T 'n' A
Since we got so wound up in cars, the rest of the sports have become almost nonexistent. So much so that, even with a modicum of success in sports as a yute (youth), there is now no interest in the traditional round-ball and other ball sports. We could even go off on a tangent and rail about our view on the surley, corrupt and immoral "Heros" that traditional sport has given us, but that flag goes up the pole on another occasion.
We don't resent the sports, or deny the talent of the players, or begrudge the fanatical (see where the word fan came from?) conduct and spending habits of the spectators, so we take offense when one of their own takes a shot at motorsports.
Who in the hell is this fashionably goateed, turtle-necked, valley-boy talkin' Jim Rome? All the contrived-coolingo and feigned outrage in the world isn't going to make this obviously IN broadcaster have credibility with any thinking viewer-listener-fan.
I borrowed a fellow workers' car and the radio was tuned to an AM sports talk channel. Rome was disgusted that John Force threw out the first pitch at a major league ball game in some city where there must've been an NHRA meet that week.Without out and out calling Force a non-sports figure, Rome slobbered that baseball should be left to baseball people; yeah, baseball people like the President (That's another subject), movie stars, other politicians and who else? What's the point? The act (having a recognizable person throw out the ball) is obviously one to foster interest in baseball from other consumer communities and to provide an entertainment value at the ballpark. So this juvinile delinquent snob decided that today, his diatribe would be against this John Force character, who dared to be celebrated enough to be given the honor (dubious) of throwing out the first ball.
I am not a drag racing fan necessarily and know precious little about it. But I do know that people spend good money to see Force - and Forces' sponsors put up honest money to produce and maintain the equipment - and Force puts his special talents and his own whatchacallits on the line - and goes 300 MPH in a lousey 1/4 mile with a potential bomb in front of him and gets stopped and jumps out and gives an entertaining interview to whichever camera is covering the event, then probably goes home and does some charity work, and then hosts some chicken-shit car club at his shop....wait...let me catch my breath.........so who is this self-appointed jurist of baseball promotional protocol who thinks that Force is not appropriate to throw out the stinkin' ball?
Who would he choose? Maybe the quarterback that choked him out on TV a few years ago. Now that was appropriate.
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