Skip to comments.Seahawks' Golden Tate criticizes NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson
Posted on 07/15/2011 10:50:36 PM PDT by Route797
LOUDON, N.H. Jimmie Johnson has two titles he is especially proud to have linked to his name. Five-time NASCAR champion. AP Male Athlete of the Year.
Johnson was swept into a brief Twitter feud this week because of his inclusion as a nominee for male athlete of the year at the ESPY Awards.
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate posted on his account, @ShowtimeTate, "Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism."
Tate, 22, angered NASCAR fans and posted, "12th man get these rednecks off me."
More Tate tweets:
"I've driven a car on unknown roads at night at 90mph no big deal. No sign of athletism."
"Guarantee he couldn't in million year play any SPORT."
"give me 6 months of training and I bet I could compete."
NASCAR defenders got Tate's attention.
"Apologies for my offensive comment to NASCAR fans. I actually read up on it and NO I couldn't race a car 150 mph," he wrote.
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
Race car driving requires great hand-eye coordination and stamina.
Sounds like his agent screamed at him to apologize and shut up.
Golden Tate would be dead.
Look, I'm not defending NASCAR here, Mister Tate, but why don't you shut up? You play for the SEAHAWKS.
You only look particularly spectacular because the Seahawks are so spectacularly lousy.
Keep idiots away from Twitter. One reason I don’t tweet.
At Daytona and Talledega, 150 is what they slow down to in the turns.
My advice to Golden Tate, should he ever be foolhardy enough to actually try to race in NASCAR:
Drink a gallon of Colyte prep and take a Fleet enema the night before the race. It’ll make your driving suit a lot more comfortable.
Football only requires 1 ball....NASCAR requires 2...nuff said. And yes I root for Seahawks being the local team here.
How many minutes out of 60 is Tate actually doing something? A 500-mile race will take three hours or more to complete with the driver never leaving the car which can be 130 deg. inside, making split-second decisions constantly.
Nobody seems to have an problem calling golfers athletes.
It’s really funny when ‘athletes’ bag on racers as not being “athletes.” I’m not a big NASCAR guy but to be amped on adrenaline almost non stop for 500 miles at 200 mph... Most people are exhausted after a 2 hour trip in the passenger seat.
I challenge anyone thinking that racing requires no athletic ability to strap in to the passenger seat of a SCORE off-road Trophy Truck and do 1000 miles in Baja.
750 Horsepower 30 inches of wheel travel and no Air conditioning or onboard entertainment systems. Takes about 20 hours or so.
Nope, just a Sunday afternoon drive ;)
I would think that Golden Tate would be right if the NASCARs had air conditioning. But doing that for several hours wearing all that gear has got to be taxing. I’ll bet racing cars is more athletic than golf.
Rednecks? Why not Crackers?
Certainly not I.
I’ll bet racing a car requires more physical and mental stamina, and heat-tolerance, than being a baseball player. Baseball requires quick bursts of strength and speed, but there’s a lot of rest time in between. In baseball, you’re spending 95% of your time standing around (and you’re guaranteed half the game, minus at-bat and on-base, sitting in a shaded dugout with iced gatorade at the ready). I don’t see any big controversy over whether baseball players are athletes or not.
Hawks’ fan here as well. You’d think would weed out the idiots with the Pete carroll era.
He’s not fit to scrape mud off a redneck’s farm boots.
Every racer I ever saw getting out of a car (or truck) was soaked in swear and clearly ‘exerted’ if not outright tired. Even the local limited lap events are pretty demanding. It gets pretty hot in there with no insulation on the floor/firewall.
Years ago one of the off-road magazines ran a series on one of the sport’s biggest name stars of the day, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart and his physical training routine. Most race fans have probably heard the name somewhere along the lines - Toyota truck commercials, video games etc. It was pretty much Olympic caliber training stuff. Stewart got the name from racing, and repeatedly winning, the Baja 1000 solo.
He was far away from ‘not an athelete.”
OK, ‘fess up. When did you take my picture?
Actually Nascar drivers are in very good physical shape. They need to be for the stamina it takes. I don't know of a fat Nascar driver. But I see plenty of morbidly obese football players. 400 lb. linemen? That ain't muscle weight.
If sitting on your ass behind the wheel, no matter how many labs you make, makes you an athlete, then I guess we will see car racing in the Olympics next year.
Who would you think is more the athlete. A guy racing by foot around that track one time or a driver going around 20 times? A guy sits on his ass for many days on the way to the moon in a rocket. Everyone knows that takes skill and talent and he has to be in shape. I guess that makes him an athlete????
>> Tate: “give me 6 months of training and I bet I could compete.”
Why would Tate train for a non-athletic competition?
Kyle Busch sucks!
Now that that’s outta the way.....the following are NOT athletes.....Horses......NASCAR drivers....Golfers.....Bowlers....The Houston Astros. :)
Oh, ovaries occasionally come in brass too :-)
Depends on the track.
Having known a few of the top level Off-Road racers and having sat shotgun with a few of them in actual races in Baja, I can tell you that many are every bit as athletic as some Baseball players. The absolute pounding the body takes is something that has to be experienced. My non athletic self had to be helped out of the truck at 250 miles. Took a few days to even want to move again.
Hey, if you think it’s a bunch of fat guys cruising with one hand on the wheel, so be it. If you saw the post I made above I mentioned a series a mag did with Ivan Stewart. As another part of it, they sent him up with a figher jock in a jet and did the routine. Then the jock got in the truck with Stewart and they went through that routine.
Unless you think a fighter pilot isn’t an athlete, the man said it was one of the most intense and physically grueling things he’d ever experienced.
To my mind auto racing involves the test of a machine, not a human. Therefore, it’s not truly athleticism, regardless of the driver’s physical abilities. Kind of like being a horse jockey: it’s the horse who’s competing.
Not much tin between a 250 degree engine and an even hotter tranny and ‘Yo Arse” ;) That nomex isn’t the coolest stuff I ever wore either.
These guys crack me up. “Athlete” isn’t only a running back or Wide receiver or an Olympic power lifter (lets see one of them run around the other poster’s race track for a lap - of they even could. But they can bench 500 lbs. while the runner struggles with 200 or less.) Hell most athletes say most sport is more mental than physical anyway.
I remember this one...
Ricky Rudd doing an interview in victory lane - on his back:
Mr. R, Have a look at this if you would
There are only two professional sports; Golf and autopmobile racing. You have to win to get paid. All the other “professional sportr” are just business. The workers are on SALARY.
People who have never raced don’t really understand what they are talking about. When I was 21, I raced a dirt modified. I was in very good physical condition and I was always exhausted after 20 laps. Sometimes, I was breathing as heavily as after running a mile. I was driving a 4,000 lb. car with a 400 HP motor 80 mph entering the turn on a 1/4 mile track. With 20+ cars around me. I promise you, the car does not do all the work. When you are turning a car 180 degrees with turns the same radius as a running track, you are pulling a lot of G’s. Not to mention wearing a 3-layer firesuit, fireproof underwear, neck brace, and helmet in 100 degree temps here in Texas.
I know NASCAR is different, but I can assure you, the above is nothing like getting in the car and running to the mall.
Not to mention the fact that you have to be completely focused the whole time you are racing, whether in a 6 lap heat race or a 500 mile race at Daytona. Focus and adrenaline. Not sure I can think of any other sport that requires that kind of focus for the duration of the event.
There’s no doubt that racing requires physical prowess.
Exactly what I was getting at. The absolute concentration, situational awareness and adrenaline sustained for that amount of time is incredible. I’m sure you know the stories (true stories) how racers, very much physically fit people have had heart attacks in the car.
Every turn - adrenaline rush. Every bump from another car - adrenaline rush/impact, Every over/understeer - adrenaline rush...over and over and over and over for X dozen/hundred miles. On top of the physical aspect of handeling an on the edge of control 2 ton projectile of metal and composites.
Nope, just a leisurely Sunday drive. Some people will never experience that kind of joy...sucks to be them ;)
And if you lose that focus, you could very easily end up dead.
Yup, lots of it. It’s just a different kind of athleticism. It’s far from traditional as we often define it, but it still can be defined as athletic.
Same with Bass fishing...
OK, Now I’m kidding ;)
Sad but true.
1995. Driver lived, co-driver seriously injured, later passed away.
No, not really! Bass fishing requires physical prowess as well. I confess, not as much as other sports, but physical prowess nonetheless. But really, if we're not ready to accept bass fishing as a form of athleticism, we need to ask ourselves why, and seek to find some standard by which we can say that one kind or degree of physical activity is athletic and another kind or degree is not.
What made Tiger Woods "Athlete of the Year" was his performance *away* from the links, not on them.
Simple! The standard is that if you can partake in the ‘sport’ while simultaneously “casually” drinking a beer, You might be Redneck... but not an athlete ... how’s that? ;)
Normie (Genuine AZ Redneck)
It's like tennis, you can have a lazy set of mixed doubles, or Wimbledon.
A fox hunt where the hounds find 3-4 times, or a three-day event, calls for stamina, athletic ability, and skill. You might make it through a walking trail ride on an old fat grade horse, but not either of those.
Actually, I think that at those two tracks, they'd be overrun if they slowed to 150 in the turns!
I had mine bronzed.
Nah. Although Golden Tate would almost certainly wreck out of the race within the first 5 laps, he wouldn't be dead--those cars are virtually deathproof now.
Just as I thought! Baseball is not a sport!
But your batting average drops considerably swinging a bat one handed!