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The Preakness is upon us, and with Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom installed as the worthy 2-1 Morning Line favourite, there is not too much left to ponder except what to do to watch and/or celebrate the race. We all know that the Kentucky Derby is about fancy hats, mint juleps and red roses. What [...]

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It’s just under 2 days till the 136th Preakness, and the field has been drawn.  Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby, has been made the morning line favourite at 2-1.  I would expect his odds to be lower at post time, probably 6-5 or even money.  He won the Derby gamely although the pace [...]

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Spitballin’, (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a new feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because after a game like last night’s there are lots of things to find and colour. While we covered most of them in the I Watched This Game post, Daniel would have been writing for six more hours if he tried to hit absolutely everything. Here are a few more topics that deserve mention.

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Like Richard Loney sprinting through the Star Spangled Banner, the Sharks came out flying tonight. Not literally, of course, as flying sharks would be absolutely terrifying, but metaphorically. After an initial push by the Canucks, an early penalty gave the Sharks a chance to find their feet (sharks with feet would also be terrifying), getting a powerplay goal and hitting a post on a near-open net shortly after. Unfortunately for them, that increased speed and intensity barely matched where the Canucks already were. The Canucks responded by becoming even faster and more intense. And while it is tempting to make this game all about Ben Eager’s lack of discipline that then spread to the rest of his team, that would do a disservice to how the Canucks outplayed the Sharks throughout the entire game. Yes, the score became awfully silly once the Sharks began parading to the penalty box (sharks on parade being the most terrifying mental image yet), but the Canucks earned the victory by being the better team, not just by taking advantage of the Sharks’ silliness. I should know: I watched this game.

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