Expensive bottles of glue!
What was all the hysteria about yesterday? Barbaro died. Let me restate my sentence: Barbaro, a horse, was finally euthanized. Now I love animals, I really do. My dog Patches was a terrific dog, but let's get a grip on things people. It's a freaking horse. I'm sorry if this post is too harsh, but the amount of press this horse has received is mind boggling. May I demonstrate with a few quotes from various articles and I will be adding my running commentary
Barbaro battled in his ICU stall for eight months. The 4-year-old colt underwent several procedures and was fitted with fiberglass casts. He spent time in a sling to ease pressure on his legs, had pins inserted and was fitted at the end with an external brace. These were all extraordinary measures for a horse with such injuries.
Barbaro battled in ICU for eight months! Goodness gracious, someone spent the money to keep a horse in ICU for eight months. I would like to know exactly how much it cost, and what else could have been done with that money.
"This horse was a hero," said David Switzer, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.
Correction: The horse was not a hero, the keyword you used David was HORSE. The Webster's definition of a hero is - a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities. It does say man, which I don't think qualifies Barbaro
The story of the beloved 4-year-old bay colt's fight for life captured the fancy of millions.
When Barbaro broke down, his right hind leg flared out awkwardly as jockey Edgar Prado jumped off and tried to steady the ailing horse. Race fans at Pimlico wept. Within 24 hours the entire nation seemed to be caught up in a "Barbaro watch," waiting for any news.
I am proud to say I was not caught up in the Barbaro watch, and hopefully neither was the ENTIRE nation. The Barbaro watch, if I recall, simply got in the way of my fantasy baseball watch on sportscenter.
Devoted fans even wrote Christmas carols for him, sent a wreath made of baby organic carrots and gave him a Christmas stocking.
The biggest gift has been the $1.2 million raised since early June for the Barbaro Fund. The money is put toward needed equipment such as an operating room table, and a raft and sling for the same pool recovery Barbaro used after his surgeries.
I feel like I'm beating a drum here, but I doubt Barbaro really felt extremely thankful for the cards. I'm sure the wreath was nice considering it was something edible. Again, I'm not a horse, but if I were...I doubt a Christmas card would too exciting. I do however, think our soldiers in Iraq would appreciate cards. Maybe that would have been appropriate?
And maybe the most disturbing of all.
The NBC station said they have recieved 5x
the amount of emails that they did when Gerald Ford
died a few weeks ago.
The owner asked the people,
and i quote "please say a prayer tonight for
I can't believe I have to even say this. There is something strangely wrong when people get more upset over a horse dying than a former United States President. Oh, and I did not say a prayer last night for a dead horse.
I apologize (not really) if this post has offended you. Again, I can understand someone being sad over the loss of a pet. I can understand the owner being sad, but for thousands of people to get worked up over it......well its just not what we would call sweet emotion.
Here is how my conversation would go with someone who disagreed with me.
Opposition: You are unsympathetic
ME: It's a horse, I'm sorry
Opposition: But, he was a great horse
Me. It's a horse, I'm sorry.
Me. IT'S a horse.
Opposition: Your ridiculous:
Me: Horses become glue after they die.
Now that might actually be something I get excited about. An expensive bottle of glue from Barbaro.