Sunday, June 8, 2008
What's interesting about this video is that the narrator is Jim McKay. He died yesterday at 86. We all remember that he was the voice of the Olympics and Wide World of Sports. I remember as many do, his coverage of the 1972 Olympics and the senseless deaths of 11 Israeli athletes. Is that when the war started?
With the failure of Big Brown in the Belmont yesterday, it should serve as a reminder of the major accomplishment of winning the Triple Crown. When Secretariat won it in 1973, it hadn't been won in 25 years. Secretariat became a rock star. We followed him in his races and rooted for him like our home team. I was always amazed that it was evident that he understood what was expected of him and he had the personality to pull it off. Turcotte never went to the whip on him because he was a winner who knew what it took to excel. After his races he seemed to sense that people were drawn to him and he always gave us what we wanted. In this video you can see that he actually posed for pictures. As he trotted down the stretch after the race, he tilted his head so the photographers and fans could get a good look at him. He was one of a kind. When he died in 1989, I was saddened and cried. He was such a champion and such a great performer. He was simply a great athlete and a born winner.