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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence — With so much uncertainty with respect to how the college football season will play out thanks to the pandemic, there are some impressive fan attendance streaks and accomplishments that could be in jeopardy. Two such fans have consecutive games streaks and two have near-perfect attendance at their team’s home games stretching back several decades. One of the fans, with his team in the Ivy League, has attended 307 of the last 308 Bulldogs home games. Obviously he will not be attending games this fall. As for the other three, one has attended 446 of the past 449 Pitt Panthers home games. Then there is a female fan that has attended all 276 of South Florida’s games – home and away – including a flight from Singapore to the U.S. in order to catch a Bulls game. Finally there is the story of a fan that has accumulated a streak of 349 USC games, which began at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1992. I’m guessing that at least their cardboard cutouts will be present at home games this campaign. For more on these fascinating football fans’ streaks click here.

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This is not a Tik Tok storyline. Problematic WR Antonio Brown is said to be in talks with the Seattle Seahawks. While Brown’s current NFL suspension for sexual assault is under review by the NFL, Seahawks GM John Schneider has often repeated that the organization wants “to be in every deal” in which he feels could make their team better. Making matters more bizzare, Seattle WR Josh Gordon is also currently reapplying for reinstatement to return to the Seahawks after being suspended for substance abuse violation by the league for the sixth time last season. If Charlie Brown were to get wind of all of this his comment would surely be “good grief.”

Grinding Out The Profits

2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Football Outsiders suggests that NFL running backs usually decline after age 28, tight ends after age 29, wide receivers after age 30, and quarterbacks after age 32. It may have taken him quite a while longer, but soon to be 44-yard QB Tom Brady, the new signal caller for the Tampa Bay, is showing signs of regression and it’s one reason Bill Belichick let him walk. Remember, after waving Browns revered QB Bernie Kosar as the head coach Cleveland in November, 1993 and handing to ball over to Todd Philcox – the ‘Guy with the Clipboard’ – a mean Belichick declared that “Basically, it came down to his production and a diminishing of his physical skills.” It should be known, that last season Brady, over the past decade, posted his worst off-target percentage (21.7) rate and his second-worst passer rating in the red zone of the past decade (91.3). His QBR was just 20.5, which is less than half of his previous low of the decade, at 49.4, and the third-worst mark in the league. Just sayin’.

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