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Monday, April 13, 2009


These past few weekends we have reached some important sporting conclusions. We know that the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are the best college basketball team in the land with the conclusion of the Final Four and their demolition of all before them.

We know the kids at Miami (Ohio), that have never won a NCAA national championship in any sport, let one slip away when the Terriers of Boston University scored two late goals and then one in overtime to capture the Frozen Four this weekend in Washington, D.C.

We know the Nats…well…we apologize in advance…but, it appears that they “suck.” The are 0-for-2009 heading into today’s home opener.

We also know that it was cold and rainy at the Strawberry Hill Races down at Colonial Downs this weekend. Strawberry Hill is like the Virginia Gold Cup’s little sister…more on those races tomorrow.

Yesterday Angel Cabrera won the Masters. He’s from Argentina. Besides the two-time major winner Mr. Cabrera, do you know for what else the Argentines are famous? If you said “horses,” you would be correct. (Yes, there are other answers that are also correct, but we’re trying to bring this thing in for a landing…)

Argentina is the world's undisputed polo mecca, home to the game's best players and horses. For years, they have exported high-goal polo players to the U.S. and other parts of the polo world where they have long been the dominant force in the sport.

In fact, some of them even wind up playing in the summer at Great Meadow after the single most important event at the particular venue – the Virginia Gold Cup – is concluded.

So now that those events are behind us, we only have the quasi-death march that appears to be the Nationals long baseball season, a horrific Wizards team who will miss the seeming endless NBA playoffs and a very good Caps team of which to keep track.

Yes, Wahoos, we know you have a good lacrosse team, but we’ll get to that later as well…

Oh, and the Redskins? The draft? Well…no, don’t even think about it ‘cause you know they’re gonna monkey it up.

So with that as a framework, we clearly have sufficient time and resources to focus on the first Saturday in May.

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