*blows the dust off the keyboard*
My happy Olympic glow has worn off, so it’s time to unleash the “ragin’ Canadian” me thinks…
This blog is not going to be filled with warm fuzzies, ass kissing or “oh
goody” kumbyfuckingya sentiments. So if you’re all about the “up with
people” cheerleader vibe that seems to be permeating Bloggerville while I’ve been on hiatus, spin thyself around and head back out the
door cause you my friend are in the wrong room…
Now with that out of the way, let’s get this down to it…
So, I don’t know about anyone else, but the end of the 09 season left me
feeling a little, no, a lot, non-plussed.
It used to make me sad when the season came to a close, wondering what the fuck I was going to do with my weekends until the start of the next season.
In 2009 I couldn’t wait for the season to be put out of it’s misery, and ours. Sure there were some bright spots sprinkled here and there, enough to engage the disappearing masses to stick around a little while longer, but mostly it was old, tired, predictable, boring, tedious & frustrating.
I’m not just talking about IndyCar either. All of the AOW series seemed to chug along unimpressively in 09 leaving little reason to keep up & even littler (my word) reason to return. (thus my extended leave)
The major underlying theme of 09, besides the vilifying then deifying of twinkletoes, was “will she or won’t she move to Nascar” Well apparently she will and she has. (sort of)
(Sarcasm) Yay for everyone! (/sarcasm)
So now instead of just IndyCar spending 80% of their marketing budget on “Danican’t the Overrated”, we’ll now have Napcar wasting a good chunk of coin trying to convince the ignorant stock car masses to tune in to watch the anointed one under perform at all their tracks. All Princess Sparkle Pony
all the time. Oi, there’s that headache again…
Unless you live under a rock you were more than aware of the Princess’ ARCA & Nationwide debuts . If you looked and listened closely you might have heard there were one or two other drivers in those races too. The sycophantic ravings of the fanica’s in the booth were both unprofessional and nauseating. I felt like I spent hours listening to DW whack off, and felt dirty for hours afterwards. Get a room man! While I’m man enough (ok, woman enough, whatever…) to admit she held her own in her ARCA debut (and got really lucky with that spin) There were several other drivers out there, of both genders, that also hold their own every week but are done a horrible disservice by the media & broadcast teams. The only good thing about all of this is that there is a small crack in the fluffy bunny & rainbows stepford version of the Danica franchise now that the ink is dry on both contracts, and her evil nemesis Princess Perma Pout is lurking just below the surface. Hmmm… It could become entertaining after all… But enough about Nascrap, moving on…
So here we are on the precipice of 2010… 1 new race that I’m still not convinced is a good thing, 1 extremely tired formula, 2 dominating superteams, many field fillers, half a dozen great drivers without rides, half a dozen mediocre drivers with rides (maybe) and a new CEO that has NEVER even been to a race. (what is it btw with these CEO’s that speak like they gargled Valium before their interviews? Seriously people, get a media coach or something…)
For those willing to suspend reality for 2 more years, the new year saw the reveal of several new cars in development for 2010, including the much hyped and now unveiled “Dildo Wing” er “Delta Wang” er whatever… (I’m still finding it hard to type anything about it with my eyes rolled back so far in my head at it’s mention…) One can only hope that sanity will prevail and one or more of the more reasonable designs from Lola or Swift will be adopted.
Not only is the IndyCar series suffering from lack of, well, everything! But the junior formula’s are in equally dire straights. We are but a couple of weeks from dropping the flag on 2010 and there isn’t one series with a complete line up of teams and drivers. Not surprisingly the Atlantics aren’t going to answer the bell this year. The tactic of going to Europe to sucker er… “test” european teams/drivers into participating was clever though once most of the N.American teams were twice bitten thrice shy when it came to participating and actually receiving something for their effort.
How you enjoying that million dollar payout J-Ed?
Ya that’s what I thought.
The latest kerfuffle that has everyone’s big girl panties in a wad (most of them male ironically) is that the golden child with the pedigreed name, but lackluster track record, is sitting on the sidelines (by choice!) while Milka Duno has been announced for the full monty in 2010 with Uncle Dale.
Hey, if Graham Crackers would rather hold out for the highest bidder on the wink and nod that he’ll be in one of the the red cars in 2011, that’s his prerogative. Just don’t invite us to the pity party because Milk & Donuts seized the opportunity to actually drive a race car this season that you tossed aside.
For all of those saying that Dale should have given him a 1 year contract instead of 2, give your fucking heads a shake. Why should Dale go through the expense and effort to house yet ANOTHER driver who is there by default and who will take his sponsors and bail at the end of one season. Puleese. Good for Dale for not allowing himself to be treated like a doormat. The ride was offered and turned down. Period. I’m sure Milka will be honoured to drive for Dale. And good for him for putting her in the seat for the full season. I bet she will learn a lot under his tutelage.
Note for any other driver putting all of their eggs in one basket based on the promise of something in the future: NEWSFLASH, there IS NO GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE in ANY of these series. Just ask the teams, and drivers, and staff who had the rugs pulled out from under them with the speed and skill of a bullfighter over the last couple of years. ChampCar, FBMW, Atlantics, USF1, etc… etc… etc…
Take what is offered to you, when it is offered to you, because you may not get another chance.
I weep for the future of racing.