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Monday, February 20, 2006

It's only cheating if you get caught ...

After our civil discussions over corked bats and juiced ball players, how fitting is it that Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500 after being caught earlier in qualifying with an illegal back window that kept the draft off of his rear spoiler. (At least I think that's what it did).

Baseball has as many tricks as there are in sports when it comes to cheating from stealing signs, to scuffed balls to the aforementioned corked bats. Caddies on both the PGA and LPGA Tour give each other so many hand signals during a round of golf you'd think you were watching a third base coach calling for a squeeze play.

I don't get people's beef with NASCAR on Jimmie Johnson. His crew chief was not only tossed from the race, he was given a ticket out of town for the entire week. Johnson not only had to deal with a second team crew chief, he also had to start from the rear of the field.

Who better than The King to sum it up ... “I’d say everyone is trying to push the edge of what is legal," Richard Petty said during Speedweek. "If it is going on ... I’d tell my guys don’t get caught.”

No crew chief, lousy starting position, no help from his teammates and Johnson still wins the Daytona 500! Haters or not, you've got to give the 48 a high-five on that performance.


Blogger Roy Lang III said...

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10:58 AM  
Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Oh boy, where do I start.
THREE of the past FOUR races Jimmie Johnson has won, his team has been busted for some sort of cheating. And you want to know why folks are all over the No. 48 for "winning" the Daytona 500. NASCAR, by not taking away victories, is promoting cheating. Fine, try and cheat, but if you're dumb enough to get busted, you should pay ... dearly! Basically, the 48 got a free pass. They took the ILLEGAL window out and booted Knaus. Big deal. The crew chief's biggest contribution comes in preparation, not on race day. As proved this week.
Bottom line: Johnson is pompus and the 48 cheats.
"I'd like to dedicate this to all the haters," Johnson said afterwards.
Why do you think everyone hates you Jimmie?

10:58 AM  

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