Ogres, Rules & Other Randomness

by Jim on July 16, 2013 · 8 comments

The Ogre vs. The Not-Real-Bright. This whole affair with Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch amuses me. I wonder what was next in terms of the smack from Kyle. Was he going to call Ryan Newman a “big poopyhead?” Of course, Newman responded in his own understated way by saying it’s a known fact that Busch “isn’t real bright.” Trust me on this one: nothing is going to come out of this. What I want to know is what Kurt thinks of all this. He’s generally not one to let his brother do his bidding for him. For the record, I think Newman has it hit on the head. Kyle is a brilliant talent, but has an uncanny knack for sticking his foot in his mouth, and fitting the description given of him by Rusty Wallace.

Kyle Busch is a complicated character. He was all nice and sweet after winning the Nationwide race Saturday, and then he says he’s glad Newman is out of a ride on Sunday. That’s one thing I have a real problem with. Kurt can tell Kyle a little about the sting of unemployment, and if he’s not careful, Joe Gibbs may one day decide Busch isn’t worth the baggage he brings with him.

So NASCAR is tweaking the handling of their rules, eh? If taken at face value, this is a move in the right direction. I’ve always maintained that disclosure and consistency would go a long ways towards building credibility for the governing body. Yours truly will never level charges of “fix,” but often, NASCAR has been as consistent as a paper cup in a windstorm.

It’s good to hear crew man Jordan Dodson is back in the good graces of NASCAR, having completed the “Road To Recovery.” Our prayers our with you Jackson, and we wish you the best.

I saw a scene from the show “Sullivan & Son” featuring Brad Keselowski. It’s funny as heck. He acquitted himself nicely in the sitcom. You’ll have to check it out at Yahoo! There’s a video of it.

Big love goes out to Morgan Shepherd. I get al the old jokes, but I also see a lot of what looks like punks disguised as writers and broadcasters being disrespectful to the 71-year old for his record-setting start at New Hampshire. If no one gives him a ride, there’s no discussion, but apparently Brian Keselowski thinks he can drive. When it comes to racing and life experience, Shepherd has been there and done that. Personally, I think the man is a breath of fresh air.


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1 Vicki Williams July 17, 2013 at 3:59 am

I was fine with everything Kyle said right up until he said he was glad Ryan was out of a job. That crossed a line. I thought Newman handled it well on Sirius. He was sarcastic but subtly sarcastic. If Kurt is smart, he’ll stay out of it. My last thought is that it probably isn’t “very bright” to take on a man who has nothing to lose when you’re running for a championship.

2 Jim July 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

@Vicki- I see today that Kyle has apologized about the remarks concerning Newman’s job. In his XM radio interview, he also addressed some lingering issues between he and Newman.

3 Vicki Williams July 17, 2013 at 6:48 am

Oh, I know. I never actually thought Kyle was happy for anyone to lose his job but it was a classless thing to say, to say the least. I think this is what Kyle needs to get over to ever become a champion. The talent is certainly there but too often, he reacts in the heat of the moment both on and off track and it hurts him. He needs to take “cool, calm and collected” lessons from Jimmie – ha!

4 Jim July 17, 2013 at 7:18 am

@Vicki- I’ll give Jimmie that; he’s as cool as a Bahama breeze.

5 Vicki Williams July 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

Bahama Breeze – I like that. It would make a good name for a race horse….or a Jimmy Buffett-wannabe band! Ha!

6 Jim July 17, 2013 at 8:31 am

@Vicki. Being a musician, I’ll have to remember that. It might also make a nice beverage too :)

7 Vicki Williams July 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

Or I could see myself relaxing on the deck of a boat named the Bahama Breeze. Lots of possibilities for us imaginative types.

8 Jim July 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

@Vicki- I like it. Of course, you’ll need sunglasses and a big floppy hat.

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