College Football

College Football Getting Close To Do Or Die Time For Top Ranked Teams

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As the season grows older and older and with each passing week, the margin of error for college footballs top teams is getting smaller as a loss this late in the year could mean the end of a national championship opportunity.

This weekend will again feature some of the top teams in the nation squaring off against one another. In the Big Ten, the #1 team in the country, Ohio State, is set to once again prove they are worthy of that title as they host the #21 Wisconsin Badgers.

The ACC has a game with conference implications as well as the #24 ranked Demon Deacons go on the road and face #23 Virginia in a game that could propel one of these teams towards the conference championship.

South Florida has lost two conference games since climbing to as high as #2 in the polls and will now try to rebound as they host Cincinnati.

In the SEC, where there seems to be at least one big game every week, has the #3 Tigers of LSU looking to avoid an upset at the hands of #17 Alabama.

The game of the week comes from the PAC Ten, where the country’s #4 and #5 teams face off in a winner take all battle to determine who will make a run at the national championship. Arizona State comes in as the higher ranked and undefeated team, but Oregon is perceived to be the better team.

The season is getting to the point where there is no turning back, one slip and it could be the end of some of these top ranked teams and their title hopes.…

Washington Euthanized

Breeders Cup Horse George Washington Euthanized on Track

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The Breeder Cup ended tragically on Saturday as George Washington shattered a right front leg and had to be euthanized at the track.

New Jersey was anticipating a successful meet at Momuth Park, while more than 40,000 spectators watched with dismay as the curtains were raised around the injured horse and medics tended to his injury.

Dr. Wayne Mcllwraith, the on-call veterinarian, diagnosed the injury as serious saying, “George Washington sustained an open fracture of the cannon bone in the right front fetlock and dis-articulated the joint at the same time and had both sesamoids broken. So it was a hopeless injury as far as repair and he has been euthanized. The decision was made very quickly.”

The decision to euthanize the horse came immediately from his trainer.

This is not an uncommon occurrence in horse-racing. Last year, the Breeder’s Cup saw another horse, Pine Island euthanized, and Fleet Indian sustained a career-ending injury in the Distaff. And of course, there was Barbero, who after winning the Kentucky Derby, suffered for 8 months trying to recover from a fracture before being euthanized.

Analysts are insisting that the greed of breeders and horseman must be looked at. Last year, George Washington was retired and sent to stud, it was found out later that he was incapable of siring, so it was back to the races.

“This type of activity should be re-analyzed by those with the power to do so, and a determination should be made as to whether there is a positive aspect to horse-racing or if it is less than humane,” said Casino Gambling Web analyst Gordon Price. “To subject animals to this type of contest, with the possible result ending in death, is no better than dog-fighting or cock-fighting.”

Currently, many states have implemented programs that are designed to subsidize horse-farmers and breeders by taking a percentage of gambling revenue and funneling it to the breeders. Some states allow some forms of gambling due to this subsidy.

New Jersey is no different. A percentage of the money realized from the casinos in Atlantic City are given to breeders and tracks in New Jersey to increase interest in local racing.

The 11 race Breeder’s Cup saw $12,726,622 wagered at the track and an estimated $111 million from other sources, which does not include wagering from Hong …