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February 3, 2014

Threatening the Existence of Motor Sports

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 5:16 pm

Put Undies on EmAs the general population of the country continues growing vaginas at a startling pace, ‘manly’ testosterone fueled sports are under assault. It is actually rather frightening. The NFL, for example, is threatened by fear of serious long term injury, particularly head injuries. One look at a 70 year old legend from Super Bowl weekend, Joe Namath, provides compelling circumstantial evidence. The guy has problems expressing coherent sentences, and he screwed up the coin toss. Combine that with the increase of soccer as the population tans and as child rearing couples increasingly forbid their kids from playing tackle football, and the NFL should be worried.

Today ratings and revenue are not a problem for the NFL, but the chick-ization of society has definitely affected all of auto racing. NASCAR’s ‘chase’ has not worked out as they had hoped so not they have added reality-like eliminations in an attempt to increase eyeballs. Ratings are flat and seats are being removed from tracks at a fast clip. Formula One experienced a 10% decrease in ratings, purportedly because fans became tired of seeing Vettel win most of the time.

Uh OhIndyCar has been under assault for over a decade. The most ignorant of the screechers continue stupidly blaming Tony George and 1996, but a combination of horrible, revolving management bent on self-destruction has plagued the genre more than anything else over the years. The critics are very fond of pointing out ratings challenges for IndyCar.

As a subscriber to the Hemingway definition of sports (bullfighting, motor racing and mountain climbing, presumably because all three can lead to literal sudden death) the wussification of society is troubling because meddlesome people who believe they have a right to tell others what they can or can’t watch have gained a foothold, and sports that can kill participants greatly trouble such folks.

Hopefully I am wrong. My tendency to be, as my critics point out, full of crap may be indicative of some irrational fear. But look at the numbers and look at the trends, then try to look forward fifteen years. Pretty scary.

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3 Comments »

  1. Sadly its not an irrational fear. The NFL is under assault. Kickoffs may soon be a thing of the past. F1 is too afraid to allow refueling. Oval racing is under assault because its perceived to be more dangerous than road courses. New track records are not allowed since the cars must be slowed down for “safety”. Politicians and other groups tell us what we can eat, what we can and cannot say, and on and on. Its worse than just the wussification of society because it removes some of our fundamental liberties.

    Comment by Bob F. — February 3, 2014 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  2. Then how do you explain the frighteningly high levels of violence in our society? Just punch in ‘girl fight’ in U Tube and you’ll find dozens of videos of teenage girls beating the hell out of each other…and what about UFC and other extreme fighting…as if a good boxing match was not physical enough, UFC pitches two fighters in a cage like animals to beat the bejeezus out of each other and this is the fastest growing sport among our youth…and then there’s the unlimited gun violence where kids have turned to shooting innocent joggers just for the hell of it…yes, the major sports are becoming more and more tame as we eliminate head shots in football, charging the mound in baseball and have resorted to slowing down our motorsports….yet, our confused and disoriented society becomes more and more out of control….difficult to explain….

    Comment by Neil Rubin — February 11, 2014 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  3. you only get one comment anymore? IRL STRONG! lol.
    Editor’s Note: Please reference the comment section of ‘The Idiot Repository’ dated December 19. That is where most of them end up. Thanks.

    Comment by Spicoli — February 12, 2014 @ 4:42 am | Reply


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