LOUISVILLE -- Well, well. It looks as if the shoe was on the other hoof this time.
Consider this item from a tip sheet named Indian Charlie that was being circulated Friday at Churchill Downs the day before the Kentucky Derby.
The lead item carried the headline: "Once again, ESPN shows their commitment to thoroughbred racing":
The article reads: "When the Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw was taking place and scheduled to be shown live on ESPN2, they were instead showing a soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea that ran into extra innings. But the match itself was over at eight minutes past the hour (5 p.m. Eastern) and the folks at ESPN2 chose to go with post-game comments and other such nonsense. The Derby Draw was then shown on tape delay at 5:30. Luckily local station WHAS-TV carried the event live. Just in case you were wondering, Chelsea came back late in the match to defeat Liverpool 3-to2."
ESPN2 did show the Toronto FC-New York Red Bulls 1-1 draw Thursday night at BMO Field and the folks in Louisville could see it.
It appeared to be live.