Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Musings

You can tell it's a holiday when ESPN has to fill a segment with a discussion about players complaining about the soccer ball being used at the World Cup. If I hear another word on that subject, it will be one to many. They should just make these whiners go to Wal-mart and get a ball there.

The crash at the end of the Indy 500 was unreal. Mainly because Mike Conway lived to see another day. Thirty years ago the ending would have been horrible. The carbon fiber tub and other innovations have given the drivers a much better chance. Fuel safety has come a long way with a major cutback in the explosive crashes and fires of the past. I remember in the early 1970's whenever another green flag dropped at Indy, I would fear for the lives of the drivers. Three drivers lost their lives after crashes at Indy in 1972-73. Jim Malloy and Art Pollard during practice, and Swede Savage during the '73 running of the 500. When you see some of those old crashes it makes it even more amazing Conway wasn't hurt worse. You can find plenty of the old Indy crashes posted on various sites around the internet.

I think I'm the only guy in the world who likes Kyle Busch. And Kurt for that matter. The Busch brothers are really getting it together on the Sprint Cup circuit. Of course Kyle is still too aggressive on the track at times, but the boy can drive. And he can irritate other drivers and fans alike. But he keeps on driving hard and I really believe he'll "get it" one of these days and turn some of the hatred around. His brother Kurt did just that after Jimmy Spencer woke him up with a punch to the nose in 2003. Kurt's image has come a long way in that time, with a recipe of fan-friendly campaigns mixed with charity work. And winning. He's accomplished the winning part by understanding he doesn't have go flat out on every single lap. He gave his younger brother the same advice last week. Until Kyle heeds that advice, he'll continue to invite more "Busch Bashing". Despite the bashing, the Busch boys are both in the top six of the points standings.

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