Tuesday, January 16, 2007

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR RESPIRATORS

Nine months into this "blog thing," and it's time for a "First." A pro-Bush piece? N.F.W. A "humor" post that's actually funny? Dream on. And I'm surely not gonna start posting anything that might qualify as "serious" or "well-researched" (unless hours perusing IMDB or Baseball-Reference.com count as research).

Nope, nope, nope. Today's subject-matter will be even more unexpected: NASCAR.

(And you'd better know that if I'm posting about NASCAR, I'm mocking.)

So AP reports that a 72 year-old man -- who was the rookie of the year in 1966 -- plans to race, or qualify, or . . . whatever the hell it is that NASCAR drivers do, other than drive in circles and advertise for Valvoline.

72 years-old. And we're supposed to consider this a sport?

17 Comments:

Anonymous Applesaucer said...

You might be right that racing stock cars isn't a sport -- I don't know because I've never tried.

For sure I would have 100% agreed with you back in the '90s. But about six years ago I raced motorized go carts for a few hours for the first and only time (I'd love to do it again). Let me tell you: there's a definite art/science to it. From approaching the turns, maximizing speeds on the straightaways, passing competitors, etc.

I wasn't very good and it wasn't until the end of the evening that I started to figure things out. I suspect that it helps to be relatively light, which I am not, but there's also a learning curve.

Knowing you, I'd bet you'd get into it (doing it, I mean).

Of course, the new-found appreciation for the "sport" wasn't and isn't enough to get me to actually watch a second of NASCAR or Formula One, so I'm totally with you there.

Applesaucer

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I'm sure there's an "art/science" to it. As there are with pool, bowling, darts, and beer pong, to list just a few of the activities that shouldn't be multi-billion dollar television sports.

Having sex and arguing while drunk are two other activities that have an art/science aspect to them. I'd sooner watch either of them than see cars drive around in circles.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Well, not to defend Neckcar, but if you're using this age thing as a qualifier...

I swear that I read something every season about Gordie Howe lacing it up for some minor league team and checking a few young bucks into the boards. Thus, can it now be argued that hockey is not a sport?

10:34 AM  
Blogger Otto Man said...

I think this post is going to make Thirllhous cry.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Gordie Howe lacing it up for some minor league team and checking a few young bucks into the boards. Thus, can it now be argued that hockey is not a sport?

If we find out that this geezer is racing in a "Minor League NASCAR event" then I'll take it all back.

And I'll wear a trucker's cap for a week.

OM - Thrill's a NASCAR fan? How does he reconcile Tales From Topographic Oceans with rednecks driving in an oval?

10:48 AM  
Blogger DED said...

I swear that I read something every season about Gordie Howe lacing it up for some minor league team

Simply not true. Mr. Hockey has been done with his "comeback" stunts since 1997. These days, taking care of his sick wife is his full time job.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

And you see, John. This is why hockey is a true sport. LOOK at that fan loyalty.

You think bloggers come out in comments to defend Dick Trickle?

11:12 AM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Ded, thanks for setting me right. That's what I get for chiming in on something non-movie related.

Mike: who is Dick Trickle?

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

who is Dick Trickle?

THIS is why we're losing in Iraq, John. Remember, you're with us, or you're against us.

Dick Trickle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Trickle

11:22 AM  
Anonymous John Royal said...

Well, then, I think Dick Trickle is the answer to the question of why Neckcar is not a sport.

And I guess that I'm against you. I would give you my address so that you could alert Homeland Security as to my location, but I think that they already know it.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

odd, I thought Dick Trickle was was you prevented by shaking after you go.

Leave Gordie alone.

Speaking of old bastards trying to play a sport - Minnie Minoso anyone?

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I thought Dick Trickle was was you prevented by shaking after you go.

That joke -- which left the starting line barely in one piece -- fell apart in a flaming wreck as soon as the typo hit.

(And, yes, I'm a dick. No trickle.)

Good call on Minoso, though. Shit, doesn that mean I have to stop watching baseball? Or start watching NASCAR?

2:21 PM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Mike- someone had to make the lame joke, and it was right up my alley. you read my blog, you should know.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Yes, I no.

And it only poinst to teh improtance of editng & proffreading, Ed. Nothing shoot's a joke donw faster than an ill-placed tie-po.

Believe me, I no.

5:07 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Shit, doesn that mean I have to stop watching baseball?

Not if it helps you fall asleep at night.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

ahhh, now I get it.
DOH!

It took me 4 reads to see what you meant.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

It took me 4 reads to see what you meant.

I gots those mad subtlety skillz, dude.

10:30 AM  

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