Back To The Track

Okay, so I’ve been MIA for a while… Sorry. I’ve been having a whole lot of grief on my own site that I was only able to post 6 times last week but I do believe that’s all behind us now. So let’s get back to racing.

On the docket, IRL.

No usually I don’t pay any attention to this crap because it’s basically NASCRAP without fenders but since they have merged with the Champ Car series, I’ll give em a little ink, but just a little until they get to a road course.

Here’s the top ten from Saturday’s opening weekend at Homestead Florida. 4 of the 8 Champ Teams finished with 3 out due mechanicals and 1 to an incident.

1 Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
9 D/H/F 1 213.341 200 3 67 Running 50
3 Dan Wheldon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 D/H/F 22 0.000 200 3 9 Running 35
5 Ed Carpenter
Menards/ Vision Racing
20 D/H/F 24 0.000 199 0 0 Running 30
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay
Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol
17 D/H/F 9 210.744 199 0 0 Running 26
9 A.J. Foyt IV
Vision Racing
2 D/H/F 25 0.000 198 0 0 Running 22

The best part about IRL Racing is still………

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Danica Patrick

On the motorcycle front, MotoGP was going strong in Jerez Spain with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa taking an early lead and pulling away to stomp on Italy’s favorite son, Valentino Rossi. Nick Hayden was the first American to cross the line in 4th. My guy, Casey Stoner on the Ducati, went soil sampling twice and finished a disappointing 11th. Bummer.

The results:

1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda  
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha  
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha  
4 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda  
5 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki  
6 James Toseland Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha  
7 John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki  
8 Andrea Dovizioso JiR Scot Team Honda  
9 Shinya Nakano San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda  
10 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki  
11 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati  
12 Marco Melandri Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati  
13 Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki  
14 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda  
15 Toni Elias Alice Team Ducati  
16 Sylvain Guintoli Alice Team Ducati

I don’t normally watch the 250cc class because I just don’t have that kind of time (the wife won’t let me) but I managed to see the final laps of yesterday’s race in Jerez which saw the 2 riders fighting for the lead crash out on the last lap handing the lead and the win to the guy who was to finish third. It was quite the exciting finish.

Until next week…….

UPDATE: The results table for the IRL isn’t looking so hot….Danica finished 6th.

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Good Times…

Keep Austin Weird

I am happy to report no one was injured, hospitalized, or arrested in the making of a kickass weekend party that started Friday night, and concluded last night around 5 or so…

Ah the stories that could be told, if we didn’t all agree to follow the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” theme.. Good times, and a lifetime of memories!!!

Road Trip…

Austin Where?

The corner is packing up and heading to Austin for the weekend.. It is very doubtful that any posts will be done until late Sunday night.. Possibly Monday morning pending upon how brutal 6th street is to us.. 😉

Calling In A Favor…

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Hey, its the Rangers.. they need all the help they can get!

No Regrets?

Pacman Jones

In Pacman Jones latest efforts to play for the Cowboys.. he was in Dallas yesterday, not to meet with the Cowboys.. but to appear as a guest on Michael Irvin’s radio show. I have already let it be known that I do not support bringing Pacman Jones to Dallas to join my beloved Cowboys. Some of Pacman’s comments just pushed me over the top.

When asked about Pacmans repeated trips to the strip clubs, even after being suspended.. Pacman said that it was a stupid mistake, I have made alot of stupid mistakes over the last year or so, I pray to god I get a second chance, I have no regrets..

Ok.. lets break this down shall we..

1. You visiting strip clubs even after being suspended was stupid.. Gee ya think? You obviously can not just walk into a strip club, order a drink.. watch the girls shake some ass and leave. You and you pose have to make it known you are there.. and it never fails.. there is always trouble..

2. You pray to god that you will get a second chance? Last time I checked you had already been given a second chance by not only the Titans, but the league itself.. Nice way to play the god card thou.. Course Michael Vick played that card as well, and look what happened to him.

3. You have no regrets? This was my personal favorite.. So you mean to tell me that you don’t feel bad about the shooting at a strip club that left a security guard in a wheelchair? You don’t feel bad for the shame you not only brought yourself, but brought to the entire Titans organization? You sir, and I use that term extremely loosely.. are a piece of work.. actually you are a piece of s**t, a complete waste of space, and even less of a human being.

Why Jerry Jones is even considering bringing Pacman Jones to the Cowboys is beyond me. Is Jerry so consumed by winning that he doesn’t care about the image of the team? Wait don’t answer that.. We already know the answer to that question. It gets harder and harder with each passing day, or troubled player signed to defend my team. Terrell Owens was brought in after destroying two other teams, and for the most part has been a model player.. and a positive influence in the locker room. Tank Johnson was brought mid last season, and has been the poster child for rehabilitated players. Now for both above mentioned players, their changed attitudes could be because they actually wanted to change to be a better person, or they realize this is their last stop, and the last attempt at a paycheck in the NFL.

If Pacman comes to Dallas.. that will truly be a dark day in franchise history. Even more so then the fumbled snap in Seattle, or the home lost in the playoffs last season after a 13-3 season. As I have said before Jerry Jones is testing the limits of Cowboy fans by the minute.. This could actually send some over the top..

*EDIT* There has been some confusion about the “no regret” comment because it is not in the article I linked.. I heard the interview on Sportscenter.. The no regret comment was something Jones told Irvin live on the air…

Finger Pointing Round 2

Jose Canseco

Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and The Battle to Save Baseball, is the latest installment in Jose Canseco’s efforts to try and clean up steroid use in baseball. His first book was a real eye opener for the baseball world.. Canseco while the only real finger pointer with any kind of credibility called out players like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and Pudge Rodriguez. None of the players he mentioned came as any surprise to fans.. With the Mitchell Report now out, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Barry Bonds at the forefront of most steroid conversations in the media and among fans.. I only have one question “Who Cares”?

Do we as fans really care who is in this latest book? Do we really care that Canseco introduced Alex Rodriguez to a known steroid dealer.. Better question is do we as fans really care that Alex Rodriguez had a thing for Caseco’s wife? Canseco has already admitted when the first book was released that he didn’t point fingers at certain people because they were friends of his. So basically this makes me wonder how much money have “friends” paid him to keep their names under the radar of Canseco’s finger pointing?

This is the time of year when fans should be celebrating opening day, pondering pitching rotations, and team lineups.. Not continuing to relive the cloud of steroid use in baseball.. We all know there is a problem.. Hopefully Bud Selig will take the necessary steps, and follow the advice given by not only Senator Mitchell, but congress to clean up Americas favorite past time..

Teams announced for the 2008 Tour de France

The Tour de France organizers have announced the teams which have been invited to participate in this years race.  The field will consist of 20 teams.  Each team will choose 9 riders to participate in the event, creating a total of 180 riders competing for the valued yellow jersey.  Even though the teams have been named, the riders have not.  Two riders that are noticeably missing, though, are Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer, 1st and 3rd place in the Tour de France last year.  Last year they rode for Team Discovery Channel, but their new team, Team Astana, was not included meaning the previous winner will not be allowed to defend his title.

I have watched the last several years cheering for The Discover Channel cycling team (formally the Postal Service cycling team) as the only US representative team in the race.  This year, despite the Discovery Channel team disbanding, the US will now be represented by 2 teams.

First, there is Team High Road.  They were formally the T-Mobile cycling team based out of Germany, but after T-Mobile withdrew as a sponsor, the team moved their headquarters to California and continued under the name High Road.  In my opinion, they are not as strong as they use to be, but they are not to be dismissed.  I am hoping to at least see George Hincapie and Michael Rogers riding from this team.  Both are extremely strong.  George has participated in a number of Tour de Frances already, and I am certain Michael Rogers would like to take another shot after having to drop out last year due to injury.  For Team High Road, I am also expecting to see Bradley Wiggins as well as Linus Gerdemann, who was the top rider for the T-Mobile team last year.

The other American team to participate is the Slipstream/Chipotle H30 cycling team.  I am extremely excited for them.  Until this year, they were just an American continental cycling team, meaning they would only participate in events held in the U.S.  They decided to move up this year to compete on the international level, attempting to fill the void left by Team Discovery Channel.   They have already been making their presence known in events already.  I am not certain they have the talent to win the race, but I would still consider them a threat.  The riders I really hope to see participate in the Tour de France from Slipstream would be David Zabriske, Christian Vande Velde, and David Millar.  Millar is the current British road cycling champion and Zabriske is the current US time trial champion.  I watched the 3 of them in the Tour of California a little while ago, and I think they work really well together.  Mix in Tyler Farrar with them along with Danny Pate to throw out on some flyers, and you have a good start.

Other than that, teams from 8 other countries will be included. Gerolsteiner and Milram from Germany, Quickstep and Silence – Lotto from Belgium, CSC from Denmark, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel – Euskadi, and Saunier Duval – Scott from Spain, Bouygues Telecom, Credit Agricole, Cofidis Le credit par telephone, Francaise Des Jeux, AG2R – La Mondiale, and Agritubel from France, Barloworld from Great Britain, Lampre and Liquigas from Italy, and Rabobank from the Netherlands.