Bless me, readers, for I have sinned.

Nothing, unfortunately, along the titillating lines of St. Augustine…but my Catholic upbringing does, on occasion, lead me to unburden that which is weighing on my soul. I can only hope that you will find my sins venial as opposed to mortal, and assign me penance and grant me absolution accordingly.

I have no interest in awards of any kind: Eclipse, Oscar, Most Valuable Player, Most Improved. Most of them serve only to further line the pockets of those receive them and to provide an opportunity for bickering about who won what and why. Achievement should stand on its own—why must accomplishment be granted by observers?

I can’t make myself pay attention to California racing. I get that there are great horses out West, and interesting stories, and every year, I vow that I’ll watch and read and know those horses; and every year, I break that vow. Mary Forney, forgive me!

I don’t care when Nicanor is going to make his first start (and yes, I know it’s this weekend—how could I miss it?). The Race is Not to the Swift takes pity on this poor colt and the large horseshoes he is being asked to fill…worshipping a false idol, indeed. Then again, perhaps the best idols are dead ones, because they can’t let us down.

The Kentucky Derby interests me not. For the next three months, it’s all three year old colts, all the time…yawn. They’ll be followed and scrutinized and touted, and when they finish up the track, all of that publicity will disappear, as will they, and all of that time we devoted to them, at the expense of fillies and mares and older horses and turf races, will have been for naught. Pyro, anyone?

Apostasy, sacrilege, blasphemy: I humbly beg your forgiveness. And now, a few dozen hundred Hail Marys and Our Fathers await…

10 thoughts on “Confessions

  1. As Sister Mary Leonard would say, “The penance should correspond with the gravity and nature of the sins committed.” And then she’d wrap Bobby Bender across the knuckles with a ruler because he was screwing around instead of paying attention in class.Anyway, be on the safe side: Toss in a little extra during the second collection at Mass.

  2. er-I would not worry much what the Catholic Church would think, they have other problems:The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case.The probe, in which U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O’Brien is personally involved, is aimed at determining whether Mahony, and possibly other church leaders, committed fraud by failing to adequately deal with priests accused of sexually abusing children, said the sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

  3. Pitchers and catchers report in 17 days. If you were serious about seeking penance, you would turn your thoughts to following the Cubs. There is still time to wait for next year.That is enough penance for almost anything.

  4. Spoken like a true Catholic, Sue–no indulgence that can’t be purchased!WG and RP: I’ve been a Rangers’ fan for nearly forty years–doesn’t that count for anything? Dana: Pyro is one lucky horse to have you in his corner…I’ll try to be nicer.

  5. Teresa, my Derby horse has come from the Holy Bull Stakes over the last few years. That runs tomnorrow at Gulfstream. I don’t know why I pay attention to that particular race; I guess it’s because it tends to give me long shots like Like Now and Closing Argument (second in 2005 at 71-1 to Giacomo, with Afleet Alex holding for third).

  6. You are forgiven. :)Even tho I agree with you that we spend so much energy following 3-y-o colts, some of whom will be gone in a flash, I just can’t help myself! Mea culpa.

  7. OK, I can agree with you on the awards and the West coast horses (sorry!) but I love seeing the new crop of three year olds. Yes most of them will be gone in a flash but it’s exciting while it lasts!

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