Where are they now?

July 15, 2007 at 11:54 pm | Posted in brian, greg, misc | Leave a comment

The spotlight cast by the sports media is said to provide longevity to certain individuals who have excelled in their respective sports. Unfortunately (for these sports “heros”), the reality is that the media spotlight is fleeting.

I would like to begin a series of articles dedicated to briefly regaining that spotlight.

Dale Earnhardt (not junior)

Known for his success in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Earnhardt won seventy-six individual races and seven championships during his career. A few of the many accolaids Dale earnhardted :

-1979 Rookie of the Year

-Four-time IROC Champion

-Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (2002)

-International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

Without a doubt Dale Earnhardt was a great race car driver during his career, but the point of this article is to find out what he’s up to now.

Where is Dale Earnhardt now? He’s Dead.

RIP big E.

Barbaro (the horse)

He captured our imagination and our hearts. Then our hearts and imagination broke when his leg did. That was one sad day. And it only got sadder since they had to euthanize him. I think they should outlaw rodeos and horse racing. If you don’t agree, then you’ll have to live with a lot of blood on your hands and hearts.

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Brother Derek Where Art Thou?

May 11, 2006 at 4:19 pm | Posted in greg, misc | 2 Comments

As is to be expected, local headlines often reflect local products (people, horses, etc) that have made a name on the National/International Stage. The recent running of the Kentucky Derby is one such example. The Kentucky Derby seemed to make more local (Utah) headlines this year due to the running of featured favorite colt Brother Derek. Brother Derek was part owned by a Utahn and trained locally in South Jordan giving him his Utah ties. The national fame that Brother Derek now enjoys has made him a local celebrity of sorts. As with any local celebrity, Utahns, especially Mormons, have a tendency to seek for a connection–of the celebrity– to mormonism. In order to fullfill this need for connection, rumors often crop up around the celebrity. While these rumors usually involve people/animals from or associated with Utah, sometimes the individual or horse can get tied into these rumors just by becoming part of Utah culture. For example: Dennis Rodman is going to be the next Prophet, Shakira is taking the missionary disscussions, Neleh Dennis almost won Survivor because she took her scriptures on the show, or that Larry Miller is a good person. Brother Derek is no exception to the rumor-connection game. While most Utahns have heard that Brother Derek was named after a Mormon missionary, I recently heard a more complete story. As I understand it, Brother Derek was named after the missionary that baptized him. While not common, there are known spiritual occasions where missionaries will administer to animals. Here are a couple of examples: I was an eye witness to Elder Soto giving a sick dog a blessing on my mission. Eliza, in the mormon movie Legacy, blesses her oxen when they are sick. And finally, Brother Derek (the horse) gets baptized by Brother Derek (the missionary). There is little doubt that the success that Brother Derek has had in racing is due to the spiritual fortitude given him through baptism.

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