Sunday, May 29, 2005

Cue "Fair and Balanced" Whiners in 3...2...1...

Robby Gordon raining on Danica's parade

CONCORD, N.C. – Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.

Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick's is lighter on the race track.


As someone on the Fark.com forum said, "It isn't fair to let Shaq play basketball because he is too huge." If the weight is so important, maybe its time to put the proper sized athletes behind the wheel instead of beer-bellied good old boys. I can't imagine what Churchill Downs would look like with a bunch of 200+ pound jockeys riding around. Maybe NASCAR and Indy are out of whack with real competition allowing "tradition" to impede performance. Then again, maybe this is one whiner and all that really matters is driving ability.

It is also noteworthy that, in the tradition of new media, the article was distilled down to a "talking point" issue, rather than discussing how good the actual driving of Robby Gordon or Danica Patrick might be. They did mention that Gordon participated in the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 in one day, but driving a lot isn't the same as driving well. There was no mention of Patrick's race history at all, as if she were merely a controversy generator and not a competitive racer.

6 comments:

Gack!!!!!!!!! said...

Hey, she's a WOMAN!!!!

End of story!

Women drivers belong embedded in the far ends of their garages.

Don Snabulus said...

There is something vaguely Moebian about that sentiment.

Philrod Piddlewaif said...

Isn't Moebius the chap that developed that twisted paper loop that goes on and on and on and on and on...?

Inconsequential!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Speaking of professional whiners, how about this bizarre tidbit?

Anonymous said...

Eltigris: Maybe gordo should lose some weight and not eat as many hog snout pork rinds.

Homer Simpson said...

Mmmmmm. Pork rinds...