Still decompressing, but allow me to go back through a few posts and comment…
On the Helio gifting the win:
Can I rescind my call again? Seems Helio (by his own admission) let her pass on orders from his team… WTF? Wonder how they will arrange for Marco’s sudden “talent” this weekend in Kansas… (god, I hope they’re not that stupid, or those of us who have been attempting to rally the troops will have been working very hard for nothing)
On the Danican’t/LB broadcast thing:
It could have been way worse. (Of course I haven’t seen the broadcast yet as I just got home)
I was standing there first thing in the morning when they (some IRL dude) told the organizer that they were flying her in wanted to put her in Victory circle and on the podium with the winner. (I won’t even go into the hot rage I felt at that moment)
He (LBGP organizer dude) didn’t want any part of it. He said he understood that it was a “story” (adding that it was an old one at that point, and hadn’t even made the newspapers there) but that he didn’t want anything taking away from this event and the winner of it. Putting her smug mug in the booth and pimping her out during the broadcast that way was actually the compromise. (still a sucky one, but better than the alternative)
On the “why the Danica hate” question:
I would hope y’all don’t think me that shallow as to hold someone’s looks against them. I have no problem with her allowing herself to be objectified by her sponsors if that’s how she wishes to be portrayed. (hey, she’s the one that has to look herself in the mirror and be happy with the image she is throwing out there) A sponsor cheque is a sponsor cheque right? But she can’t have it both ways. (ie: getting pissed off when people call it like they see it where she is concerned)
I do have a problem with the unjustified hype heaped upon her and thus us, just because she’s a she. Accomplishments should warrant hype. Not boobs. Period. Now that DP’s “won” (*), it’ll be even worse. (although theoretically justified) Had she legitimately accomplished something other than being female and driving a car, before she started with the big pimping, I’m sure no one, including myself, would have an issue.
Kat won a major OW event three times, but because she didn’t spread her legs in FHM, she never got the publicity. (until her crash, which got her name out there, but CC never capitalized on it… *mocks surprise* but that’s a rant for another day)
Simona won yesterday, but she will be but a blip on the radar because she doesn’t have a bikini spread or clever add campaign showing her “beaver”.
Of course what they both will have is the respect of those in the know. Sadly respect doesn’t pay for a seat.
For the record, if a male athlete were being hyped & pimped for looks and potential vs actual talent and accomplishment (*cough* Beckham *cough*) I would scrutinize just as heavily.
OK… off to sort through some pictures and gather my thoughts on the weekend.