It's a whole different Derby

Updated: April 30, 2009, 2:25 PM ET
By Billy Reed | Special to ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hanging around the backstretch at Churchill Downs early this week, nursing what was maybe the zillionth cup of coffee I've had in 43 years of covering the Kentucky Derby, I feel more disoriented than at home.

I look for the giants of journalism who loved to cover the Derby and seldom missed it. But instead of Red Smith, Jim Murray and Shirley Povich, I saw a bunch of kids yakking into cell phones. They are bloggers -- or so I'm told.

In my role as ...

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