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  • What do Zenyatta and Boise State have in common? More than you'd expect.

       October 18, 2010

    West of the Rocky Mountains, two unstoppable forces have gathered momentum over the past few years. Their very presence threatens the traditional east coast sports/media establishment. Of course, I'm talking about Zenyatta and the Boise State Broncos.

    Since Zenyatta's first race on 11/22/07, the horse and the football team are a combined 51-3 (all three losses belong to Boise State). In spite of this record, both are much maligned. They play on weird surfaces. They're only tough at home. Their competition is crap.

    Through it all, they still win and they still drive their critics crazy. And just look at how much they have in common.

    Plays onBlue turfSynthetic dirt
    Doesn't normally compete againstmajor conference teamsmales
    Doesn't post goodstrength of schedule numbersBeyer Speed Figures
    Was passed over in favor ofTexasRachel Alexandra
    Hated byESPNAndy Beyer
    Faced challenges bywinning bowl games over major conference opponentsbeating males in the Breeders Cup Classic
    Hit the road tobeat Virginia Techwin the Apple Blossom Handicap (on dirt)
    A horseis its logohas never defeated her
    East coast mediacan't stay up late enough to watch them playdon't believe racing west of Kentucky is legitimate
    Has distinguished themselves withtrick playsdance moves
    Hasn't lost since12/23/08ever

    Posted by kris at October 18, 2010 02:07 PM

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    #  October 18th, 2010 2:33 PM      james
    We need to get rid of the Triple Crown and replace it with a horsey playoff system.  
    #  October 18th, 2010 2:36 PM      kris
    That's the whole theory behind the development of the Breeders Cup. Prior to 1984, championships were often determined on a "who do you think would win" basis. The idea of the Breeders Cup was to bring the best horses from around the country and eventually around the world together to determine championships on the track.

    The fact that Rachel Alexandra skipped the Breeders Cup and was named Horse of the Year last year was like if the Vikings decided that they didn't need to play in the Super Bowl to be World Champions last year.  
    #  October 18th, 2010 2:38 PM      kris
    Damn, I should have sold bumper stickers online:

    Rachel Alexandra isn't my Horse of the Year  



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