Free the Rose Bowl!
Somehow it seems that it should be illegal that the Rose Bowl game is available only on ESPN. The Rose Bowl is special. It should be viewable by everyone, even those of us who get our TV kicks by using an antenna on the roof. I mean, being born in the Midwest, I have fond memories of watching those jerk Californians on New Year's Day playing football in 70-degree weather, while we froze our tushes off in subzero weather with snow everywhere.
End of an era
The staff, horses and jockeys of Hollywood Park delivered thrills and amazing customer service on closing day like they have for 75 incredible years. But what a disgusting sight to see four representatives of the Hollywood Park Land Co. in the winner's circle after the fourth race. This "land company" purports to be planning a major redevelopment of the historic track, but the lone sign of activity is at the casino, which exists only under state Assembly Bill 3068 because it is attached to the Hollywood Park racetrack.
So who were the land company representatives? Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with Inglewood City Councilmen George Dotson, Alex Padilla and Ralph Franklin, making clear with their presence who it is they care most about: anonymous developers with no sign of actual project momentum instead of citizens, many of whom lost their jobs and will lose their stable-area housing when Hollywood Park is shuttered.
I was saddened to read of the close of Hollywood Park and the general state of horse racing, something I've loved and enjoyed for over 40 years.
I read it in a newspaper. At a library. By a bookstore. It was a very sad day.
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