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Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., May 17

Posted on 17 May 2013 by Drew Forrester

Riders up!

To me, the professional horse racing jockey might be the most interesting athlete in sports.

I mean that.

And please don’t be the nitwit who says “those little guys aren’t athletes”.

You bet your rear-end they are.

I recently went out to Pimlico with the family and , being a Sunday and all, we were able to get right down near the entrance to the paddock and watch the whole process of the horses getting prepared for the race and the jockeys saddling up.  Then, to watch them commandeer those horses around the track…a 100 pound guy in control of a 1,500 pound animal — well, it’s an amazing talent to watch in person.

Anyway — I’m guessing Joel Rosario is the winning jockey in Saturday’s running of the Preakness at Pimlico.

Yes, I’m picking Orb to win on Saturday.

I’ll go with the Orb-Goldencents-Mylute ticket and see if I can’t make a few bucks there.

Speaking of the Preakness, it’s just about time we “man-up” (as opposed to saddle-up) and tell Tom Chuckas and the people at Pimlico that they were right back in 2009.

It’s probably still not completely done to their liking, but the people in charge of running the Preakness have just about “fixed it” like they said they were going to when they announced five years ago you’d no longer be able to bring your own booze into the infield and act like a lunatic and endanger other race fans.

As Tom Chuckas noted with me on Thursday during an interview on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction, they’re now able to sign sponsors like the watch maker Longines, something they couldn’t have done in 2005 or 2008 when the race at Pimlico on the 3rd Saturday of May featured derelict behavior, upwards of 300 hospital admissions and countless arrests for drinking too much and acting like a buffoon.  The only national company that would have sponsored the Preakness back in 2008 would have been Tylenol.  Now, upscale companies and products see the Preakness as a chance to market their product to a group of people who are of sound enough mind to actually see, hear and absorb the message.

Arrests, hospital visits and shameful behavior by infield-goers is down, significantly.  We all know it’s tied into alcohol, which proves once again that Chuckas and his group were right for eliminating the “bring your own booze and get so hammered you lose control of your faculties” crowd.

I don’t have to tell Chuckas he was right.  I was one of the few in the market who applauded The Maryland Jockey Club for their decision back in 2009.  I figured they were doing the right thing back then and now, in 2013, it’s apparent they were.

If you haven’t been to the Preakness in a decade or so, give it a shot next year.  I think you’ll find it much more to your liking.


Chad Johnson – ex-Bengals receiver – has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to abide by the requirements of his probation.

Oddly enough, the Bengals themselves used to file warrant requests for Johnson nearly every Monday morning.  Their charge against him?  “Failure to appear” in the game the day before.





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Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., May 16

Posted on 16 May 2013 by Drew Forrester

I’m not trying to rush to judgment or anything, and three games isn’t the largest sample size in the world, but enough with the Freddy Garcia experiment already.

This is one time where Dan Duquette’s love for bargain-hunting didn’t work out for the Orioles.

We might discover the same thing in a week or two once Jair Jurrjens has made three or four starts.  Sure, these reclamation projects occasionally pan out, but more often than not, a pitcher who was once decent and then becomes mediocre-at-best  usually doesn’t return to glory.

In defense of Jurrjens, he’s much younger than Garcia and has some tread left on his tires, even though he doesn’t have any cartilage in one of his knees.

I’d give Garcia two more starts, max, to see if he can rightfully claim one of the starting rotation spots.  If we don’t see any improvement, bid him farewell and move on.


I don’t know what to make of the Rolando McClain “retirement” other than to say he probably saved the Ravens and Ozzie Newsome a lot of heartache.

I subscribe to the age-old theory: “A leopard’s spots never change…they just fade a little.”

McClain hasn’t displayed any ability to stay “incident free” with the police over the last couple of years, unless you count the last month or so since he was last arrested in Alabama.  He’s been fine in the month of May, I suppose.

Anyway, he wasn’t going to succeed here.

More than anything, I hope he turns his life around and goes on to do whatever makes him happy.

If it takes retiring from the NFL to get himself straightened out, then we should all applaud McClain for doing the right thing before he hurt himself or others.


I heard a caller yesterday comment on Bernard Pollard’s decision to not attend the Ravens’ formal ring-presentation ceremony.  Said caller opined that Pollard was right to not show up and “be forced to act like he respected Harbaugh when Harbaugh disrespected him so much”.

I assume lots of folks around town will carry the same opinion on this subject.

First, let me say this.  Bernard Pollard has every right to show up – or not – for the ring ceremony.  If he decides to just have the Ravens “ship it to me” – as he said in a recent interview – that’s his choice.  But, if he literally can’t fly to Baltimore and join his now ex-teammates (and some of those guys are now ex-Ravens like him) because of a dislike for John Harbaugh, then he’s probably proving a point the Ravens were forced to make by letting him go in March.

I know this for sure about John Harbaugh:  If Bernard Pollard showed up in Baltimore to get his ring, Harbaugh would greet him with a professional handshake and a hug and say, “You were an important part of the championship team, Bernard.  You deserve that ring.”

I don’t think Harbaugh would ask Pollard out for a steak dinner while he was in town, but John would be respectful enough to welcome him back for the ceremony.

I also heard a caller offer this gem:  “Harbaugh can’t just start cutting players because they like to have a say about how the team is run.”

Wrong, kid.

The head coach can make whatever judgment he wants about HIS locker room.  If, in his expert opinion, “Player A” isn’t a good fit anymore, the head coach has the right to dismiss said player.

If you don’t like the job the head coach is doing – which includes the decisions he makes – then you can always dismiss the head coach.

Let’s think about that for a second…

John Harbaugh.

Bernard Pollard.

Who stays?

Who goes?

We won’t embarrass Pollard with the answer.



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