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March 20, 2014

Epitome of the Worst Kind of IndyCar Fan

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:00 am

KrisBranch1Another one slithered forth from the woodwork.  Some hypocrite named Kris Branch out of Ocala used Robin Miller’s mailbag as a pulpit to whine incessantly with the same kind of nonsense tripe reserved for the most virulent of obsessed haters. Sooner or later the few remaining vulgar, loudmouthed malcontents should begin to die off. If they actually meant what they type they would have been gone or silent a long time ago or might have at least cultivated enough maturity to act like an actual racing fan. Clearly, Kris is as distant from that as former planet Pluto is from the sun. And then some.

Nuggets this yelping grandstander typed are, frankly, stupid to a degree that is difficult to comprehend. My first hand Indy 500 experiences date back to the first one I ever attended in 1961. Perhaps it is this broad view that allows me and other actual racing fans to appreciate each evolutionary phase of IndyCar. Anyone who states ‘our Indy 500 is dead’ or ‘the 1995 Indy 500 was OUR last Indy 500’ or ‘R.I.P. to OUR Indy 500: 1911-1995’ is utterly absent from understanding, reality and being an actual fan to a brutally retarded level.

KrisBranchFor the record none of these words should demonize normal racing fans still enamored of the memory of cart; the vast majority of them are actually genuine racing fans like most everyone else.  They follow IndyCar today without any of the melodramatic, out of touch lunacy that characterizes the bleating fringe. Just once it would be nice if cretins like Kris engaged their brains. It is not ‘YOUR’ Indy 500. The 500 does not belong to anyone. It belongs to EVERYONE in roughly equal amounts. And if ‘his’ Indy 500 died in 1995 why is he going in 2014 ‘because it is still the Indy 500?’ That makes no sense to anyone other than blatant hypocrites.

We are very nearly 20 years removed from 1995 and the entire world has changed in fundamental ways. Despite ‘Indy is dead’ shrieking for nearly 20 years it arrives like clockwork every May, when hundreds of thousands of paying fans stop by along with millions more on television. This May will mark my 50th 500 in person. I went before, during and after cart and usually enjoy each year as much as or more than the previous one. I cannot remember a bad one (although 1964 and 1973 were rough).

My advice for Kris and his handful of flat-earthed malcontents: Climb down off your crosses. You look rabidly foolish to adults with brains and sportsmanship. It is well beyond time those who fancy themselves as racing fans began acting like it. Criticism is fine as long as it is constructive and has some type of point. There are hundreds of ways IndyCar could improve. Lamenting what some myopically believed they had in 1995 will not result in any improvement at all and becomes exponentially more stupid as each year passes.



  1. I read that one and it was a bit much. Some people love to bitch. That’s why they exist on this earth. The funny thing is ; the guy is still a fan. That is a lot of energy to expend just being a fan. I agree whole heartedly about people using the word “our” showing personal ownership of a sport. Really ? It’s your Indy 500? Do you personally have ownership? Probably not.

    Comment by Dan — March 20, 2014 @ 3:11 am | Reply

  2. Talk about whiners, look in the mirror. You piss and moan about everything IRL….yet when someone else des it…BWahahahahahah.
    Editor’s Note: Correction: What I offer, on occasion, is forward thinking constructive criticism that is the polar opposite of desperately clinging to some mostly self-perceived fantasy past that is gone forever. Those who possess reading comprehension skills get that.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — March 20, 2014 @ 3:34 am | Reply

  3. Wow!!! Way to miss the point, D. You yourself have opined long and loud about the past: the innovation, the crowds, how the Speedway used to be maintained, the heritage of the local/USAC oval drivers whose reputations were made at Indy, so on and so forth. How traditions have been sacrificed for the sake of the “show”, and more. All anymore has to do is to go back and read through your archived stuff; you don’t sound that different, honestly.

    But you know something else? He, like you is STILL GOING TO THE 500! He’s spending his time and his cash to attend! That’s all anyone can ask for.

    Is his rhetoric a bit over the top ? Maybe, maybe not. Again you need to look at your own history (not that I’d expect you to) before going off on someone who’s obviously still attracted to the sport and the spectacle.

    And what’s so “wrong” about what he wrote? We all wished the events of 20 years ago hadn’t happened; we all wish that the people in the positions of influence and power had listened to each other, and the fans.i don’t think that there’s anyone that doesn’t wish for the days of the 60s, into the 70s,80s, and beyond when there were unique cars, even more unique personalities, and drama that for whatever reason have faded from the sport.

    Let Chris ( and whoever else) look back with a bit of a sense of anger, loss, frustration, whatever. He, and a lot of the rest of us HAVE made our peace with it, and are trying to get stoked about it again.

    As you said- going/looking forward is all any of us can do. You should at least appreciate that, despite his (Chris’) words and feelings, he is STILL a fan, and is STILL a PAYING CUSTOMER.

    Comment by skeptical1 — March 20, 2014 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    • Are your last two paragraphs directed at me. I’m Chris, the guy in Millers blog is Kris.
      Editor’s Note: My take is he thinks Kris is spelled Chris. If that makes any sense.

      Comment by Chris Lukens — March 20, 2014 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

      • Gee, sorry for the mistake. It wasn’t directed at you.

        And while I won’t tell you my whole name, my middle name is…wait for it…Chris (topher). With a “Ch”, not a “K”. Imagine that.

        Comment by skeptical1 — March 21, 2014 @ 2:48 am

  4. Skeptical 1 with a first pitch grand slam. Bravo.
    Editor’s Note: Helpful hint–Even though that post ran contrary to my opinion he did so in such a way that A) stuck with the topic and B) had no divergence into self flagellation. Perhaps that is a lesson you can learn.

    Comment by Bob Chinn — March 21, 2014 @ 12:53 am | Reply

  5. (Commentary that has nothing to do with subject matter relocated to comment thread dated 12/19/13)

    Comment by Bob Chinn — March 21, 2014 @ 11:03 am | Reply

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