Talking Points: Stanley Cup superstitions

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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So the Stanley Cup made it to ESPN headquarters last week, and the producers thought it would be a good idea to have the Cup in the background during a discussion about hockey. Seems reasonable.

However, ESPN's top hockey analyst is the man with the hair, Barry Melrose. As a good employee of ESPN, he obliged and talked about hockey just a few feet away from the Cup. But he did not like it one bit.

Anybody who has played or coached in the NHL does not like to be around the Cup unless he has won the Cup. Melrose coached the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals once, but the Kings did not win the series.

So the day after this studio thing with the Cup, Melrose explained how awful he felt about the experience. He did not feel he had earned the right to be in the same room with the Cup.

For your passion, we salute you Mr. Melrose. And we question ESPN for putting you in such an awkward position.

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Hey, when did the Kentucky Derby allow amateur jockeys in the field?

OK, OK, we admit it. We know nothing about how to jockey a horse.

We do know basic race strategy, though. A horse named Palace Malice jumped out to the early lead and was at a furious pace. It was as if the jockey thought it was the 100-yard dash when every other horse was racing the mile. (Or, in this case, a mile and a quarter.)

Anyway, you can guess what happened. Palace Malice looked to be going in reverse. He was in the lead going around the final turn and ended up 10th.

Our only guess is the owner, trainer, and jockey knew the horse had no chance to win, but hey, if we take the lead, at least we'll be mentioned on TV. Oh, and in The Columbian's Talking Points, too.

Well done. You got us!

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