Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Hound Blogging

Hey overlords! How about some good news? No, they're not going to put the Racing Form on Talking Books because most of the rubes can't read, even better. Now, first let us say that we know if you're coming to this blog on Friday you've probably given up on most of your life goals...erm...we mean you're probably expecting us to insult, degrade, abuse and just generally disrespect those individuals who make their living exploiting innocent living creatures by putting them in harm's way.

OK, probably could have said that in a less insulting, degrading, abusive and disrespectful way, but we're new at this, so cut us some slack will ya? Anyway, on to the good news:
Much as any return of live greyhound racing to the Sky Sports screens would be very welcome, the real benefit should come by revitalizing the open-race scene which is in a typically quiet early-season slumber but one which is set to last much deeper into the year than is normally the case.
You hear that man? Greyhound racing gonna be ON THE TEE VEE!!11!!l eleventy seven!! Let that sink in a minute:

Think of it man. All those people out there who usually just drive by the tracks because they don't want to get mugged, or be carjacked can now become greyhound racing fans from the relative safety of their homes. And it's not just about increasing the rube count is it? You got your ad revenues, you got your licensing deals, you got your spin offs, you got your supermarket appearances and talk shows. Kelly and that big black guy we're lookin' at you! Goin' Down. Town. now man! Get ESPN on the phone. We need to talk syndication and send the boy to get us a latte. Sky's the limit when you're on the tube, no?
The future does not look very bright for the UK greyhound racing industry, considering the high number of race tracks that have shut down in the past few years, and continue to shut down.
 Oh sing it sister. We can see it now, Race day the stores will be empty, the streets deserted because everyone will be home watching, just like Superbowl Sunday, just like...wait what?
In the past 65 years alone, the number of greyhound racing stadiums has dropped from 80 at their peak to a mere 25 today, showing clearly that the future of UK greyhound racing is bleak
Dude. You are so harshing our mellow. There's no need to be a hater because overlords get on the tee vee and you don't. Just the way it is, you know? Cream rises to the top and all that. Got to give the people what they want. Look, you obviously have some sort of problem with the big ol' dump success just took on the overlords' heads. Give us the straight poop Indy Almroth-Wright, professional writer for the BBC:
The closure of Oxford's circuit last month was the final nail in the coffin for the sport in central southern England with all of its four tracks now shut. Many others are struggling to keep going, as the number of stadiums has dropped from around 80 to 25 in England over the past 65 years. The tracks at Portsmouth, Reading, Milton Keynes and Oxford have all closed following falling profits and attendances.
See that hater? From 80 to 25. You can't argue with...wait a minute. That's the wrong way isn't it? OK, OK, let's not panic. Maybe this is about quality over quantity. Sure, see whenever you have an incredibly exciting and attractive sport like greyhound racing, you're always going to attract the poseurs, the quick buck artists and the con-men, but because greyhound racing fans are such a knowledgeable and savvy class of folk it doesn't take long before they separate the wheat from the chaff, and what you have left are the real McCoy's of the sport. So what if two thirds of the tracks have closed. The ones that are left are top of the line, and now that the riff raff has been gotten rid of, we can get on with racing us some greyhounds. W00t!
"There is no doubt that greyhound racing is facing many challenges and, sadly, more track closures are probably inevitable," Racing Post's Jonathan Kay said.
Work with us here, dude.
The GBGB said greyhound racing had dropped from third to Britain's fourth most attended spectator sport after football, horse racing and rugby.
Rugby? Rugby? You mean the public would rather watch a bunch of  musclebound drunks hopped up on steroids crashing into one another than watch a bunch of elegant and swift greyhounds hopped up on steroids crashing into one another? Who'd a thunk it, huh Mac?

Mac loves to play with squeaky toys. He likes to sleep a lot but will get up when somebody approaches him because he wants to play. Mac loves to give kisses. He is a very fast leaner and loves to please. He is  a friend to everyone that he meets. Mac whines when he needs to go outside. He gets along well with the other Greyhounds, but I doesn’t really care for small dogs or cats.  Mac will go in his crate by doesn’t really care for it much. He would do well in a home with a single owner or a couple. Mac could live in a home as the only dog or with other dogs that are his size. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

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