Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rules? What Rules?

We don't need no stinkin' rule book!

NASCAR officials often defend their controversial calls by citing "the rule book". Hey, there's a rule book? Where can I get one of those?

At I found I was able to order a rule book for the NBA, NHL, MLB, and the NFL. However, the friendly "book suggestions function" listed NASCAR for Dummies. Hey?! What is that supposed to mean?

What next? Google of course. eBay had an auction for a 2005 rule book. Not many takers. Wikipedia had a comment that simply put if you're not a driver you can't have a rule book. I'm getting tired of looking and have decided that Wikipedia is correct.

Sorry race fans, we have decided to give our loyalties to a sport that wants to keep us in the dark about the rules. Apparently we are ok with that. Every Sunday we find our favorite spot for optimum viewing and start cheering.

We don't need no stinkin' rule book!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys are made of snips and snail and puppy dog tails.

NASCAR in its infinite wisdom tried to save the teams some money by regulating the emotions of its participants. Short of drugging the participants with Prozac or Ritalin, I'm not seeing how this could be accomplished. The mindset of "bet I can get there before you" is fairly difficult to overcome in an adrenaline drenched atmosphere. 

"Let them race," was a constant retort on Twitter and in chat rooms across the web. I have been torn between enjoying the carnage of a good wreck and the fact that someone has to pay for that car that is now on its way to the recycling center.

What is the answer? I have no idea, but recently has been reporting on the utterances of the NASCAR Powers That Be as they hand down the latest edicts from on high. The Powers That Be seem to be trying appear as though they are listening to the fans. These edicts appear to be band-aids when the sport needs a trauma surgeon. 

Boys will be boys. They are after all made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NASCAR brought to you by Twitter

When is the race on today? 

Too lazy to wait for the browser of your choice to load? Then you have to go to your favorite site for NASCAR news, that takes time. Then you have to look around and read all of the information on the page to find the information you are looking for, that takes a lot more time. Then...

Wait a minute!  There has to be a better way, a faster way, some way I can find out in 140 characters or less. Yes, of course! Twitter. Pose the question, "What time does the race start today?" 

Wait for it, almost instantaneously several loyal NASCAR fans will reply with the appropriate information. 

This works for all situations NASCAR related. For example, say you are stuck at a family reunion on your wife's side, and let's say they are Amish.  How will you ever find out how Carl Edwards is doing at MIS? Twitter. You pull out  your trusty iPhone loaded with Tweetie and quickly post your question on Twitter. 

All crashes, controversial conversations, violations, bad calls, yellow flags, Lucky Dogs, and Jr. Nation protests will be at your fingertips. 

Oh, by the way, what time is the race on today?

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Long Winter's Nap

I am waiting for Daytona. This is what the winter holds for me, all 2 months of non-racing Saturdays and Sundays.

I tried starting a support group on Twitter in the hopes of lessening the withdrawal symptoms after Homestead. Went so far as to schedule meetings on the second Tuesday of each week. 

I have found solace in the Blogs of other fans such as myself. I find that they too are looking for ways to cope. Grasping at bits of news of our favorite drivers. 

My intent for this Blog is to rant and share my unsolicited opinion with anyone who cares to read it. Will I do any research to support my opinion? Nope. That is one of the great things about opinions. 

I am waiting for Daytona.