Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Belmont Stakes

So I'm watching the running of the 152nd  Belmont.

I gotta admit I was wiping tears from my eyes.  Why? A lot of reasons. First, I'm a New Yorker. After all it's been through it was great to see pictures of the city. To see Governor Cuomo who's been so strong, so fireside chatty, the voice of reason every day during this pandemic say "Riders Up."

 So cool.

To see shots of Manhattan. To see shots of Times Square. To be reminded  that no New York bred horse has won this race since 1882.

So cool.

Mike Tirico and his commentary?

So cool.

Frank Sinatra singing New York New York. If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere.

So cool.

Part of the reason for the tears was watching that race and seeing the empty stands and understanding why. Part of the new normal is to not be in crowds and I get that but still. To see a sporting event with an empty stadium was something to see.

Okay, on to the race.

The New York thoroughbred they were all talking about was Tiz the Law. He was favored but you know the old saying-you still have to run the race. See sometimes in sports the favorite wins, but sometimes...

You never know.

Well guess what kids? He won. And I'm on my bed, along with Lola the Dog, with my arm in the air hollering and whooping at the TV. For Tiz the Law, for the Belmont, and for the fact that a lot of us have missed sports on TV.

These are strange times. Covid-19, the protests everywhere because of police brutality and racial injustice, the economy so scary; masks, masks, and more masks. It's tough watching the news because it seems it's always bad news.

But here comes the Belmont to remind us of other things. It was great to see that. And it was great to have something on TV that was just sports. 

Tiz the Law, New York bred and the winner. Never heard of him before today.

And I'm glad I did.

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