Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Who won Indy again?

Just so we're all clear on this: Dan Wheldon won the latest Indianapolis 500

The clarification is necessary because Danica Patrick is in so many places (including this blog) you would think she won the race.

That's not to take away from what she did. She led a good portion of the race, had a shot to win, and had the highest finish by a female driver ever.

But Dan Wheldon is currently leading the IRL standings and has won 3 out of the 4 races this year. He was the runner up to Tony Kannan last year in the IRL standings after winning 3 races, and won Rookie of the Year in 2003. This man should get more attention.

If the Indy folks are going to push Patrick, they are going to need to establish someone as a foil. Why not Wheldon? After all, he's a young driver who's clearly got skills, and is in position to challenge Patrick for many years to come. Plus he's as white a male as they come, even if he's English. And we all know the non-sports mainstream media, the ones who are helping push Patrick, love to hate white males.

One more thing: Robby Gordon needs to shut up about Patrick's weight. Gordon, who was once the hottest rookie in open wheel racing, is now a middling NASCAR driver who never lived up to his potential. Dude is just bitter.

"Roy Williams" Rule

Ordinarily, I'm in favor of rule changes to improve safety. While football's a violent game and people do get hurt, it's important to reduce the injuries because teams have so much money inversted in players. Besides, the league is making the rules, not OSHA.

Banning the horse-collar tackle I find a bit suspect, however, because the rule is so poorly written.

When someone's running to the end zone, the defender is going to bring them down any way possible. If the defender grabs the runner by the back of the jersey or shoulder pads to save the touchdown and the runner's knees buckle, he's going to draw a flag for a horse-collar the way it's written.

Why even take a pursuit angle on a ball carrier in the open field when you can draw a flag by making a touchdown saving play?

Stupid rule.

Tomorrow: Missing the cut.
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