The greatest two minutes in sports! Don't know what I'm talking about? Does this ring a bell?
Or how about this?
It's the Kentucky Derby of course! The first picture shows Wes Welker high on molly and handing out $100 bills. He claims he won $50,000, but Churchill Downs claims they overpaid him by $15,000 due to a machine error. So he still won $35,000 fairly, but that's what happens when you play with the big bucks.
The second picture shows Tom Brady at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight after he had just gotten off the plane from the Kentucky Derby. He lives a pretty tough live, I know.
Anyways, the Kentucky Derby is a spectacular sight. If you've never been, go! And if you've never even watched it on television, you're crazy!
The actual race lasts for two minutes and that is only a tiny part of what makes the Derby so special. The Derby is so appealing to everyone, young and old, because it is pretty much like college. Everyone gets dressed up in their finest outfits and especially hats to drink bourbon and mint juleps all day long. Just look at Wes Welker and Tom Brady to see that going to the Kentucky Derby is well worth your time.
Besides Kentuckians, people do not generally know too much about Kentucky. If you ask a non-Kentuckian about Kentucky, they will probably mention the Derby and be stumped after that. If you talk to a Kentuckian about their state, the Derby will come up, but it will not be at the top of the list. People come from far and wide to see the "Run for the Roses," and for good reason.
Not to mention the betting. Not many places can you legally wager on sports, but horse races are an important exception. Some people analyze every detail and statistic in their programs while others throw their money at their favorite color or number. Don't feel bad for Churchill Downs if you win a big bet, though; they are making plenty of money off of all those drunk people blindly throwing money for the 50-1 horse to win.
The last thing you should know if you will be in the infield if you are like most college students. The infield consists of all the rowdiest people and you guessed it, that is mostly us college students. It is right by the track below the grandstands and it will get wild in there, especially if it is raining.
If I haven't convinced you to skip your finals and buy a Derby ticket yet, I haven't done my job. The Derby is a great American tradition and is an integral part of the horse racing industry that also happens to be a great and rowdy time for young and old. Plus, everyone should have the privilege of drinking bourbon in its home state.