The comment section of my previous blog entry quickly became polluted by squawking cart-centric flat earthers still stuck in the previous decade. Despite what I thought was a realistic forward-looking future schedule that included new venues in new markets, consistency with existing offerings and rationale for all, a handful of ‘sky is falling’ nutjobs offered no alternatives or meaningful counterpoint. That is not what I had anticipated.
Instead we got the same tired and dated howls of Tony George as the root cause of all the problems in open wheel, 25/8, aggressive attempts to position the sport as a sponsor-less, ratings-less, attendance-less waste of time. If that is the case why is the same handful of impaired individuals devoting so much time to preaching their gospel of doom-filled nonsense? What purpose does it serve? If they were not hypocrites would they not have found another way to enjoy themselves at some point over the eighteen years we are from their quaint little D-Day?
I appreciate fellow racing fans whose sphere of consciousness pre-dates 1979, whether from direct experience or intelligent study of the history of the sport. Sadly, many actual fans are leery of walking into such a minefield, whether it is my blog or any number of other blogs or forums designed with such chatter in mind.
Here is a suggestion for the obsessed: We have clearly understood for nearly eighteen years that you believe the sport is dead, dying or whatever, and that you hold Tony George primarily responsible. Instead of recycling your repetitive banter over and over why not take a different approach? A refreshing change might be to offer suggestions for righting the ‘sunken’ (LOL) ship.
It’s easy to be pessimistic. The current crop of mostly foreign road racers and their like-minded competition director seem hell bent on continuing to Euro-ize the series into a predominately non-oval adventure complete with an increasing number of standing starts and the like. History shows that approach fails 100% of the time in this country. That is my big worry. Back to basics is what is needed.
Think you have the courage to contribute something that looks forward and not backward? Forward is the only thing any of us can really affect now.