ANY PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY?

While the old P.T. Barnum adage is easy to question in this day and age, there was nothing wrong with the reference to Secretariat’s Belmont that recently appeared on ESPN. The terminology threw us momentarily for a loop. We weren’t really sure what a “beatdown” was, but, upon further consideration, we bet Sham knew full well.


David Schoenfield on ESPN’s Page 2 (a great source for interesting sports’ perspective) wrote a column about the worst “beatdowns” or lopsided victories. Lo and behold, old Big Red topped the list!

1. Secretariat destroys the field at the 1973 Belmont Stakes by an astonishing 31 lengths to win the Triple Crown … “He is moving like a TREMENDOUS machine!” A performance so dominating spectators were weeping in the stands.

2. Tiger Woods wins the 2000 U.S. Open by a mind-boggling 15 strokes.

3. 1940 NFL championship: Bears 73, Redskins 0. The Bears had 501 yards of offense, intercepted eight passes and officials had to ask Bears coach George Halas to run or pass for the PAT on the team’s final two scores because so many balls had been kicked into the stands.