Friday, January 25, 2008
Well, No, No, No, No, and No....
So far, all we've heard is that starting times for Sunday races are going to be put back to where they used to be (and should never have been changed in the first place because NASCAR wanted to accommodate the West Coast fan base. Yes, that huge fanbase that can't even fill up the seats at the super speedways NASCAR has built and promoted out in California, in particular.)
Ticket sales are flat and dropping event by event. Ratings are down a cumulative 20 PERCENT from 2 years ago. Teams are allowed to cheat -- at least certain teams -- and NASCAR refuses to do anything about it unless it's brought out in the media. NASCAR is run by a family who has become too savvy about how to spin the 'State of the Sport' and too slick when it comes to commercialization. Some of us have been vocally rumbling and grumbling for over 7 years now about how the sport has changed for the worse. NASCAR seems to be saying they are finally listening to the fans. Are they? Well, we the fan will be the judge of that.
There's an old song that goes, "too much, too little, too late." Wonder if the NASCAR hierarchy has heard that one?
NASCAR's mouthpieces - Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Larry McReynolds enjoy 'telling' us what we are seeing on the track. I have a problem with that. I don't need a commentator putting a spin on something and revising history concerning what I have seen while watching a race. It isn't cool. It isn't professional. It is why these guys have lost a lot of credibility with the 'old' race fans that NASCAR wants to win back. How about putting some folks in the booth that don't have an agenda? These three are entertaining, but they are NASCAR spokespersons first and foremost. Whichever network is broadcasting the race (and that seems to be a week to week change as well sometimes), the commentators need to be free to speak and be constructively critical. That would be a welcome change.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady arrive in Heaven at the same time. They are escorted to the throne of God, where he receives them. God looks at Peyton Manning and asks, “Peyton, tell me what you believe.”
Peyton replies, “I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal savior. I believe in helping others and doing good. I believe in life eternal in Heaven.”
“Very good,” God replies. “You may take a seat here on my right side.”
God then addresses Brett Favre. “Brett, tell me what you believe.”
Brett replies, “I believe in Christian principles. I believe in humility, being thankful for your bounty, and all you have given us.”
“Very good,” God replies. “You may take a seat here on my left side.”
God then addresses Tom Brady. “Tom, tell me what you believe.”
Tom Brady replies, “I believe you’re sitting in my chair.”