I Want Revenge Is Derby Scratch, Wants Revenge

Bedlam, horror, and panic rule the day today, as the morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Derby, I Want Revenge, was scratched from today’s race this morning. Let’s get this straight: they’re doing this to a giant, muscular animal that is actually named “I Want Revenge.” This can’t end well.

I WANT REVENGE
(”I also want oats. But mainly REVENGE.”)

What’s strange about his scratch is that it’s due to an ankle injury… only it isn’t. You see, I Want Revenge isn’t really hurt. Not yet, anyway. According to the AP, this came down to a routine examination and something called a “hot spot”: Read more…

Blog-O-Bama: Barack’s High School Best in Sports

• SPORTS ILLUSTRATED votes Barack Obama’s alma mater as the best high school athletic program in the country.

Barack Obama high school basketball

• WITH LEATHER flies in the story of a couple of Hofstra hotties who almost missed graduation to try out for the Jets’ cheerleading squad.

• NE PATRIOTS DRAFT beats a dead horse, as they wonder how Arlen Specter would ring up the Eight Belles tragedy.

• GOSSIP GIRLS catches Eva Longoria Parker getting herself ready for her hubby’s first night of work in L.A.

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Oh Yeah, They’re Running The Preakness Today

After the injury and subsequent euthanizing of Eight Bells at the Derby two weeks ago, there hasn’t been much fanfare heading into this year’s Preakness, which runs today.

Eight Belles Kentucky Derby

Thoughts of Big Brown winning the Triple Crown have been replaced with a general uneasiness about the race — and the entire industry of horse racing. Read more…

German Filly Goes Flying In Mid-Race Somersault

Now here’s a horse you can really fall head over heels for - if she hadn’t already done it herself.

Horse somersault

The LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH has the story of a filly who went flying into a shocking somersault during a recent race in Germany: Read more…

Moss Makes It w/Miss KY; Eight Belles’ Revenge

SbB’s back from the Virgin Islands to the not-so-virgin South Beach.

Randy Moss has his own dirty Derby with Miss Kentucky USA.

Randy Moss Alysha Noel Harris

• Meanwhile, Mike Tirico gets the runaround from a PETA spokesperson when trying to ask a question about the Eight Belles tragedy.

• But the fallen filly is getting her revenge, thanks to this heavy horse in England.

• A Chicago columnist blows up over blow-up dolls in the White Sox clubhouse.

• That writer needs to relax. May this baby buy you a beer?

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PETA Kooks Now Legit Thanks To Eight Belles?

I have to laugh when I see PETA continually being cited by numerous main media outlets when it comes to the heated debate over Eight Belles. It’s a great example of what happens when money and celebrity get behind something - logic goes out the window.

Pam Anderson Eight Belles PETA Extremists soil debate

(No meat, no milk, no pets, no hunting or fishing … no problem!)

We all know about the kooks running PETA, and their laughable approach to animal rights. Actually, forget laughable, sometimes their views are downright insane. But the organization has plenty of cash and Hollywood star power behind it, so when it rushed out a press release in an attempt to weigh in first on measures that should be taken to protect racehorses, suddenly the MSM treated PETA like it was a well-measured consortium of animal lovers.

Mind you, this is the same PETA that believes in “no meat, no milk, no zoos, no circuses, no wool, no leather, no hunting, no fishing, and no pets (not even seeing-eye dogs).

And teaches schoolchildren that, “everyday behaviors, such as eating a diet that contains meat or animal products, are unmistakably, unequivocally acts of animal cruelty.

So now thousands of outlets are printing PETA’s views on Eight Belles and horse racing at large. And ESPN has cited PETA hundreds (thousands?) of times on its numerous platforms this week.

If PETA didn’t have major celebs like Pam Anderson (in quasi-porn ads for the cause), Tony LaRussa and Alec Baldwin in fold, do you think that would all be happening?

But all that isn’t the worst in the PETA-Eight Belles fiasco. Thanks to the Tirico & Van Pelt show on ESPN Radio yesterday, we now know that the organization is a complete fraud when it comes to understanding the very basics of horse racing.

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Eight Belles’ Revenge: Show Horse Attacks Crowd

Since Eight Belles’ tragic injury at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, coupled with Barbaro’s drama from a few years ago, questions are being raised over the safety and protection of race horses. And PETA is unsurprisingly getting in the act, demanding that Eight Belles’ jockey be suspended & investigated.

Eight Belles Kentucky Derby

However, as people wonder what can be done to protect these steeds, one galloping vigilante has taken matters into his own hands … er, hooves.

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Blog-A-Roni: Samantha Steele Next Erin Andrews?

• Move over, Allie LaForce: WHEN KEGSTANDS GO WRONG serves up yet another collegiate challenger to someday succeed sideline siren Erin Andrews - Liberty University sports reporter Samantha Steele:

Samantha Steele college sports reporter next Erin Andrews

Better watch your back, Erin!

Erin Andrews Skin-Tight Pants Photos

On second thought, we’ll watch it for you.

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• DEADSPIN feels pretty, oh so pretty, as the WNBA gives their rookie class some fashion tips.

• Papa John’s wants to make up for their LeBron James “Crybaby” shirts by offering Clevelanders 23-cent pizzas. Unfortunately, the garlic sauce will now cost $11.99.

Darren Rovell of CNBC knows Big Brown is in good hands, as the Kentucky Derby winner is insured for $50 million.

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Blog-O-Palooza: Blogs Are Taking Over The World

  • Ryan Parker is back with his latest song, an ode to sports blogs in the wake of the Will Leitch/Buzz Bissinger fiasco. We were happy to be mentioned.

Buzz Bissinger Will Leitch Costas Now

  • ODENIZED has his take on the Bruce Bowen - Chris Paul mini-melee from last night’s game (with video). Read more…

Here Come The Eight Belles Message Boards

The Derby was marked with joy and sadness yesterday–almost simultaneously. As the celebration for Big Brown’s victory began, fans noticed that filly Eight Belles (finished second) had pulled a Dan Jansen and fallen to the track.

Eight Belles Kentucky Derby

When the veterinary staff came to the scene, they realized how gruesome her injuries were. Read more…