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I wouldn't bet on Big Brown

May 19, 2008 - Craig Harvey
Maybe it's me, but it seems like every year when a sports team has all the hype and is favored to win their respective championship, they always fail. Remember when Gary Payton and Karl Malone joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003-04 for their final chance at a ring? They joined a talented team that had Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal (in his prime). Their were role players such as "Big Shot Bob" Robert Horry, Derek Fisher and Devon George. Four future hall of famers on the starting roster made them favorites to win the championship at the beginning of the year. In the end, they were knocked off by the Detroit Pistons in the championship. How about this past season's New England Patriots? Quarterback Tom Brady with receivers like Randy Mos and the resurgent Wes Welker, with Laurence Maroney in the backfield. Defensively, they had Junior Seau, Mike Vrabel and Teddy Bruschi at linebacker with Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour on the defensive line. Sure they lived up to the hype for the first 18 games. But in the end, the Patriots were unable to seal the deal and get that championship. In the past, I have always loved watching these "untouchable" teams lose. The ones that are a "lock to win a championship," never do. Now 3-year-old thoroughbread Big Brown tries to become the first horse in 30 years to complete the Triple Crown as all he needs to do is win the Belmont Stakes. Almost anyone would say one would be a fool not to place a bet on Big Brown. For me, sports history proves Big Brown's "all but complete" triple crown status is anything but complete. Just ask Tom Brady and Randy Moss.


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