Random thoughts from the Tribune Sports desk

By Joel Hansen
I have to be honest, I never thought I would talk NASCAR in this column. Not that I don’t like car racing, I am a bit of Formula One snob and love rally and trophy truck racing, but have always kinda looked down on NASCAR. But, my thinking might be changing since last weekend’s brawl in the pits at the Texas Motor Way.

If you are not familiar with the story – after a restart of the race some dude named Brad Keselowski tried to shoot between another dude named Jimmie Johnson and a dude named Jeff Gordon. He made contact with Gordon’s number 24 car (this is how these guys refer to each other, by their numbers, another thing I learned) clipped his rear wheel and cut the tire. Gordon finished 29th and now needs to win his next race to stay alive in the Sprint Cup Chase. (Whatever that is.)

Anyways this really worked up Jeff Gordon (who I only know because he sang “take me out the ball game” at Wrigley Field once and called it Wrigley Stadium, which as you know caused the Cubs fans to boo him mercilessly. So Gordon, understandably hot, confronted Bradley after the race who was dismissive of Gordon’s complaints.

Now personal appearance isn’t generally fodder for this esteemed sports writer and usually has no place in an award winning column like mine, but this guy Bradley looks like a complete weasel.
Most of the reports I have read by NASCAR experts (whose names all seem to end in a y) all agree that what Bradley did wasn’t wrong, just good old fashion racing, but I can see the appeal to wanting to take a swing at him. And it seems like most drivers in NASCAR want to do just that.

In fact, my new and only favourite driver Kevin Harvick even pushed Bradley back into the fight after he tried to hide behind his pit crew and reportedly told him to man up and fight his own battles. Awesome. I love these guys and I am actually looking forward to the next race, especially after I heard a bloodied Gordon interviewed after the fight and drop a “dipshit” on Bradley when describing him and his racing style.

I can’t wait for The Quicken Loans Race for Heros 500 (yes, that’s its real name) in Phoenix.

Boggity Boggity, as they say.

One comment

  1. Joel,
    The Vallarta Tribune is a local newspaper for English speaking residents, plus the vast number of first time and long time visitors, many of whom may be interested in local sports. There must be a number of local amateur and school sports teams in Puerto Vallarta and River Nayarit that would be overjoyed to read about their names and game scores in a local newspaper. Even some of the amateur tennis tournaments at the many tennis clubs at the resorts. Perhaps even the club tennis pros would like to be interviewed, or the coaches of the school sport teams.

    I recommend to all those that I have addressed above, to contact you with school game results, league standings or championships .It is one way to promote your readership, and to develop the participation and following of school and business sport activities.

    To whit … I have a story to tell. During my career at the Pacific Gas & Electric Utility in California, and as the Vice President of the Employees Association section in San Francisco, I decided to take up tennis. As a Board Member of the San Francisco Park and Recreation Industrial Division with access to the city park and recreation tennis courts, I organized a company tennis team. I went to the Tennis Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, then Howard Carr, who wrote in the Green Sporting pages, and explained the tennis program that I was planning to organize by playing other industrial companies.

    In addition to the world professional tennis tournaments, he wrote about our company tennis tournaments, and listed our tournament results along with the world professional tennis tournament results. Soon he was bringing his daughter to play in our tennis tournaments.

    Running some 22 tennis tournaments yearly in San Francisco and the top tennis clubs as far away as Los Vegas and Palm Springs , soon our tournament results were printed on top of and before the International Professional tournaments . One day Howard was called into his Editor and Chief office who asked why a company tennis tournament results were given preference to the professionals, and received write ups prior to each tournament ? Of course I was a good organizer , and always provided timely copy to the editor, even calling in the tournament results from Las Vegas , and our players would see their names in the San Francisco Examiner at their Hotel room door the next morning.

    So that is my story. I ran some 186 tennis tournaments at PG&E, and the PG&E Employees Association was noted as the best company employees association in America.

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