Yes, you read that right. And if you think I’m just kidding about that, you savages think wrong. This time, dignity, style and culture will finally hold sway. Something has to hold sway in this terrible autumnal season of quisling replacements officials and the sycophantic and duplicitous musings of a certain presidential candidate ((not to get all political on us here, mind, but you by now where I stand on all of this)). And that something is cream puffs.
The world needs a good shaking. And although cream puffs are more traditionally associated with the Wisconsin State Fair, I thought it only right to introduce them to you and the rest of the savages who are, as I write this on Saturday morning, well into their 3rd or 4th 42-pak of
Budweiser Natty Light, with slightly less that 3 hours before the Camping World Truck series tees off with points leader Ty Dillon on the pole in the #3 Bass Pro Shops/tracker Boats Chevrolet. So we have a wild Saturday ahead of us before the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 tees of 25 hours from now. Qualifying is currently going on as I hastily scrawl these words.
But you can rest assured that THIS year, THIS time, things will be different. No more of the aww, screw it, it’s Talladega BS. Not this time. No more facile charades.
It’s Talladega, Baby!! And THAT means one thing…..
I feel sorry for Chris Hughton. I really do. He’s a great coach, and I still feel he unfairly fired from Newcastle despite leading them up to the Preem and keeping them in the top 8. He inherited a Norwich City team in a tough spot. Gaffer Paul Lambert, who led the Canaries up from League One, to Championship and then to the Prem in 3 successive seasons, left for Aston Villa, and now Hughton is charged with keeping my Canaries up in their second season in the Prem. I cheered when Grant Holt scored the opening goal, but I cheered even more when Fernando Torres leveled the match 3 minutes later. It was a fast paced 1st half and it looked for a series of moments, even when Lampard notched Chelsea’s 2nd at 22 minutes that the match would become a high scoring affair ((think Denver Nuggets basketball back in the day)). At least I was hoping for that.
But Norwich ran out of steam and there is no one who will dispute that Chelsea was the superior team before the match even teed off, It’s tough for me to watch my 2 favourite teams play each other. I sort of wanted Norwich to win this one to haul themselves out of the relegation zone. But…I’m glad they didn’t. It would have been nice if Grant Holt could scored a 2nd goal, just to make the scoreline a bit more respectable. But. Not to be.
My Blues, deservedly kicked the hell of out of My Canaries. In a fortnight, then, against Arsenal, City can get back On The Ball. Meanwhilst, I’ll Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!
In an F1 season that’s been anything but normal, its feels almost nostalgic and comforting to see Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the top of the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix. Jenson Button qualified third but will move down to 8th due to a penalty for a post-Singapore gearbox change. Button’s erstwhile teammate, Lewis Hamilton, had a poor day qualifying and will roll out 9th.
Hamilton will be moving to Mercedes next season. Schumacher (who rolls off 23rd) will finally retire (again), this time for good. And Hamilton will leap into his ride. It’s a good move for Hamilton as it will free him from the marketing constraints that held him back at McLaren. This season at McLaren has marked by contentiousness and inconsistency. His car setup for the qualifying run was disastrous. It’s been up and down all season for him. With 6 races to go, he’d have to win out and have Alonso finish out of the points to even have a chance at a 2nd championship. He and Alonso are ties for the most wins this season, 3. But Alonso has been consistent all season. Hamilton has not and thus finds himself 4th in the points, 52 points back. Not bloody likely. Especially with today’s poor qualifying.
Bring on next year. And speaking of which….
Yes, it’s official. Kasey Kahne has the pole for tomorrows Good Sam 500. Newman shares the front row. Bowyer and Smoke roll off from row 2.
But as I was saying, about bringing on next year….Matt Kenseth is pretty well eliminated from winning a 2nd championship. So…very much like Lewis Hamilton, he will be running out the string. Hopefully he and Hamilton can pull out a few wins as they head out the door. Talladega is crap shoot, so Matt’s 15th place is not bad if he can get up front quickly and avoid other people’s turmoil and mayhem.
Then again, the same can be about all the other 42 valiant lads out there. Well, not all 42 of them….
I’m quite sure that well before lap 42, Robert Richardson Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise, Timmy Hill, Michael McDowell, Dave Blaney, and Joe Nemechek will all be sitting around in the garage sucking down a 42 pack, swapping stories, and reading this blog post and going “Hey look, guys! We got some free publicity out of this!”
As for who takes the checkered flag, when all is done, I’m going to be cheering for Clint Bowyer to take damn thing. And hopefully, at Homestead in November, he will be the one who wins it all. Matt is out of it. So I’m going all in on Clint.
It’s Talladega, Baby!! And you know what that means…. Cream Puffs!!