In a sense, Craig James is symbolic of something bigger than awful announcing. James represents the idea of using power and privilege to corrupt and mislead. Ironically, it stands for the most un-American and un-Texan values one can imagine. I would rather have Joe Buck and Tim McCarver talk about nothing for three hours than be lied to through the media. Give me boring announcers or botch after botch instead of somebody with no credibility. As inflammable as Colin Cowherd can be, at least he truly believes what he spews.
While I am not a religious person, I readily admit that The Bible is generally a good source of wisdom on how to run one’s life. I find it appropriate to turn to “The Good Book” when discussing NASCAR as it does seem to have a higher percentage of religious fans than most other major sports in the USA (or, at least NASCAR is big on presenting itself that way).
It is hard to ignore the fact that Jesus specifically taught that we should “turn the other cheek” when faced with insult or violence. It is a difficult path to follow but, after almost 46 years on this planet, I do agree that it is the correct path.
However, The Bible is full of seeming contradictions. I do not believe that is an accident. Life on this planet is so varied that even God (or His ghostwriters) would not presume that every situation calls for the same response.
This is clearly shown in the Book of Ecclesiastes and its famous passages adapted by Pete Seeger and, later, turned into the massive 1965 hit by the Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season). As the passage (and the song) goes, there is a time to love, a time to hate, a time for war, and a time for peace.
As far as the racing situation at hand, there is a time for ignoring a selfish crybaby, and a time for kicking a selfish crybaby’s ass.
Yes, what Richard Childress was still wrong. His fine is deserved and he probably did deserve a suspension. On the other hand, Kyle Busch has been doing wrong for far longer. Even though I don’t agree with what he did, I also don’t blame Childress for finally having had enough…especially since Childress must have had the added frustration of knowing he once had a driver that would have, on the track and for all to see, put Kyle Busch in his place long ago. ;-)
I don’t want to say anything that will make anyone ashamed of me. I want to run well, but I want to act right, too.
In the end, I just want people to say that I was a good person and I was honest. That I was a good guy to be around and a good sport about things.