Danica Is On The Pole
February 21, 2013
Danica Patrick sure has been in the news a great deal of late. Both for being the first woman driver to capture the pole position at the Daytona 500 and for revealing who she is dating.
Patrick told The Associated Press she and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., are a couple, ending widespread gossip about the nature of their relationship. Patrick and Stenhouse, Jr., both waited until the end of a week long media tour to confirm they are dating.
Now comes the talk, and jokes, from fellow drivers. What happens when Patrick and Stenhouse Jr. are side by side heading into the corner?
Danica & Ricky, sittin’ in a tree...
Who will give up the position? What happens when either causes a crash that takes out the other one? Are they more loyal to their teammates or each other? Will they take their work home with them?
It will be interesting.
Taking It To The Streets
Former NASCAR driver Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker led law enforcement on a chase through Nevada and southern Utah last week. Did he do it because he can? Perhaps, because he likely did utilize some of his skills. Though I am sure he turned right a few times and we all know NASCAR drivers excel at turning left. But I think he did it because of the marijuana, pills and open containers of alcohol in his vehicle.
It all started when Walker failed to stop for an officer in Nevada. His luxury BMW sedan came to a stop in Utah after two Utah Highway Patrol troopers set up spike strips. He tried unsuccessfully to flee on foot before being arrested.
Walker was charged with evading police, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of amphetamine, driving with an open container of alcohol and transporting alcohol across state lines.
For those who do not remember Walker, he competed in 28 NASCAR races before being suspended for violating the association’s drug policy in 2007. He also drove in 19 NASCAR Nationwide series races.
ACC Football Championship Is A Money Pit
I have covered in these pages over the past few years that many college football programs end up losing money when they play in a bowl game. The primary reason for schools sometimes coming out in the red is the fact that the bowl games force the participants to purchase a certain, usually quite high, amount of tickets to the game.
I have also written in these pages of just how weak ACC Football is.
The two before-mentioned facts have converged on the ACC Championship Game.
Reports out of Florida last week revealed that the Florida State Seminoles’ appearance in last December’s ACC Championship Game left the football program with a net loss just shy of $480,000.
How could this happen you ask? Those same ticket guarantees, which saw the Seminole administration responsible for selling some $770,000 worth of tickets. Between the trip to Charlotte, the less then exciting opponent (6-6 Georgia Tech) and the prior week’s loss to Florida, FSU fans apparently weren’t all that excited about the contest.
The final result was that the Seminoles sold only 2,033 of their 10,000 allotted tickets and generated only $185,000 in sales. Despite some reimbursement assistance from the ACC itself, the ticket situation alone left FSU more than $440,000 in the hole.
No wonder there are rumors flying around that Florida State is taking a look at moving to the SEC. No wonder Notre Dame did not want to commit its football program to the ACC.
The ACC Championship Game has struggled from the start and really needs a shot in the arm. Or a few more quality football programs.
How Lowe Can You Go?
Former North Carolina State basketball coach Sidney Lowe was recently arrested for failing to pay North Carolina state taxes in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Lowe, who coached the Wolfpack from 2006-2011, is currently an assistant coach with the NBA’s Utah Jazz. At the time of his departure from State, he was making $500,000 per year.
Lowe has not commented publicly about the arrest or spoken of a reason for his failure to pay.
Though I do not agree with the current federal or state tax structure, it is best to pay Uncle Sam. The government doesn’t mess around when it comes to taxes. Just ask Wesley Snipes or any other public figure who chooses to not pay or report their income.
It is especially low to not pay your state taxes when you were under contract to the state like Lowe was at the time.
Flutie Making A Comeback
Doug Flutie will be attempting a comeback in 2013. Known as a great college football quarterback who also had some success in the NFL, Flutie will attempt to make a return to professional sports.
Doug Flutie, baseball comeback?
Though there is a shortage of quality backup quarterbacks in the NFL, Flutie’s comeback attempt will be in the sport of baseball.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, upon hearing that Flutie has developed a knuckleball, have offered the former NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College a tryout during their upcoming spring training.