1. Horse Racing Needs to Embrace Criticism

    Don't kid yourself; you don't care about horse racing. At the very least, you don't care about it 362 days a year.You might, might, watch the Kentucky Derby. Fine.If you don't have plans, heck, you might, might, even watch the Preakness...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about 5 years ago 1,352 reads 3 comments

  2. The Real NFL Draft Grades

    I’m grading the only way the NFL draft should be graded...based on the quality of the player’s name. As you will see, there is absolutely no bias in these ratings whatsoever...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about 5 years ago 804 reads 3 comments

  3. Angel Cabrera's Win, Not Perry's Collapse, Story of 2009 Masters

    There it was, on the front page of ESPN.com, Cabrera holding a thumbs-up and a caption that made it seem like he won by default...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 1,005 reads 3 comments

  4. Why the NCAA May Have Just Crossed the Line from Absurd to WTF

    This is the NCAA. This is the NCAA you and I pretend to love because, really, what would we do without college football? You breathe and die by the fall, right? I know I do. But I also know that this is the NCAA...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 862 reads 8 comments

  5. Nick Adenhart: Any Way You Look at It, It's Murder

    I don't want to know what was going through Andrew Gallo's mind. I don't want to know why the wrong men died. It's hard to say someone deserved to die, but if anyone did, it was Gallo...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 1,239 reads 9 comments

  6. Secluded Scout Who Found Ryan, Sutton, Pujols Dead at 86

    You probably don't know the story of Edgar Willard, not unless you knew the man. He did not want you to know him; he did not want you to know his story. Sure, people tried. What a funny word, tried...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 100 reads 0 comments

  7. Print Media to Blame for Horse Racing Becoming Irrelevant

    Everyone has his theory as to why horse racing has become irrelevant: it does not transplant well to television; it’s a sport for degenerates; it’s too dangerous; the tracks are poorly managed...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 443 reads 5 comments

  8. Root for a One-Legged Wrestler? Not Over My Boy!

    Great stories are great. Great stories are fun. Unless they have to go through your team. Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles was born without a right hip bone, meaning he also was born without a right leg...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 628 reads 0 comments

  9. Second Chances, Forgiveness, Not Applicable for Everyone

    This is good news. Well, it's bad news, but for me it's good news. I've never believed in second chances, at least not when you do something this unethical. Now I have a second story to back me up...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 1,092 reads 10 comments

  10. Middlesbrough's Relegation Battle on Verge of Failure

    It’s been more than half a year since Middlesbrough went to Anfield and almost secured the biggest shocker of the season. Sure, it was only the second match of the campaign, but Boro never win crucial matches...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 17 reads 2 comments

  11. Safin-Federer: Tale of Two Matches

    There were two tennis matches played late Friday night in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, and I’m not including Jelena Dokic’s three-set thriller over Caroline Wozniaki...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 476 reads 4 comments

  12. Fox's BCS Coverage Makes Move to ESPN Make Sense

    The only thing more disastrous than Bob Stoops’s red-zone offensive playcalling Thursday night was Fox’s coverage of the Bowl Championship Series. And it was disastrous...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 449 reads 2 comments

  13. Coach of the Year Voting was Off the Mark

    Each year, I’m more and more convinced that the NFL’s Coach of the Year Award goes to the most improved team without regard to actual coaching ability...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 216 reads 3 comments

  14. From Belmont to Breeders' Cup: Horse Racing's Interim Story

    Insert cliché. Does it really matter which one I use?Horse racing is at a crossroads…Horse racing is hoping that any publicity is good publicity…Horse racing is down to its ...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about over 5 years ago 208 reads 1 comments

  15. Tom Brady Fans Need To Get a Grip on Reality

    [The following is a retort to an article in the Oct. 3, 2008 issue of the Rice Thresher, which can be found here.] Let’s get one thing out of the way first: I don’t care about the National Football League...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 1,128 reads 1 comments

  16. Oklahoma and Southern California Will Play for the BCS Title

    Pen it in now. Jot it down. Permanent ink. It's not going to change.Oklahoma will play Southern California for the national title. It's set. Plan your trip to Miami.Not Georgia, not Florida, not Wake Forest, not Wisconsin...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 563 reads 18 comments

  17. Lack of Television Coverage of Paralympics Is a Crime

    Will someone slap me in the face? Please? Will someone bring me back to reality?Not tomorrow or next week, not after Hurricane Ike destroys my apartment in the upcoming 24 hours, not on Saturday when I find out, but now...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 813 reads 1 comments

  18. Laveranues Coles is Still a Hero

    This is not topical. Not at all. It is not breaking news; heck, it barely was three years ago. It should have been, but things like this never are. We don't think of NFL stars as people...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 1,889 reads 6 comments

  19. Horse Racing Needs Big Brown vs. Curlin More Than Ever

    Some things disappear. Vanish. Just go away.Sure, there are reasons, explanations, scapegoats, but the simple fact is that things disappear.Unfortunately, down that same path more things might disappear...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 345 reads 0 comments

  20. I Was Wrong, Michael Phelps Is the Story of the Olympics

    I was wrong.There, I said it. I'm man enough to admit it. I'm human enough to admit it.I was wrong. 100 percent. Not even close to correct. W-R-O-N-G. No way around the bush...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 1,537 reads 13 comments

  21. Ten Most-Needed Changes to Professional Tennis

    Now, there are many things that need to be changed in how professional tennis is operated. What I have here are the first 10 changes. There is no rhyme or reason to the order per se, but these are the first 10 alterations I would make...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 2,626 reads 7 comments

  22. Beijing Olympics - Week One: The Real Stories

    There is Elizabeth Poblete of Chile, smiling jubilantly Friday afternoon after she snatched 86 kilograms on her first attempt in the 75-kilogram weightlifting women's final...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 980 reads 2 comments

  23. Oak Tree to Unretire Seven of the Greatest Jockeys of All-Time, and Julie Krone

    Something here is not right.Like the kids game, which of these is not like the other: Cordero, Vasquez, Hawley, Day, McCarron, Bailey, Stevens, Krone...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 67 reads 2 comments

  24. Alabama Fan Shows That Sports, Too, Can Be Inhuman

    I missed this story. Completely. Had no idea about it. And in some way, I'm glad I did. It's just so inconceivable, so inhuman that I would rather not even know about it.And until now, I did not know about it, living in permanent ignorance...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 1,271 reads 11 comments

  25. Pimlico Race Course as Good as Closed

    This might as well be the end. This might as well be a funeral.For the past two decades, every horse racing news out of Maryland was one of contraction...

    Burton DeWitt Written by Burton DeWitt about almost 6 years ago 665 reads 2 comments