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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Will Teddy Roosevelt Ever Win a Race?

In Milwaukee, they have sausage races.

In Washington, D.C., once a game the mascots -- the Presidents -- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt -- race after one of the early innings (it might be mid-third, but don't hold me to it). The wins are somewhat evenly distributed among Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, but Teddy Roosevelt has never won a race.

Not a one.


Now you could understand that this could have happened to a Benjamin Harrison, James Buchanan or Warren Harding, but Teddy Roosevelt? The guy was tough as nails and competitive as all get out. Seems to me that if they held these races in real life, Teddy would have one at least one of them.

Don't think for a moment, though, that the 'ol railsplitter, Honest Abe, would have been a pushover here. He was country strong, that Abe Lincoln was, and as a young man won many a contest that involved a feat of strength. Washington didn't become the leader of the Continental Army by being a wimp, and Jefferson was brilliant enough that he would have found a way to win.

Anyway, the Teddy Roosevelt watch is on at SportsProf. Should Teddy win, well, it's not like Appalachian State over Michigan in Ann Arbor, but he'll snap a long losing streak.

Perhaps next year, though, when the Nats play in their new park. They have one more game in RFK (tomorrow), and then that's it.

It says here that when the Nats usher in their new park, Teddy wins the first race of the year.


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Thought you'd find this fun:

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