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Racing auto be obsolete by now ("SPORTSWRITER" GOES GREEN)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 6, 2010 | NORMAN CHAD

Posted on 06/07/2010 4:32:01 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

It's just a wasteful, reckless, unnecessary, ozone-destroying exercise

Last Sunday, they ran the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500. That's about 1,100 unnecessary miles of tire treads wearing thin.

My friends, auto racing is a road to nowhere.

Ten years into a new millennium, it's time to put the exhaust pipes into an antique shop. It's time we engage in a new age of enlightenment, recognize auto racing as obsolete and end the around-the-oval madness.

At the risk of being tossed out of the sports fraternity -- Who am I kidding? I was tossed out years ago; why do you think I sit at home alone watching the passing parade? -- let me suggest that, rather than continuing to be obsessed with ''higher, faster, stronger,'' we set our sights on smarter, kinder, better.

(I often look back on thriving ancient civilizations as a guidepost to proper living. And in 4th century B.C. China, you never heard. ''Gentlemen, start your rickshaws.'')

NASCAR has the carbon footprint of a brontosaurus.

This whole business of maintaining an industry on wasteful, reckless behavior -- we're talking technology not to build a better mousetrap but to simple create a faster race car --should be tossed into the junkyard.

(I realize some of you are saying, ''You think auto racing is irrelevant? Aren't you the guy who broadcasts poker on TV?'' Gosh, I hate when people say poker that way. Granted, poker is not helping solve the world's problems, but it isn't creating a hole in the ozone layer, and it keeps college kids from studying too much.)

This year, NASCAR decided to let its drivers race even more roughhouse to give fans more bang -- and banging -- for their buck. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said they wanted to put racing ''back in the hands of the drivers, and we will say, 'Boys, have at it.'''

Boys, have at it?

That's like the National Rifle Association asking gun owners to be a little more trigger-happy.

Surely, the unruly behavior on the track translates to more aggressive driving on the roads. We're an imitative culture. Heck, if Danica Patrick started applying makeup on Turn 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, there'd be a Revlon revolution on our interstates by Monday.

But the road rage NASCAR encourages is not nearly as indicting as the damage NASCAR wreaks on the planet.

If the Exxon Valdez was an environmental assassin, auto racing's a serial killer.

Forget ''Drill Baby Drill.'' How about ''Still Baby Still''?

Auto racing wastes hundreds of thousands of gallons of precious fossil fuel and adds tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

(Yeah, I know -- global warming doesn't exist. Then why do I wake up in a cold sweat every night in the dead of winter?)

And what do thousands of fans drive to a NASCAR race? Gas-thirsty RVs. This is like eating hot dogs before a hot dog-eating contest.

NASCAR cars average about 5 mpg. Even an armored Humvee gets 8 on the highways.

(To really waste fuel, why don't we race airplanes?)

In 1974, the Daytona 500 was actually the Daytona 450 --NASCAR cut its races that year by 10 percent in response to the energy crisis. But that was a public-relations gesture rather than a substantive solution.

It's time to put it in park.

In the interest of the greening of America, we should replace stock- car races with three-legged races. This kills two sparkplugs with one stone: It's better for the environment, and it's better for physical fitness.

Besides, I think everyone should walk to work.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: auotracing; autoracing; envirowhackos; gorebalwarming; greens; ihopethisissatire; liberals; nannystate; nascar
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It's kind of odd that this clown isn't concerned with sports teams of all types flying continually back and forth over the country spewing all sorts of gorebal-warming-causing pollutants.
1 posted on 06/07/2010 4:32:01 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Delivering newspapers in the Internet age is a waste of fossil fuels.


2 posted on 06/07/2010 4:34:18 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (What do Snap-On and Obama have in common? They're both tools.)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

heh heh..

Good one!


3 posted on 06/07/2010 4:36:26 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Chi-townChief
It's time to put it in park.

LOL Good luck with all that.
4 posted on 06/07/2010 4:37:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: The Iceman Cometh

Amen. And if they can’t shut down all at once, they can start by eliminating useless columns that waste paper and ink each year—like Norman Chad’s drivel.


5 posted on 06/07/2010 4:38:32 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Chi-townChief

You could say the same thing about any form of unnecessary
assembly of people or travel.


6 posted on 06/07/2010 4:39:16 AM PDT by craigster_nc
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To: Chi-townChief

stop global stupidity.


7 posted on 06/07/2010 4:40:49 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: craigster_nc

“You could say the same thing about any form of unnecessary
assembly of people or travel.”

Yes, that’s coming soon if not already here.


8 posted on 06/07/2010 4:43:04 AM PDT by vigilo
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To: Chi-townChief

The rantings of a rabid, leftist, environut.


9 posted on 06/07/2010 4:46:24 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: craigster_nc
You could say the same thing about any form of unnecessary assembly of people or travel.

And Norman Chad would like to be the Necessary Czar!

10 posted on 06/07/2010 4:46:32 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I’m assuming he didn’t get free press passes to either event.


11 posted on 06/07/2010 4:46:42 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: Chi-townChief

I think Norman’s problem is that he just doesn’t like ‘guy stuff’, like guns, driving fast,....(other things come to mind).


12 posted on 06/07/2010 4:48:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: vigilo

We are going to be nudged into another Dark Ages.


13 posted on 06/07/2010 4:50:04 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: Chi-townChief

Spoken like a man who probably hasn’t seen live-action high-speed driving since “The Blues Brothers” wrapped.


14 posted on 06/07/2010 4:50:38 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Chi-townChief

Sports announcers and writers have all gone Marxist lately.


15 posted on 06/07/2010 4:52:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Chi-townChief

These nuts are everywhere. This race had a smaller carbon footprint on that sunday than Al Gore’s house, not to mention his jet, or his big mouth. Oh, and FYI Dude, ever heard of the National Air Races at Reno Nevada?


16 posted on 06/07/2010 4:53:30 AM PDT by tightwadbob (There is no right way to do the wrong thing. Hardcore Angry Conservative for Pres in '12)
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To: Chi-townChief
A herd of soccer moms ferrying their kids to practice and back has a carbon footprint of a dinosaur too. This liberal POS buttcover needs to find a job digging ditches with a shovel to appreciate modern conveniences.

Has anyone else noted lately that a bunch of idiots have emerged from Chicago that are urinating upon the country?

17 posted on 06/07/2010 4:53:32 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Chi-townChief

That last line, “I think everyone should walk to work,” gives me some hope that this whole article was satire. Surely he can’t expect a city the size of Chicago to try and pull that off ... or is he that far over the enviro-leftfield fence to thus expect.


18 posted on 06/07/2010 4:55:26 AM PDT by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I bet ol’ Norman doesn’t live within walking distance of the printing plant. After all - that is the working end of a paper (it’s NOT the office building).


19 posted on 06/07/2010 4:55:27 AM PDT by MortMan (I'm just an inkjet printer in a holographic world...)
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To: Chi-townChief

“Racing auto be obsolete by now”

It don’t be obsolete.
It be stayin’.


20 posted on 06/07/2010 4:56:25 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Chi-townChief

This is one of the dumbest articles I’ve read in months.

I could almost feel my IQ dropping with each passing sentence.


21 posted on 06/07/2010 4:56:43 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
You may be right.

(Yeah, I know -- global warming doesn't exist. Then why do I wake up in a cold sweat every night in the dead of winter?)

If I remember correctly night sweats are a symptom of AIDS.

Maybe he really doesn't like guy stuff!

22 posted on 06/07/2010 4:56:54 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Chi-townChief
(To really waste fuel, why don't we race airplanes?)

We do, you ignorant dumbass "sportswriter"

23 posted on 06/07/2010 4:57:51 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Chi-townChief

I agree with you. Entertainment comes in many forms. And even though you and I may relish the skill and strategy of a baseball game, let’s face it, it’s high priced entertainment for the unwashed masses. Sporting events are food basically engorgement opportunities and a chance to live your fantasies through others. So be it.


24 posted on 06/07/2010 4:58:20 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: ken21
stop global stupidity.

If we could we could stop liberalism too. And that would be a good thing.

25 posted on 06/07/2010 5:00:44 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Lazamataz
Sports announcers and writers have all gone Marxist lately.

As usual, Rush saw this early-on with his brief encounter with the sportscasting world. But now it starts to come to the surface so the "rest of us mortals" can now see it too.

26 posted on 06/07/2010 5:02:09 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Chi-townChief

Norman Chad

Nuf' said.

27 posted on 06/07/2010 5:03:19 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Chi-townChief

L
28 posted on 06/07/2010 5:04:10 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chi-townChief

Ha. I wanna see someone come down to Charlotte Motor Speedway and tell the people this.


29 posted on 06/07/2010 5:04:25 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Chi-townChief

I’m guessing limousine lefty. If he truly believes in what he says... sell the house, cut off from the grid, dump the car(s), put up your solar panel and good luck to you.


30 posted on 06/07/2010 5:05:33 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Home Depot should begin stocking up on pitchforks and torches.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Granted, poker is not helping solve the world's problems, but it isn't creating a hole in the ozone layer,...

Wonder how much gas & oil are burned for all the entrants to get to these poker fests?

31 posted on 06/07/2010 5:05:36 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I’d agree the auto racing world is heading towards a dead-end but nothing to do with green politics. It used to be ordinary people could soup up the Dodge in their own garage and head for the track. Now unless you have multinational conglomerates paying the freight, you can’t afford to get any closer to the track then the stadium seats.

Teams of cars are fielded with stooges to suppress the opposition and make a hole for the “star” to coast to victory. Instead of man to man competition, it’s “Tide” vs Extenz. It would be nice if the sport could return to the people, not just the boardrooms.


32 posted on 06/07/2010 5:11:47 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Chi-townChief

Millions of people are at home in front of a TV for four or five hours on Sunday watching NASCAR. If they weren’t doing thet, they would be out driving to the mall or driving around on their boats, etc. NASCAR saves fuel. We need more NASCAR to prevent global warming.


33 posted on 06/07/2010 5:13:24 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: stinkerpot65

That explains a hell of a lot.


34 posted on 06/07/2010 5:14:41 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Chi-townChief

Interesting article from 1974 about cutting Daytona laps down.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kBofAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M40EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5718,1603290&dq=in+1974+the+daytona+500+daytona+450&hl=en
In a nutshell, it was done at the request of federal energy officials.


35 posted on 06/07/2010 5:15:26 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Chi-townChief

“It’s just a wasteful, reckless, unnecessary, ozone-destroying exercise”

This can describe any sport imaginable.


36 posted on 06/07/2010 5:16:05 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Not to mention how much energy is burned in those Vegas casinos keeping them cool and illuminating their massive signage.


37 posted on 06/07/2010 5:16:45 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Chi-townChief

There is no such thing as Global Warming so the Carbon Footprint is a mirage. If people want to watch it so what, go back to riding bicycles and leave America alone. What a Maroon.

Pray for America


38 posted on 06/07/2010 5:16:48 AM PDT by bray (No You Don't!)
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To: Chi-townChief

My guess is that market forces will greatly reduce or kill off most of the major spectator sports within 5 or 10 years. I won’t miss them. Many years ago, I thought it was worth money to watch guys drive in a circle, but not so much now.

All is not lost. The rednecks can still pick their banjos. (He said as he glanced lovingly at his Ramsey custom 5 string.)


39 posted on 06/07/2010 5:18:59 AM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: Chi-townChief

40 posted on 06/07/2010 5:20:16 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Chi-townChief
Had to chuckle when I saw one of these bumper stickers on a pickup truck.


41 posted on 06/07/2010 5:20:43 AM PDT by McGruff (So how is that Hopey Changey thingy working out for ya America?)
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To: Chi-townChief
Yo NORMAN, every 'Sport' is "unnecessary" ya asshat. Get the picture bonehead.
42 posted on 06/07/2010 5:23:13 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: McGruff

Someone please involuntarily commit these leftist morons to insane asylums. The weird thing is that they take themselves seriously. Such moonbat loons.


43 posted on 06/07/2010 5:24:12 AM PDT by hal ogen ($10 (I think) amounts through the internet from all over the world.)
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To: Category Four
That last line, “I think everyone should walk to work,” gives me some hope that this whole article was satire.

That's why I'm glad I'm not a satirist. The best satire used to carry individual and societal flaws to an extreme to highlight those problems. Today, the only way to distinguish the two is that satire cannot quite cross the line into absurdity, while reality normally does for liberals.

44 posted on 06/07/2010 5:24:45 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Chi-townChief

A true liberal believes that all professional sports should banned for the good of the planet. The fuel that’s burned by race cars is a tiny fraction of the fuel that’s burned by spectators going to all sporting events.

But if all pro sports were banned, Norman “Hanging” Chad would be out of a job.

So, being the idiot and hypocrite that he is, he selectively calls for banning only auto racing.

And like most liberals, Chad surely believes that auto racing fans are knuckle dragging rednecks anyway, so he gives his elitist ego an extra little boost by knocking them.


45 posted on 06/07/2010 5:25:22 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Republicans should campaign like Rush Limbaugh. A lot more of them would get elected.)
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To: Chi-townChief
What if people want to race cars? Shouldn't auto racing be safe, legal, and rare?
46 posted on 06/07/2010 5:28:51 AM PDT by IncPen (How can a man who won't produce his own documentation lecture the rest of us on immigration?)
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To: Chi-townChief

Now I know why socialistic countries have almost no form of large scale auto racing events. They have idiots trying to equalize everyone right down to the size of the daily garlic and beet rations, can’t have people grouping in mass of course either, that free will thing can’t exist in either an Islamic or Communist country.


47 posted on 06/07/2010 5:33:06 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: Chi-townChief

Air conditioning the halls of Congress should cease immediately to save the ozone, members should have their toilet paper rationed to save trees and members should have only smart cars or Segues to get to and from their offices. Let Congress lead by example.


48 posted on 06/07/2010 5:33:39 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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What a homo.

I personally don’t enjoy NASCAR, but I don’t want it to be banned.


49 posted on 06/07/2010 5:35:51 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Chi-townChief

>My friends, auto racing is a road to nowhere.

But a bunch of tall steroid dudes throwing a ball into a hoop over and over again is the path to the future, right?


50 posted on 06/07/2010 5:36:01 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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