Horse racing journalist Bill Finley made a joke with a plastics-related punchline in his column for ESPN.com today. But because I don't normally follow the Sport of Kings, I needed some help from Google to understand what in the world he was talking about. Finley's column, "A look at 2010, through a crystal ball," takes an imaginary look at the horses and personalities in his sport, generating tongue-in-cheek stories he expects to see this year. The plastics angle is right at the top:
January: The Eclipse Award ceremonies are marred by a violent demonstration by the American Plastics Council, a trade association for the U.S. plastics industry. Angry protestors hurl profanities and clods of polypropylenes at Jess Jackson.Huh? Here's the explanation. The Eclipse Award is an honor for the top horses, given annually. Jess Jackson isn't the former presidential candidate, he's a billionaire wine entrepreneur who owns a controlling interest in Rachel Alexandra -- you remember, the filly that won the Preakness Stakes? Jackson made headlines in the horse racing world when he refused to send Rachel Alexandra to Santa Anita Park to the Breeders' Cup, calling the Pro-Ride synthetic surface "plastic." OK, get it? Good. I don't want any Plastics Blog readers to miss on a good plastics-in-popular-culture reference. Just one more thing. "Clods of propropylene"? As Dave Barry might say, that might be a good name for a rock band.