A year ago, the dark gray clouds over Pimlico opened up and unleashed a monsoon, turning the track into a muddy mess. Lightning flashed above, and the infield and stands were ordered to be evacuated.
And yet the field of eight horses, including Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and the two horses that finished behind him, Firing Line and Dortmund, proceeded to the starting gate.Read more
The thinking around town is the Ravens are utterly fucked, and this is not completely wrong. Once Super Bowl favorites according to Sports Illustrated, they limped into their bye week with a 2-6 record after squeaking out a last-minute win against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 1.Read more
On Grantland, a writer named The Masked Man recently proclaimed that professional wrestling is more mainstream and popular than ever, thanks to major outlets (such as Grantland) taking it seriously, WWE's stars breaking through in both mixed-martial arts and Hollywood, and a culture of people embracing their own nerdiness.Read more
After the Orioles got swept by the division rival Yankees in late July, there was not a lot of optimism about the team's chances of making the playoffs. Plenty of fans even pushed for Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette to sell off some players for prospects at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.Read more
The Preakness Stakes has an enviable position in the Triple Crown schedule. It may not have the glitz of the Kentucky Derby, but the Preakness offers something the Run for the Roses does not: acute anticipation.
Sure, there’s always a favorite in the field at Churchill Downs that commentators and bettors will key on.Read more