The Mitchell Report: Fix NASCAR and stop questioning Heart
Posted May 5, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not
NASCAR has to do something about restrictor plate racing because someone is going to get killed. A driver is going to lose his/her life and you will hear the NASCAR suits talking about how they are going to look into speeds/safety etc. Apparently that's what it's going to take to get some change. Carl Edwards flew into the catch fetch at Talladega a few years back. A car went into the stands at Daytona this year. Today's Talladega race featured Kurt Busch going airborne. One quote from driver Ryan Newman sums this all up.
"They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls, but they can't get their heads out of their (blank) far enough to keep them on the race track, and that's pretty disappointing," Newman said.
Stop questioning heart
I think it's time to stop questioning athletes and their "heart" and desire to play. As I've pointed out before, Derrick Rose has been getting KILLED in the Chicago media for failing to return from his ACL injury this season even though he's been cleared by doctors. Cleared does not mean "better" and only Rose knows if he's ready to go. Luol Deng went through something similar this week when he missed two playoff games for "flu-like symptoms". He felt the need to tweet this after he was admitted to the hospital:
Luol Deng @LuolDeng9 3 May
Now I'm back in the ER where I may have to spend the night... I want my teammates and Bulls fans to know I would NEVER miss a game bc of flu
Turns out, Deng had to get a spinal tap and suffered some complications from that. It's hard to ever know the full details on anyone's illness or injury.
Not curious in the least to find out who voted for Carmelo Anthony for MVP over LeBron James. Whoever did it is a bozo looking for attention so I don't care. LeBron is the absolute clear cut MVP this year. That's how he got every other vote. It's obvious. I'm not saying someone doesn't have the right to vote for who they want but if you are going to stray from that you better make sure the guy is worth the vote. I don't think a vote for Kevin Durant would be as bad. You can't vote for Anthony over LeBron. Period.
I really enjoyed reading this unique article by Tim Kurkjian on the "sounds of the game" in baseball. Some of the answers are really interesting.
This is a very interesting perspective on gay athletes. Ever wonder how Vince Lombardi would react? Check it out.
Great look at Rick Pitino by Pat Forde. It details his life and how it's changed for the better in the last two years.
Former NC State baseball player Ryan Matthews talks faith and baseball in this profile.