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December 22, 2014

A Holiday Gift From The Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:50 pm

Sing ItThe management of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, often chided for repeatedly choosing the worst possible alternative when choices exist, hit one out of the park on Monday with an early Christmas present for its fans. The homegrown recording artists Straight No Chaser will take Jim Nabor’s place for ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ for the 2015 500.

So Long BuddyThis is an absolutely GREAT choice. Their rendition should jibe perfectly with the revered pre-race pageantry. What a wonderful choice that will appeal to multiple demographics. It fits right in with tradition and seems the most seamless possible choice as a post-Nabors bridge. Way to go!

As always, however, I have suggestions on behalf of those of us who actually attend every year. The single biggest problem with the 90 minutes before the big race is the way the structure is governed by ESPN on ABC. It Hiccupshould be the other way around. In prior decades the pre-race ceremonies had a certain rhythm and flow that was continuous. What may be made to fit between breaks on ABC has become choppy and disjointed for those of us in the stands. Bring that back, hand the schedule to ABC and tell them to figure out content versus breaks. A good place for a break, for example, is during Aunt Flo’s warbling of GBA, the pitch of which seems usually determined by how many drinkie-poos she has consumed up in the suite.

Next suggestion from the attendees: Find a ‘voice of God’ announcer (Note: Calabro ain’t that) and include the famous ‘homage’ speech. Bring back the marching bands and baton twirlers. Get A-list celebrities who want to be there.

But I digress. What a great choice in Straight No Chaser. Happy Holidays and we will see you in May!

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2 Comments »

  1. It IS a great choice. I’ve seen Straight No Chaser on PBS several times, and I wish I could find a CD by them in a “record” store. A worthy successor to Jim Nabors, and I hope they come back every year.

    Comment by DOUG — December 23, 2014 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  2. (Off topic commentary relocated to comment section of 12/19/13 blog)

    Comment by Willy Pheistergache — December 25, 2014 @ 4:06 pm | Reply


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