Beware of the Madness of March

Most live on the couch only to get up for chips, a beverage or the occasional trip to the bathroom. The idea of waiting for a big school to fall to the smaller foe is the ultimate goal for the non-gambling fan or if you had ABC Tech going all the way as the upset dog. – I know it sounds like a longshot, but when it happens it leaves your mouth hanging wide open in disbelief. – Ah, March Madness. It only comes once a year, but the action is well worth it.

March Madness is a time for all fans to belly to the bar and eat more wings than the law allows. That’s OK. It only comes once a year and the wait needs a reward. – Chaminade is a small school. The kind you root for as they just don’t have much of a chance. – Everyone roots for the underdog and this game would have probably been thought of as David vs five Goliaths. – The year was 1982 and unbeknownst to fans, it would be the year of the biggest upset in hoops. – This small school with only 1,000 students was playing a powerhouse by the name of Virginia. It looked all but over, but they still play the game. – And 36 years later, they were still talking about the biggest upset in college basketball. – That was until Friday when U.M.B.C beat top-ranked Virginia 74-54. The first time a #1 seed was upset by a 16th seeded team ever in the N.C.A.A. Tournament. – Virginia is going to be the Jeopardy question of who is the school to be twice beaten as the biggest upset in March Madness history. – It happens…..

There was a conversation between two friends about the races this past weekend. – It’s all good, and there’s nothing better than the trading of ideas about the races. – The big race that was taking center stage was the G2 Rebel Stakes. You know, the race where Bob Baffert has won more times than any other trainer and was battling a curse with this colt who would have no chance on the Derby trail. – It was a rainy Derby day in 1882, a young gelding by the name of Apollo was guided swiftly by his jockey weaving through tiring horses. Jockey Babe Hurd and Apollo were now nose-to-nose with the 4-5 favorite Runnymede in the final 200 yards to the wire. Digging deep through the mud, with a breath-taking drive Apollo beats the favorite that day by a body length. Though it has been 136 years from that raining day more than a century ago; Apollo’s name is revisited each year, and we are reminded once again about one of the oldest curses in sports, according to Horse Race Nation.

The prep is the G2 Rebel going a 1 1/16 with a colt by Malibu Moon who was two-in-a-row. His name is Magnum Moon from the red-hot Todd Pletcher barn and he was a perfect 2/2 chock full of bullet works in the morning. I loved him, and the only attack for the argument was he had the “Curse of Apollo.” – 1882 was a long time for a colt not to win without having a race as a two-year-old. But, that’s what makes horse racing, and I sure liked his action. – He was battling Solomini trained by Baffert who should probably have the race named after him as he has won it more than any other trainer in history. He looked great making his first start in 2018 since he was DQ’d in the Los Al Derby beating McKinzie. – The bullet works, the connections, and Baffert’s timing would have you chomping at the bit to take even money and swear it was a gift. – That was until a few minutes later and Magnum Moon drew off under a stranglehold. He looked the real deal and the talk can officially begin. – Curses are made to be broken, and longshots can take any team at any time. Just ask Virginia. – So grab your mojo bag, wear your lucky hat and cross your fingers. Let the Madness begin. – Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies!