program, according to its Web site, is “to win girls to Jesus Christ through love and acceptance.”

    It’s the Girl Scouts, only sponsored by your local evangelical church: uniforms, merit badges — and lots of talk about Jesus’ edict to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

    It’s a rite of passage for many Christian girls.

    It is not, however, something that ought to financed with public money. Obviously.

    But public dough is exactly what’s underwriting the Missionettes at one Phoenix church. Last March, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office wrote a $5,000 check to support the Missionettes at Abundant Living Center.

    It gets worse.

    • bmaz says:

      Wow. Not really surprising for Thomas I suppose, but still wow. Andrew Thomas has got to go, how he ever got elected is beyond me. Total freaking fundie idiot of the highest order. Of the Monica Goodling variety. I have some friends that are very actively behind Tim Nelson for the Democratic nomination to run against Thomas in the general. Had never heard of him before they approached me for a contribution, but he looks to be a very decent guy and is a protege of Janet Napolitano, both pretty strong points. He is a little weak on criminal trial practice experience, which is slightly worrisome, but he looks to have the support that will be necessary to make a strong run and somebody has got to get Thomas the hell out of office. Unreal. Thanks for the link.

      • AZ Matt says:

        It makes you wonder that if the Rapture happens those folks who get taken up will really end up in Phoenix.

  3. JohnLopresti says:

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    Also forward looking, is this article by Lisa Graves, looking at Mukasey’s excess polity, with some fecund links to history of how the congress which authored FISA foresaw the possibility a Mukasey, or Gonzales, might become AG; the article’s last part includes a nice treatment of the exclusive control FISA has over warrants to eavesdrop. She thoroughly exposes Mukasey’s rhetoric’s contradictions.

    • bmaz says:

      Yep, Montreal is not bad for that because of the open stretches after turns. The only thing militating against that a little is that there are, compared to a lot of F1 tracks, not that many turns. One of the links in the post has a layout of the track.

      Buh bye Big Brown. Damn. Belmont is just flat tough though. That is what proved that Secretariat was truly a one of a kind different horse; just blew by the field and won going away by 31 lengths. That just doesn’t happen.

    • bmaz says:

      What? Am I talking to myself here on this thread? Geez, none of my friends from the Great White North are even going toi discuss the Canadian GP? Hello Petrocelli…….

  4. ANOther says:

    OK, I’ll bite. I think that the race starts at 1.00 pm EDT. Environment Canada has a severe thunderstorm watch for Montreal this afternoon, which might make things interesting. Did you see the rumour that Kimi will be quitting after next season?

    Agree with your comments about Jim McKay – a class above most sports commentators (e.g. Brent Mussberger).

    Nadal slaughtered Federer this morning in Paris – straight sets and Federer only won 4 games – his worst Grand Slam loss. This could be mentally devastating for his future.

    Back to watching the European soccer until the race comes on.

    • bmaz says:

      I had not heard that about Raikkonen. I thank him for winning a title for Ferrari I guess, but for the most part I would say about the same thing I did when the last “Flying Finn” (Mika Hakkinen) retired. “Oh, he’s gone, gee I thought there was suddenly a little more personality in the circus”. Massa is fine, I am sure the Scudderia can find another driver somewhere to pilot a red car.

      • ANOther says:

        Terrific race. The last (and only) time I rear-ended someone at a red light cost me $500. This may cost Hamilton a whole lot more – like 10 places at the French Grand Prix. How about Massa’s move at the hairpin, where he passed two opponents – That’s why Formula 1 is the best.

  5. BooRadley says:

    Hey bmaz!

    Thanks for the thread!

    Sports is too much a part of our culture to leave to the legacy media. I appreciate your efforts.

    Really nice tribute to Jim McKay.

  6. dosido says:

    Oh FGS! I didn’t know there were F1 fans here! My hubby is a huge fan. We were watching the canadian race together and I said, oh who is going to crash into someone out of pit lane? and then boom! OMG! 1 and2 inpoints out of the race! Kubica for the win! very very exciting race yesterday.
    then the celtics win game 2, too!

    finally Jim McKay RIP. He was awesome, the best sports announcer and Wide World of Sports was the best thing on TV back then.

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