Recent Comments by machaus

Lewis Hamilton signs for Mercedes

What if Schumi goes back to Ferrari to replace Massa?

posted by machaus at 04:05 PM on September 28

Danica Patrick Wins IndyCar Race in Japan

Tinman, the IRL recently instituted a minimum car weight (including driver) which nullified Danica's weight advantage. I can't wait to see how all the hot tempers in IRL, Danica included, will do if Paul Tracy gets a ride.

posted by machaus at 10:53 AM on April 20

Bush Booed By Beltway Baseballers!

They were saying BOOOOOO-USH!

posted by machaus at 05:00 PM on March 31

Gordon, JJ lose 100 points; crew chiefs suspended six races

What defines the shape of the fenders in between the templates? If NASCAR didn't define this in the rules, they are way off base. I hope Hendrick doesn't lose this championship because of poor planning on John Darby's part.

posted by machaus at 04:39 PM on June 26

The Race For The Chase Begins Next Week

Kahne. Johnson really has an edge in my mind, no team is as consistent on 1.5 mile and restrictor plate tracks. If Johnson does well at New Hampshire next week, I think the Cup is his. Wasn't NBC's coverage god awful last night?

posted by machaus at 11:23 AM on September 10

Why did Shumi do it?

Agree with the above. Schumi used to be able to get away with this stuff. No more. I was really impressed with Coulthard's performance, given the equipment he was running.

posted by machaus at 08:19 PM on May 28

Hornish Wins the Indianapolis 500

Wow, Ganassi was the real loser here today. That'll continue tonight in the Coca Cola 600.

posted by machaus at 03:58 PM on May 28

The Indy Racing League now turns right as well

Aside from the usual "this is another nail in the coffin of CART" speculation, it bothers me that they chose these two tracks. If you are looking for places where CART doesn't run, the VIR facility in Danville, Virginia has facilities better than anywhere I've seen. Using the Daytona infield circuit would be cool too.

posted by machaus at 08:29 AM on August 05

Coulthard out at McLaren at end of 2004.

This shoe was expected to drop, but at least now it might shake up some hiring and firings. I wonder if someone like Toyota or Renault has the bank to buy out his contract for 2004.

posted by machaus at 11:49 AM on December 30

Is the NFL responsible for drunken drivers leaving stadiums?

Arnold said Lanzaro sidestepped that rule by giving the vendor a $10 tip and was allowed to buy six beers. The real drinking goes on at NASCAR events. Screw that $6 a beer crap, at a NASCAR race, you can bring 12 packs of beer into the stands. I've said it before, but NASCAR either has tacit approval or serious denial about drinking and driving. You can't tell me that an event that allows 150,000 sports fans to bring their own beer isn't a hindrance to public safety.

posted by machaus at 12:49 PM on October 11

It's one of the rarest plays in baseball...

Jeter's relay shovel pass to home in the 2001 ? playoffs...

posted by machaus at 10:45 PM on August 11

Go, Nads!

HA HA! I went to RISD... The Nads were a pickup hockey team comprised of students, professors, janitors and the like. During games against the local culinary school, Johnson and Wales, we would yell "Time to make the donuts" at them while we were called art fags... Good times.

posted by machaus at 11:04 PM on August 05

When obsolete rules raise their ugly heads.

wow, thanks for that, BigCalm

posted by machaus at 01:02 PM on April 09

When obsolete rules raise their ugly heads.

This has been the most bizarre F1 season in memory. The bigger question was the FIA decision to only allow the teams to bring ONE type of wet weather tire to each race. Of course, the teams are bringing the intermediate tires as a moderate choice. Early conditions on the Brazil track were monsoon-like. As an aside, is there a driver with a chance to win the championship that anyone gives a rat's ass about anymore? I can't seem to get excited about any of them.

posted by machaus at 02:51 PM on April 08

Since the teams already build special engines for these races, why not just have them use a smaller engine instead of the restrictor plates? I've thought the same thing before, but I'm not certain that the same dynamic wouldn't happen. Sure, a six cylinder car would have more throttle response, but you'd still be dependent on the draft. You'd need to assemble a pack of 20 experimental cars in order to test this out. That's probably why NASCAR has done so little to avoid the restrictor plate pileups.

posted by machaus at 02:44 PM on April 08

NASCAR Walmart Cup?

By the way, can anybody explain "No Bull 5"? 3 or 4 races during the year are "no bull" events. The top 5 finishers in each of those races qualify for the next race. If a qualifier wins the race, they get ONE MILLION DOLLARS!, as does a randomly selected fan. You could identify the cars that had a chance to win the million by a bright orange front spoiler and number on the roof. The first winner of the million dollar bonus was Bill Elliott, back in the heyday of the Coors-Melling T-Bird era. Hence, he is known as million dollar Bill. Probably more than you wanted to know.

posted by machaus at 11:33 AM on February 06

NASCAR Walmart Cup?

*let's the NASCAR hating begin*

posted by machaus at 10:46 PM on February 05

The FIA has radically changed

Due to constraints applied by the Concorde Agreement, it appears that these new rules will follow the following implementation schedule unless the teams unanimously approve the measures. 2003: Existing rules will be enforced with zero tolerance. 2004: Sporting rules can be changed. 2005: Technical rules can be changed (but not engine and drive train) 2006: All proposed changes will be in place. This certainly appears to be a good thing for the sport. It lowers the price barrier to entering F1, may provide more parity and in the end should result in better racing.

posted by machaus at 03:35 PM on January 15

Xtreme Quarterback Challenge

It's from a website of a company that sells wheelchairs. Why would I be going to hell?

posted by machaus at 03:15 PM on December 30

Al Unser Jr. arrested

On the heels of the Indy controversy, I imagine that Tony George won't want to rule on this in any way that appears to be protective of his drivers. Suspension, and the requisite rehab/counseling/anger management are the likely courses of action. While it may not mean the end of his IRL career, it certainly means that we won't see him in the IROC series or in the broadcast booth.

posted by machaus at 09:35 AM on July 10

Helio Castroneves wins a contested Indianapolis 500.

Every year I tune in to watch the IRL sanctioned Indy race, and every year I am amazed at how amateurish the sport is. Countless people leaving the pits with the fuel hose attached, wheels unsecured at pit stops, drivers who should know better crashing on cold tires, and just plain stupid officiating. Even the NASCAR race today was more entertaining.

posted by machaus at 09:47 PM on May 26

FIA introduce one-engine per weekend rule

I'm really glad they didn't institute the floated idea of limiting practice times. It really would have put the Michelin teams that need to scuff tires at a disadvantage.

posted by machaus at 07:27 PM on March 20

Schumi wins

I think the biggest surprise was the fact that the race wasn't red flagged after the first corner mayhem. Poor Rubens. Schumacher's pass on Montoya was pure magic. The guy just plain doesn't make mistakes. Anyone else think Rick DeBruhl should be kicked off of the Speed Channel commentary team immediately for being such an utter boob? I never thought I'd hear myself say it, but I miss Sam Posey. He left the Formula One tour because of a battle with Parkinson's disease.

posted by machaus at 11:16 PM on March 02

Schumacher second best driver ever

My vote is Clark, Senna, Schumacher...

Most versatile? Either Striling Moss, Brian Redman, or Dan Gurney.

My dad was doing vintage racing in Canada in the eighties when I was in high school. We went to a race in Ontario and Stirling Moss was the guest of honor.

Moss got into someone else's Formula One Cooper from the early sixties, and within two laps had knocked two seconds off of the owner's best time around the dinky 1.5 mile Shannonville track, all in a car he had never driven before.

Amazing...

posted by machaus at 08:58 PM on February 28