Rumors began to swirl on Twitter earlier this morning that there was something amiss with Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another. A press conference was reportedly scheduled at Belmont Park for early afternoon and reports got louder and louder that the horse would be scratched from the race. Trainer Doug O'Neill then appeared on The Dan Patrick Show moments later and confirmed what would have been unthinkable just an hour earlier - I'll Have Another was officially out of the Belmont Stakes. O'Neill said I'll Have Another suffered a left front leg injury and it was a "freakish thing." Here's the audio of the interview straight from The Dan Patrick Show...
It's just awful news for everyone involved. Doug O'Neill has had controversy surround him, but he made an admirable decision to do what was in I'll Have Another's best interest in spite of the chance to win the Triple Crown. It's a crushing blow to NBC, the Belmont Stakes, and to the sport as a whole. While horse racing has fallen by the wayside in the sports landscape, many people do still tune in to watch the Triple Crown races. There was a huge sense of anticipation and excitement for this year's Belmont, the first in 4 years that had a Triple Crown at stake. Now, NBC's ratings will suffer enormously and the record Triple Crown drought will continue.
The Belmont was going to be a central part of arguably the best sports day of the year so far as well. Game 7 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Euro 2012's second day, the French Open ladies final, and a Manny Pacquiao fight are all taking place tomorrow. With all that happening, I'll Have Another's run at the Triple Crown was going to be the most exciting two minutes of the day. Sadly, the Belmont will now be relegated to an afterthought in a crowded field of major sporting events.
D- Level??? Don't you mean 5th announcing crew?? Because remember that TNT uses 4 announcing crews for the 1st round and the #4 announcing crew works 1-2 Conference Semifinals for tnt!
Foley is called in to be an extra broadcaster on Hockey Day in America for NBC every year, and Eddie Olczyk is NBC's #1. It makes sense for that local broadcast team to go national, because they're that good.
Considering how atrocious and inept the NBCSports broadcast crews are for NHL games, perhaps getting local coverage is a good idea.
@Jturk214 good, glad we can avoid this from happening again http://t.co/junkDWjo RT: @awfulannouncing Good news, NBA TV will not use local..
@awfulannouncing I'm not watching Pacers-Magic if Jesus Christ and the Ghost of Curt Gowdy are calling the games!
@awfulannouncing I love when NBC uses the HNIC feed for the LAVAN series. But that's exception to rule. (VS used to always do this in rd 1)
@awfulannouncing basically you've summed up my feelings of ever having to listen to Eddie Olczyk announce a Red Wings game
@john_elizondo lol it always you guys that are never on national tv during the first round too...smh boring basketball
@ilkandcookies He's not even close to the worst, the SA, Memphis and Miami broadcast teams are much worse.