A Violent Femme’s View – New Kid In Town
BigSnakeMan did question my lack of affection for Matt Kenseth, but that’s a little different and more understandable. PocketDoppler.com is a “Wisconsin Sports Blog”, so I will note Matt’s progress from time to time when I indulge in NASCAR blog posts just so I don’t get kicked out of here altogether.
Since during football’s offseason the majority of my sports attention needs to go somewhere, and since I’m really just not a baseball fanatic, nor does my affection for pro basketball go much past being thankful there was something fun to do while I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, I turn to NASCAR each year.
Racing is fun to watch (especially in person), it’s really hard to do (try to play NASCAR on a video game console sometime and see how well you do), and I love to drive fast (but years of high insurance premiums have sadly lightened the old leadfoot). Differently from other sports, I get to choose and love one competitor, rather than a team. I chose Jeff Gordon for a long time ago, and probably not for much else originally than looks and the fact he was pretty damn good.
Jeff’s getting up there in age for a driver, and as we all know, someday the older athlete rides into the sunset. So, differently from football, where the Packers are always my true love, I am starting to look for a second favorite driver. The beauty of a football team is it continues to evolve. The sadness of liking a single competitor is he ages.
Last weekend I found my guy. Trevor Bayne is 20, he’s sweet, enthusiastic, seemingly humble, kind of good looking and best of all? He loves Jeff Gordon! I can’t go wrong here. He won the Daytona 500 and that is a huge, huge win to come out of the gate with (Trevor’s second race ever in the big leagues). I may be premature, but I’m sold.
And? Gordon finished 28th and Kenseth finished 34th, after occasionally looking strong. Boo. Step it up, guys.
There’s a new kid in town.