A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
Message to Mike Tyson: You Should Have Worn a BuzzFlash T-shirt
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
June 9, 2002
Message to Mike Tyson from BuzzFlash Contributor Wilhelmina Sims: You Should Have Worn a BuzzFlash T-shirt
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO DECORUM? I am still wondering what happened to Mike Tyson, but more on that later.
I was in attendance at the, "no triple crown," 134th running of the BELMONT STAKES. Now, I am a huge fan of horse racing and I wanted to be able to say "I was there" when WAR EMBLEM crossed the finish line. But, I have to admit, I entered the 4th floor Clubhouse, dressed for a whole "nother" agenda that was meant to shock (at least in my mind) any media whores (http://www.mediawhoresonline.com/), mediawhore wannabes, right-wingers, or Republicans with "potential" ("potential", that is, to be a Democrat) that would glance or gawk at me in my "formal", decorum be dammed, attire:
My BUZZFLASH T-SHIRT.
Oh, did things "so" go my way, or not?
Before I proceed, NO, I did not have that 70-1 winning horse that won the Belmont stakes, SARAVA, and paid $142.50 for a $2.00 wager. That's OK. Like I said, I was having my own "silent" protest in my T-shirt. I also wore a little black hat with the T-shirt., because in the circles that I intended to travel in, I didn't want to commit a racing fashion faux pas and not have one on my liberal head. I needed one more accessory to complete my outfit. A copy of David Brock's, BLINDED BY THE RIGHT, which I carried in my right arm with the blue/black book jacket brilliantly visible. My other "stuff" racing program, pens and camera (in case I could get a media whore to take a picture with me) was in my tote bag (memo to self: "e-mail BuzzFlash.com and ask if they offer tote bags as premiums?").
This was the "winning" picture: Middle-aged Black women, on the 4th floor Clubhouse of Belmont Park (think Whitneys, Astors, Vanderbilts, Kennedys, Streisands) in a BuzzFlash T-shirt., a $3.00 K-Mart black straw hat, and BLINDED BY THE RIGHT on her arm. OH, it was something to see - GOOD!
Things weren't going so "good" for me initially, well, maybe they did. I purchased a $120.00 money voucher for my BELMONT STAKES wagers. I wanted to get them in early because I had some "walkin" around to do. I put the voucher in one of those "SAM" machines (think: do it yourself betting at your own risk!) and it "ate" my voucher (do the machines have "Solvent Green" agendas?). I confronted a New York Racing Association "mutual" supervisor (http://www.nyra.com/Belmont/howtobet.asp?track=B) . He glanced at the T-shirt., then the book and told me to "wait" while he "checked things out." CHECK THINGS OUT?! After almost 2 hours of "waiting" for an answer about my missing money, I started getting hysterical. I decided to take matters into my own hands, and found myself on the PRESS ONLY elevator (good, good, "good thing"!) that would take me to the basement where the NYRA Mutual Department Managers were ensconced (by the way,did any media on duty notice a crying woman in the PRESS elevator with a BuzzFlash T-shirt. and Brocks' Book?). "THE MACHINE STOLE MY MONEY" I wailed! EVERY employee on duty came running out their office to "look" at me. One girl did a double take on the T-shirt., then gave me a dirty look. I ignored her. Finally, a manager thrust a yellow piece of paper in my face to sign, and then handed me the $120.00. OK, "NOW LEAVE, PLEASE"! I asked for some water to "compose" myself, after all, "YOU" did this to me. Bottle of fancy spring water was handed to me. "Anything, else?"
Composure is complete and I'm back on "track," so to speak. But wait, this "bad thing" has allowed me access into the "media only" area in the basement of Belmont. I'm going to "use" this for all it's worth.
It was worth it.
As I walked out of the elevator into the 4th floor clubhouse I ran smack dab into MSNBC/WNBC News Anchor Maurice DuBois http://www.wnbc.com/wnbc/1169165/'%20+%20clickThru%20+%20'. HE NOTICED the T-shirt., stared for a moment, then got on the elevator that I just got off of. Goody-goody. I then did the "TEMPTATION WALK" (THE TEMPTATIONS, a Motown guy group, known for their slow sexy "walkin" on stage) through the very elegant and upscale dining area. This would be where "A" list mediawhores, wealthy Republicans, as well as the rich and famous would eat and place wagers. I was looking for Martha "Goodthing" Stewart, a Clinton supporter, who was rumored to be there. I wanted to take a picture with her in my BuzzFlash T-shirt. (wishful thinking).
Suddenly, I heard the overhead speaker announce "MR. TOMMY THOMPSON." Oh no, what the hell is a Bush cabinet member doing here? Well, an unprecedented crowd of 103,222 at a sporting event, what better forum than this to do some Republican "grandstanding"? Oh, and, New York Republican Governor George Pataki, up for reelection, presented the prize to the winner of the Belmont Stakes.
Belmont was starting to "get' to me. I had a blank stare on my face, I was hungry, and I was starting to loose my groove. I realized it was time to take me and my T-shirt. home and get ready to watch another sporting event, the Lennox Lewis - Mike Tyson fight. What I really wanted to see was a "clean" fight. No biting, no melees before or after the fight, no skull crushing, just a "clean" fight.
Well, to the man who was supposed to "crush" his opponent's skull? Use a little "decorum" next time, Tyson. Enter the ring with a BuzzFlash.com T-shirt, for luck.
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