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Monday, May 09, 2005

I guess He likes His ponies

The experts were wrong again this weekend. From out of nowhere, a 50 to 1 longshot won the Kentucky Derby. The winning horse, Giacomo, was the second highest payoff in derby history. If you don't follow horseracing, then you probably don't care, but bear with me on this one.

The horse was named for Sting's son, which is all well and good, but Sting's last album wasn't really that good, so something else has to account for this upset. The answer comes from the small but dedicated compulsive gambling/devout catholic delegation. Whereas most Catholics simply scratched their heads when Cardinal Ratzinger took the name Benedict the XVI, this group correctly identified it as a message from the greatest handicapper of them all. A quick Google reveals it's significance; the last pope to take that name was Cardinal Chiesa, or as his friends called him, Giacomo della Chiesa.

Mysterious ways indeed.

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