Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are going to rock the Derby broadcast.
The gut-punch reaction to this would be any of the following words: nauseating, terrifying, confusing.
America loves Olympic figure skating and, by extension, Johnny and Tara. The thing is, they will likely be unsettlingly entertaining and more tolerable than Michelle Beadle. Beadle seemed a bit too irreverent for NBC, who takes its Derby broadcasts seriously. NBC will gladly point you to its stunning array of Eclipse Awards.
It's a ratings grab for the female viewers, and Johnny and Tara will, no doubt, bait some people into hearing what on earth they will possibly say. It's a day of horses and fashion. Guess what they'll be talking about?
It just so happened that Weir once wore a fur-covered sombrero to the Kentucky Derby. Perhaps (awesome surname alert) Matt Bonesteel of The Washington Post said it best, "If [Weir] doesn’t break out that sombrero again, America loses."
The risk in horse racing is a fatal injury to a horse. Johnny and Tara may be inviting innocent eyes into the broadcast that aren't ready for such atrocity, real as it is in horse racing.
Here's hoping all the horses and jockeys for the entire day have safe trips and that Johnny and Tara bring some much-needed flair. Heck, put them next to Tom Hammond and see what happens.