That about sums up my feeling about American Pharoah’s (sic) win at the Belmont. It wasn’t Affirmed/ Alydar. It wasn’t Secretariat. It was a colt going wire-to-wire against an undistinguished field. Is that really worth celebrating.
That it took nearly 40 years to have another Triple Crown winner isn’t really about the greatness of A.P. It’s more that the game, the breed has degenerated into a drug-mired enterprise that has changed the nature of horse racing in America.
I wrote this last year amid the California Chrome hype around the Belmont, and it all still applies.
If the Triple Crown really mattered it would be on the tip of everyone’s tongue
Astonishing how little if any buzz the victory had.
Here’s what really happened at Belmont yesterday. One horse died, one was vanned off, and American Pharoah won the big race. That’s some crownless triple.
Giants fans still look forward to every Lincecum start. Especially Filipino baseball fans the world over, as Lincecum remains the best ever-part Filipino baseball player to play in the Majors.
Saturday night the two-time Cy Young Award winner makes his 10th start of the season, and what a season.
He’s back to the Timmy of old at 5-2, and a 2.56 ERA in nine starts.
He looks good for tonight. Last year he was 2-0 against tonight’s opponents, the Braves with an ERA of 1.32.
The Giants overall just look good these days. If pace makes the race, they’ve reversed the trend of “fast start, lousy May” of previous years (remember 2013?). Now it’s lousy start, strong May, stronger June?
They’ve won seven of their last 8 at home. The Giants are hitting, fielding, pitching.
And now they’ve overtaken the Dodgers to be first in the NL West.
Can the defending world champs make it last?
Must say it was an exciting finish last night. And the real history was made when Vanya Shivashankar became co-champ. Her sister Kavya won in 2009 on the word laodicean.
No siblings have ever won the title in the 88-year history of the National Spelling Bee.
Read my story on NBCNews.com/Asian-America.
It’s been said the Spelling Bee is the Indian Super Bowl. Indeed, South Asians have won 7 straight years.
Last night, some potential stumpers included a Filipino word. Not filicite, that’s got nothing to do with Filipinos.
And thamakau, which has nothing to do with cows.
Now that’s a Filipino word.
And co-champ Gokul Venkatacham got it in the 7th round.
The U.S. has tried for years to keep the Spratly Island situation from being the small thing that becomes the big thing in world affairs.
But now it seems, China is ready to go all in on the little islands that from a satellite cam look like little amoeba.
Last week, a U.S. surveillance plane operation was sternly warned for flying over the area. This week, China released a new White Paper, letting all the world know that China is in fact beefing up its Navy and is ready to attack if attacked upon.
So now it’s not just the Philippines getting bullied. How does the U.S. respond?
First things first. Get to know your Spratlys.
Read more in my column at www.aaldef.org/blog.