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07 May 2009

Four Interesting Nuggets from this week's SI

1. Sign of the Apocalypse: "A player on the English soccer club Chorlton Villa received a yellow card for breaking wind as an opponent took a penalty kick."
2. Freddie "the Joke Coach" Roach on Manny Pacquiao's upcoming schedule: "'We will fight Floyd [Mayweather]. Let him hang back on the ropes and not engage. Manny will beat the s--- out of him.'" Dear Freddie, You're right about one thing: Manny will fight Floyd. But I'll be in Vegas that night, and the only shit that going to get beat out of anything is my wallet, but the Bellagio. Sincerely, Brian
3. Oh, so I shouldn't hate new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels? Well, who cares; I still do.
4. Mine that Bird's comeback was more miraculous than it appeared on TV.
Borel passed 18 horses in 21 explosive seconds. He shot by General Quarters on the rail, swept outside past Atomic Rain, ducked inside, and just past the three-sixteenths pole squeezed through a tiny gap between Join in the Dance and the rail. Mine That Bird has no stones, but Borel's are big enough for both of them.
"Nobody goes to the wood [rail] like Calvin Borel," said Kent Desormeaux, who rode 2008 Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown and finished 12th on Saturday aboard Hold Me Back. "I swear his horse almost made himself skinnier for Calvin on that one. It was one of the most patient, skilled rides ever."


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