this week I wrote a blog post headlined: “In Need of a Boogity, Boogity,
Boogity Break.” You can find it after this one, along
with more than 50 comments from readers.
wrote that I’d heard too much from you during coverage of the Darlington 500 about
how great the Gen 6 race cars were. I
was tired of hearing how much Kyle Busch has matured and how Danica Patrick has
improved. While all three are true (at least I
think Busch has matured), I felt it showed a lack of respect for true race
fans, the heart of the sport, to keep telling them the same thing over-and-over. We know a good race when we see one. We know who’s driving a good race. Who is getting better and who is showing more
maturity. We’re fans – real fans. We get it.
wasn’t a spur of the moment blog post. Twice
before this season I started to write similar columns but stopped before
publishing them. I wondered if I was the
only one who felt this way, that it might be unfair. But Darlington was over the top. I kept hearing how great the car and the
racing was early on – and it wasn’t. We
were repeatedly updated on Patrick as she fell further and further behind. Then there was the Busch discussion – about how
much more mature he was and how badly Busch felt about crashing Kasey Kahne at
Talladega. That did it.
was surprised – stunned would be a better word – by the response to my blog. The 50 plus people commenting were easily
more than I’ve ever heard from before.
By a wide margin. More
importantly, these must be considered diehard NASCAR fans, searching the
hinterlands of the blogosphere for stories on the sport they love, before
stumbling across my blog and taking the time to write a comment.
The vast majority of the comments were respectful (not always the case) and I
was struck by the common themes expressed by many. Like me, some had wondered if they were the
only ones unhappy with the broadcasts. They
were tired of the incessant drumbeat in support of the Gen 6 race car. Many acknowledged the car is a vast
improvement (so do I), but it is not the be-all, end-all and we don’t need to
be told it repeatedly how great it is.
It’s better. We expect it will
continue to get better. But it’s not
but it doesn’t look as if the Mikey and Darrell combination is being well
received. Many questioned a possible conflict
of interest, given the relationship you and your brother have with Toyota. I’ve never felt either of you have gone over
the line, but others obviously have. I am surprised that Fox would allow even
the appearance of a conflict. In
a situation like this, broadcasters must be absolutely beyond question.
many of those writing a comment, “boogity, boogity, boogity” has run its
course. Frankly, my original headline
was more of a metaphor then a comment on the phrase itself. To me, the racing season doesn’t start every
year until I hear my first “boogity.”
But my wife hates the phrase – and so apparently do many
please note that many wrote fondly of your days as a driver and even an
announcer. They long for the old Jaws. They long for a voice. With NASCAR instituting
a virtual gag order on drivers, the sport – your sport and our sport – needs a
could still be it.