Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
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Summer Vacation, Day 21, July 29th 2010.
I started the day with some Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Couldn't find Starbucks. I don't remember the last time I went to Dunkins. It was good coffee, not Starbucks.
Oddly, both Sunoco gas stations we passed were closed. I guess they were using the fuel for the race. LOL
That's Denny Hamlin's rig in front of us. He was moving at 80+ mph. I didn't realize it was his truck until it was almost too late to take a pic.
Going from Allentown to the racetrack, we go thru Lehigh Tunnel. I love tunnels.
Our turn off.
My setup. I park on a spot inside turn 3 immediately across from fenceline sites 7 and 8. It's always the same people in the area. Great people.
The SpeedTV setup in the infield.
The kids love the corn dogs here.
Coco Bongos is there every year. Directly in front of the tunnel of turn 2 (the tunnel turn). Your drink is put inside a coconut character head. If you bring back the coconut, then it's cheap, but we always forget them back home and end up buying another.
Brent Cross unloading and working on his car down by turn 1. My son and I walked right up to them and watched. Too cool!
The trucks pulling-in on Thursday. You can walk right up to the rigs. They line up on the infield near turn 2 for a truck wash.
Campfire and good night. 1st night at Pocono.
Guess where I went on July 27th? I stopped by the Darlington raceway. Didn't intend to. The wind brought me there. I was driving thru South Carolina and noticed Darlington was fast approaching. I immediately thought Darlington Raceway. Then a sign from god. Or was that a road sign. Darlington Raceway turn off ahead. I turned off.
I think it was 13 miles from the I95. WOOT!
Historical plaque located outside the museum.
A birds-eye view of the racetrack.
All the past champions. Winners of the Southern 500 and other Sprint Cup races held at Darlington.
The building is draped in classic images of the greats. Dale and Bobby.
Cale was one of the favs growing up. He was winning when I was a kid just learning about racing.
Love Darrell. But only after he cried when his brother won the Daytona 500 the day Sr died.
The real oldies.
Johnny Mantz was the 1st to win the Southern 500.
The museum has a bunch of old NASCAR cars. Bill Elliott, an all-time fan fav.
I believe this is what was left of Darrel Waltrips car.
Not that's not Kurt Busch's Miller Lite #2. That's Rusty Wallace's.
The blue #43 Plymouth.
Johnny Mantz was the 1st to win at Darlington.
The classic Hudson Hornet. The judge character from Cars was created from this car.
Some of the favs in the Stock Car Hall of Fame.
The trophy for fan fav.
Bill Elliott and Jr own this one.
The Southern 500 Trophy.
You can walk up these stairs and overlook the track.
Michelle Torbor, founder of Pink Playbook Inc. and wife of Miami Dolphins linebacker Reggie Torbor has threatened to sue Talk-Sports if the Reggie Torbor forum is not immediately removed. Her lawyers need an editor as the letter dated April 29th requested that we comply by March 3rd 2010. We responded that we'll remove the forum next time the date is March 3rd 2010.
If you are ever at a NASCAR event, then I recommend the Sprint FanView. From your RV or seat, you can only see what's immediately in front of you.
The FanView gives you the same video that you would get at home from the comfort of your couch. It's also got several in-car views and audio from all the drivers/pitcrews. If you are in your RV, then bring along some speakers and you can blast it for your entire family/group to hear. I rented two headsets, but we rarely used more than just the one. We were located directly next to PA system speakers, so we didn't actually need volume, as the PA was blasting the same audio as the FanView.
Last year at Pocono, we rented the audio only version. I don't recommend those. The FanView is a bit more expensive ($50 for the weekend) and completely worth it. You don't have to return the FanView immediately after the race. You can return it the next day at any UPS Store. This frees you up to party after the race.
It's too bad that the media simply reports the lies coming from the NHL about the Coyotes. It wouldn't take much courage to sit there and being laughing at them. Sure the NHL would black-balled you, but you represent integrity. When they report stuff like this, then you should laugh.
Weeks ago, the NHL reported they were not in control of the Coyotes. When the Coyotes declared bankruptcy, the NHL changed their mind and claimed they had taken control of the team from the owners. A month later, the courts disagreed as the NHL couldn't produce the documents they claimed to have.
Then the NHL claimed they controlled the rights to a second southern Ontario team and that this had nothing to do with the Sabres or the Leafs. Yet how many teams have moved in the last 10-20 years? Hartford? Winnipeg? Quebec? Dallas? How many times have we heard rumors of southern U.S. teams moving to Kansas City? Why was it made public that the Leafs would allow a 2nd Toronto team solely if they paid rent at the ACC? Why did some U.S. politicians petition the courts with concerns about the Sabres franchise?
Everybody knows it's just the NHL being the NHL again. Just as they did with Nashville (which is still in trouble). The Trashers are still in trouble. The Leafs gave $millions to the Lightning late (also in trouble) in the season and Bettman didn't seem to have any problem with that blatant circumvention of the NHL rules.
Why does the NHLPA put up with the NHL protecting broken teams at the expense of their revenue share?
I know why! Too many chickens. Nobody with the guts to stand up to Bettman, the Leafs and the Sabres. What we need is someone with the balls to do it. Like Balsillie. He's the solution to the current NHL problem. Let's support him. And let's stand up to the NHL and tell them that we want a team in Hamilton. Let's stand up to the Leafs. Let's stand up to the Sabres.
The game winning goal for the Canucks over Blackhawks last night looked like a game of shinny hockey. Note, all five Hawk players rush to the top of the circle, four of them, including one defenseman, goes for a skate behind the goalline. Vancouver doesn't immediately turn the puck up ice, there was plenty of time for the four Hawks to recover, but it appears only one of them decided to make an effort to get into the play. Is this an NHL team?
Let's start with the pass. With all four Blackhawks deep, Versteeg passes it backwards, then proceeds to leisurely skate into the corner. Havlat and Barker crash the net, which is fine, but Havlat had all day to try and come back and is nowhere to be found. Barker is a defenseman, he shouldn't be going to the net and engaging the d-man. Oddly, Barker was the only Hawk deep that was engaged with another player. Barker skates all the way back but fails to pick up the Canuck standing right beside him who scores the easy goal. What is the point of skating back, if you aren't gonna try to stop them. All three other Hawk forwards made no attempt to backcheck. Kane missed the pass, which causes the turnover, but the puck goes to the far boards and it takes several seconds to turn up ice. Where is Kane? Walker was the only Hawk on this play that played any defense, but he fails to take the guy with the puck and allows him to make a pass thru the middle.
Question. How did these guys beat the Flames? Or worse, were they trying to lose?
Before the game, I also visited the JFK assassination site which is slightly south of the American Airlines Center on the same street.
Immediately before the game we hung out in front of the arena and at the attached Chilis restaurant. Great restaurant. The restaurant and event had games out front, like NHL 09 for PS3, remote cars, air hockey and target shooting. We got 10 in free credits at Chilis. Unfortunately, we had already eaten at Chilis. Also infront were two large moving screens (20 feet tall) playing highlights and ads.
The arena is spectacular. The seats were great and included a free program, which unknowingly we had already purchased. The roaming beer vendor had a bock beer (I think it was Steiner Bock). Very good!
The game was great. Chris Mason stoned the Stars and Marty Turco played subpar, including an assist on the first Blues goal.
My son really enjoyed the game. It was a 55 dollar cab ride each way to and from the campground in Arlington.
The media blowing up the situation are the same people that put ARod on his pedestal. The media loves knocking those they put up their off. ARod has nothing to apologize for, especially to a planet full of jealous fools.
I wonder how many potential steroid using hall of famers chose not to use steroids, didn't make it out of AAA baseball and just got laid off from their bussing restaurant tables jobs. Doubt many.
We all have big morals looking from the outside. Layoff of ARod and start looking at the real problem; Bud Selig. This guy clearly covered up the steroids problem. Did he lie to congress, senate, grand jury about ARod? I don't know. But if failing to tell the whole truth is lying, then I know he did.
Thirty years from now, Bud Selig will be in the Hall of Fame. Bingody! Bangody! Boom! Who's the fool? You are!
On Sunday, we attended the Mets-Cardinals game at Shea Stadium. It was an amazing game, highlights by an amazing catch by Carlos Beltran. Four homeruns. Almost a fifth, taken away dead straight center field by Carlos. Johan Santana pitched a great game as well. After, the kids were allowed to run the bases. The kids also got free lunch boxes, ice cream and baseball cards.
Today, we agreed with Sinuate Media to promote the NHL Playoffs on Versus and Versus content. You'll find a Versus banner at the top of all the NHL pages for the month of May. Enjoy!
Here's a preview of the Sidney Crosby special on Versus tomorrow night.
In last nights semi-finals hockey game, a player on the Buffalo Sabres cleared the puck in his own zone over the glass. This has been consistantly called a penalty all season. I have never, in the last two years, heard of this by the book penalty being not called. The refs refused to call it. The refs should be fired. You cannot go all season calling this penalty consistantly and abandon that commitment just because it's the semi-finals. The rules cannot change, this late into the game.
The fact that the media didn't report this incident is simply another indication that the main stream media is a bunch of bologna.
More girlfriend forums, for the MLS soccer players.
I create a couple hundred PGA player girlfriend forums. If anybody is interested.
Randy Charles Morin on the FIFA World Cup match between Italy and Germany.