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3/28/14

WW’S Headliner Notches Number100

Open the doors and print up a new membership card, WW headliner is now in the exclusive 100 win club.

In Friday night’s 6th race at the Birmingham Race Course, WW Headliner reached a milestone only achieved by 48 greyhounds in 90-plus years of North American racing. The win was her 18th if the 2014 season in twenty starts (the other two non winning outings were seconds) her 100 wins have been achieved in just 19 months. Her 65 victories in 2013, established a new all time wins mark for a single year.

” Headliner is in terms of sheer statistical achievement is putting up numbers that have never been accomplished,” said Birmingham Racing Commission and long time industry observer Kip Keefer.
” she has now won 92 of her last 117 races. That percentage is beyond remarkable. And, of those 25 misses, 20 were seconds.”

A ceremony to honor WW Headliner and her historic feat is being organized with the near future date to be announced soon. The March, 2011 daughter of WW Brother and WW’S Blue Bonnet, has just turned three years of age. With each win, she will move up on the all time list. The drama now lies in a possible pursuit for racing’s Holy Grail record. JR’S Ripper and his all time career mark of 143.

Big Dance Fast BreakThoughts

Well, if you love to be regaled with tales of David slaying Goliath, or Cindarella stealing the show at the ball, this is not the tournament for you. Can you say POWER CONFERENCES! The Sweet Sixteen is Blueblood City. Three teams each, Big 10, Pac 12 and yes doubters, haters and morons, the SEC. Two each Big 12 and American, one each ACC, Atlantic 10 and Mountain West . Don’t even go there to tell me Dayton is the sentimental story. Their league received six bids! Prominently absent, The Big Least.

I challenged seeding 30 minutes after brackets were announced. To have Kentucky and Wichita a state collide in Round Two was preposterous. I believe they are two of the top six teams in the whole shooting match and the Shockers are back for a premature stay in dull Wichita. Now, Kentucky gets to play Louisville, another of the six best teams. So in my book, only one of three of the top six teams is allowed to advance. I call that horrible seeding. Louisville a 4, Kentucky an 8, you have to be kidding?? I believe who you played in Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico before Thanksgiving, should be considered, not emphasized. Teams evolve and it is different in March than November. Did anyone watch Kentucky push the number one overall seed to the brink last Sunday. I don’t care what the computer print outs say, if there were at least 28 teams in this tournament better than UK, I will eat a heaping helping of (ugh) Brussells Sprouts. Tennessee, from the SEC, granted entry as the SEC’s third team only as a play in team. They were a considerable favorite as a play in 11 seed over a joke 6 seed U Mass and waxed them.
The SEC only had three deserving teams, granted. However, teams 4 thru 12 did not suck. Georgia, Missiuri, Arlansas, Ole Miss etc. would be competitive in any league. I suspect SEC denigraters resent the league due to football envy. The data may say its a subpar league, but in terms of athleticism and competition, it deserves more respect.

Most impressive league group so far, the Pac 12. UCLA and Arizona are humming. Stanford, uses a tree for a logo and stocks the floor with trees. They have ousted two excellent teams in New Mexico and Kansas. Oregon had Big10 Wisconsin on the ropes and let them get away. The Pac12 wiukd really been swabbing if that would have held.

Most electrifying team…Baylor, from the Big 12 is flat out schitso. In February, at 2-8 in their league, they were Dead Men in neon big ole shorts walking. Today, they demolished Crejghton and their sentimental father and son tandem of coach and player tandem of McDermotts. Unluckiest. Iowa State, a final four quality. Team who lost versatile 6-10 Geirge Niang yo a broken foot. Michigan State, picked by every “Exper” to win it all, is advancing. I still do not see their immortal status. They will have a rigid test against a precisioned Virginia team.

Here’s the thing, so much comes down to match ups and injuries, breaks and unlikely heroes. It’s all part of the ride we call March Madness. Take a breather, see you Thursday.

Any Old Kind Of Day

I whistled round today, and I skipped up a footloose jig,
To the Hurdy-Gurdy music of the street,
I looked up past those rooftops and I saw a cloudless sky,
But I keep on asking why my life is passing by,
And I’m left up high and dry,
But it ain’t no good to cry, so I shrug my useless sigh,
And I trust the things that other days will bring

NCAA Tournament

First Round Winners
Florida
Pitt
Stephen F Austin
UCLA
Dayton
Syracuse
New Mexico
Kansas

Virginia
Memphis
Harvard
Michigan St
North Carolina
Iowa St
U Conn
Villanova

Arizona
Gonzaga
N Dakota St
San Diego St
Nebraska
Creighton
Oregon
Wisconsin

Wichita St
Kentucky
St. Louis
Louisville
Tennessee
Duke
Arizona St
Michigan

WW Headliner

March 18, 2014
Immediate Release

Headliner Staging Historic Run in Birmingham

The sport of greyhound racing, has been an American parimutuel attraction and mainstay for nearly 100 years. Out of the tens of thousands of speedy, talented, magnificent four-legged stars of the show that have blazed around North American tracks, only 48 have reached the century mark milestone in wins. Now, a new Queen, in the Sport of a Queens, is rocketing toward membership in that exclusive club.

WW Headliner, owned by Julia Ward, kenneled and trained by Eric Griffin, captured her 98th career win Monday afternoon at the Birmingham Race Course. She is expected to shoot for 99 a Friday night which could set up the historic bid fir 100 early next week.

A look inside the numbers reveals that this red fawn daughter of WW Kiowa Brother and WW’s Blue Bonnet is authoring a run that is astounding and unprecedented. Just this month, Headliner, a March, 2011 product, is three years old. In the middle of her prime, barring injury, and at her current pace, she can completely rewrite the record book. She’s already set the record for most wins in a single year with 65 in 2013. Her to date, 98 wins have been achieved in 138 starts. In her last 115 races, she has rung up 90 wins! In that stretch, she also has 16 seconds and 7 thirds.

Despite the numbers (86-65-13-6-1 and the record for wins in a year, WW Headliner was not voted to the AGTOA first team of All Americans?? As if she is aware of the snub, her 2014 tirade on the track has even been more spectacular. Going into a Friday’s start, she has posted 17 wins and 2 seconds in her 19 new year starts.

Like the NCAA basketball tournament where strength of schedules are argued, there are those who may dismiss this star’s achievements citing her lack of quality competition. WW Headliner has beaten all comers for 18 months. Many if the vanquished have moved on too other, high level tracks and enjoyed success. She is defeating racing greyhounds, no malamutes or Border Collies have been entered. Consistency and unbelievable track savvy are her weapons. She goes to the lead or comes from behind. Inside, outside, rain or shine, blazing hot or freezing cold.

This greyhound is a phenomenon. She is rewriting the record book and the show that this Headliner is starring in, is a Smash Hit!!!

March Madness Field Set

NCAA Tournament Thoughts

No one reads my analysis and thoughts, but I will write them anyway,
After watching all the “experts” handicapping the field, it seems pointless to even play the games. Every single CBS and ESPN pundit, picked Tom Izzo and Michigan State to win it all. I must have been dozing off all season. I was not aware there was a team that was vastly superior to all others. But apparently, the excuse for their less than overwhelming regular season was injuries. Now they are healthy which equates to an automatic championship. Oh, and they are from the awe inspiring Big Ten. Admittedly, the league is excellent but nt as good as the clobbering, adoring media groupies believe. The Big 12, Pac12, ACC and Mountain West are on the same level. I’m going on record, here and now, the Spartans will NOT win the championship. It just is not that cut and dried.

I was fine with the teams selected with the exception of SMU being left out. I thought they were more deserving than Xavier and BYU. As in most years, I thought the seeding was poorly done. Louisville, a #4? What a joke! Kentucky an #8, Tennessee in a play in game, New Mexico a #7? On the over ranked side, UMass a #6, huh? Baylor and Ohio St are Aldo 6’s? Too high!

The regions stack up this way,
Midwest- Preposterously Stacked
South- Very Tough
East- Strong
West- By Far the Weak Link

South 1. Florida 2. Kansas 3.Syracuse 4. UCLA
First Round Picks
Pitt over Colorado
N Mex over Stanford
Dayton over Ohio St

West 1. Arizona 2. Wisconsin 3.Creighton 4.San Diego St
Gonzaga over Ok St
N Dak St over OK

Midwest
1. Wichita St 2.Michigan 3. Duke 4. Louisville
KY over Kan St

East
1.Virginia 2. Villanova 3. Iowa St 4. Michigan St

Meaning ??

The most inspiring speech or broadcast that is not heard is simply noise. All the knowledge imaginable not applied is useless. Brilliant innovative ideas not accepted are futile. Moving, beautifully written words not read are garbage. Abundant love, generosity and empathy not reciprocated is crippling. Ambitious plans left on the drawing board are nonsense. A person with the capacity to laugh and create laughter who now never smiles is unnatural. A human being, with gifts to give and life still to live who is isolated, detached and desperate is tragic. A person who has no where to turn to cry for help is doomed.