I know you’re all ready to get Daytona behind you and get onto racing in the Bluegrass State. I can’t say that I blame you, as I’m looking to get back to some “real” racing. Speaking of “real,” before the green flag ever flew at Daytona, I saw some “real” nasty things on this lovely tool we have called the Internet.
You may be aware that before finishing second in Saturday night’s race at Daytona, Kyle Busch ended up with his car taking a nasty hit in practice a few days prior. I wasn’t watching the practice, sorry to say, as the “real” job got in the way, but I heard about it just as some others did, and that’s through the wonderful portals of social media.
On its Facebook account, NASCAR posted a video of Busch’s wreck, and unfortunately, Facebook does make it easy to comment on someone else’s postings.
And did the BS roll in…
I can understand not rooting for a driver, even not liking a driver because of some terrible sports crime he may have committed, such as spinning out and collecting a favorite driver. The spinner immediately becomes something like an “idiot” or “moron,” or worse, and boom; there you have the lynch mob. (Sometimes, those mobs form if you don’t do anything wrong, but do everything right too often and win too much.) However, some of the responses to that posting should put the majority of us on the defensive about how an outsider to our sport would classify us should they read the comments of a select few. For example, and I’ll use the names that were linked to the comments because that’s certainly public information now! These are also not edited, so I do apologize for the profanity as well as the implied profanity.
Ajay Quinn simply said “Love it!!”
Justin Pilkinton said, “Unfortunately Kyle busch is okay.”
Bernie Strain decided “That's great news” was an appropriate response.
Here’s a winner: Jonathan Parker chimed in with “Good for the self pretentious prick. I hope he flips every car for the next 5 years on lap 1 of every race.”
Michael Kargenian said, “Good. Glad he's ok, but I hope he hits the wall every day.”
Marty Kik added, “Good keep it up Kyle lol.”
Roger Forgey said, “To bad he walked away!!!! Tuck foyota”
Ida Ruth Kimble must be such a great fan that this was her response: “ouch! that must have hurt. poor baby. get a bandaid”
Mike Tucker went with “Haha. Couldn't happen to a better guy”
S Martin Covich went the easy route with “brake a leg bud”
Diego Castaneda-houx went with a simple “He deserves going into the wall”
And that’s not even a decent sampling. I will never understand the want or need for a driver whom a fan does not like to be injured or worse. Even making light of the event, whether the driver was okay or not, is in poor taste. By the way, those are direct quotes up there. Some interesting choices of spelling and punctuation, I know. And really, use your imagination at least. If you REALLY want something bad to happen to a driver in the race, wish for a mechanical failure that makes them park the car. Heck, you can come back from a wreck.
So there are all these fans that feel in some way about Kyle Busch other than how those little baby seals must have felt with that love in their eyes a few years back. That’s fine, and I understand it, but to wish ill on someone because you don’t like them is an indication of how shallow some race fans really are.
Next time S Martin Covich wants Kyle to “brake” a leg, or worse, he might want to remember that while he may not like Kyle the Driver, there is still Kyle the Husband and Kyle the Father and Kyle the Brother and Kyle The Son who still need to get back home to those who do care for him.
I can sit here and type until my fingers bleed and not change anyone in the slightest way…I know and accept this. It doesn’t make me feel any better, and if I HAD to say SOMETHING that MIGHT drive home the point, not trying to anger anyone, but I’d have to go with this:
You can hate any driver you want, and wish them all the bad fortune and wrecks and flipping “every car for the next five years on lap 1 of every race” you have for them in your little black heart. I know a bunch of people used to be that way for this one guy who used to race. It’s been about 15 years since I’ve seen him around. I bet most of those people want to take those evil wishing words back, but they can’t. It’s too late for them, but not for you. There's still time for you to get “Real.”