Mandy Mitchell

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

Change needed

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.

Attention anyone?

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.

Worth Reading

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.

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  • tDiddty May 9, 2013

    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 careNo. But I can see how you might think that if you only applied 5 seconds of analysis and thought. It's not called the best player award, its called the most VALUABLE player award. Regardless of YOUR opinion, the definition of "valuable" is subjective.

    I don't think 'Melo deserved it either, but anyone who would think, and then write, what you did is not just is looking up to a bozo. If that's all you got in the analytic and thought department, maybe it's time to move along and start covering puppies and butterflies.

  • Capitals Fan May 8, 2013

    The media questions everything... why not question heart?
    Rose was cleared by doctors to play. When he practices there is no evidence that he is still injured. He is still getting paid even though he is not working. I thinkit is okay to question his heart/motive.

    If you or I were still sitting out of work (WITH PAY!) after a doctor cleared us to return, don't you think our employer would question our heart Mandy?

  • natsfan1965 May 7, 2013

    Without LeBron, Miami still is a playoff team. Without Carmello, the Knicks are a lottery team.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns May 7, 2013

    View quoted thread



    Mike could have won every year, too. I had no problem with the vote for Anthony. The Knicks won their division for the first time in years, and Melo was the reason for that.

  • BattlingBishop 5 May 6, 2013

    Enjoyed the "sounds of the game" article as well.

  • Hammerhead May 6, 2013

    View quoted thread


    I assumed that, just looking for your angle.

  • VT1994Hokie May 6, 2013

    I agree with you about questioning the heart. You listed Rose and Deng, and I agree. Some owners and coaches want to win at all costs too often. Think about the many football players that are shoved back on to the field way too soon coming off of a concussion, or another injury.

  • lewiskr45 May 6, 2013

    View quoted thread


    I'm just saying that anonymous voting conducted a couple of weeks ago makes it hard for anyone to claim this reporter was trying to cause a problem. He was simply voting for the player he thought was most valuable.

  • Hammerhead May 6, 2013

    View quoted thread


    OK, I give up. How?

  • lewiskr45 May 6, 2013

    View quoted thread


    And how is the reporter who voted for Anthony supposed to know that he is the only one not voting for LeBron?

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