What the #*#&$$? Did they really just put Funniest Home Videos on instead of NASCAR?
First off, Sunday’s race at Phoenix was probably the least interesting NASCAR race I’ve seen all year, and that’s a bold statement considering there’s been at least a handful of really bad ones. I would have gotten more enjoyment staring blankly at a ceiling. It was so bad, the announcers were trying to invent nonexistent drama when Jimmie Johnson (gasp!) was delayed a couple seconds on pit road and lost one whole spot, which of course he promptly regained.
Second, I would tell you what I thought about the end of the race, but I can’t because ABC flipped a big middle finger Sunday night to all NASCAR fans who either don’t have cable or had recorded the race.
I’m sure it’s quite enjoyable to watch a full hour of dads getting hit in the testicles by their chiildren, but don’t you think you could have a waited an hour to do it?
The way the announcers put it, the network had "prior commitments," so the coverage of the end of the race had to switch over to ESPN2. Oddly enough, that doesn’t work for people who weren’t watching it live.
So for those of you who, like myself, who had things to take care of Sunday and couldn't watch live … sorry, no end of the race for you. But feel free to watch this funny cat run in the wall over and over. Ha ha, isn’t that funny?
Seriously, though, I have never seen a sport get as little respect from television stations making millions from it than NASCAR. Do you really think they would have cut to a bunch of crappy pet videos if the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins were heading to overtime?
It’s nothing new, it’s always been this way and probably always will. Yet I fail to understand their logic. Do the network powers that be not realize how many millions of people tune in to NASCAR and would not take kindly to missing the conclusion of the race? Do they not realize it’s the most popular spectator sport in America? It's not like they cut off a beach volleyball broadcast.
As I said above, the race was garbage and Johnson dominated and basically wrapped up the title unless he wrecks out early at Homestead and Edwards wins (not too likely, by the way). But that’s not the point. Even if it had been a great race, ABC still would have switched the coverage to ESPN2, leaving many fans unable to see the conclusion.
The point is that NASCAR fans don’t deserve to get dumped by the network so some hack can introduce nut-punching videos.
The season’s almost over, but I propose everyone does their best to make sure the network knows it screwed up. I, for one, will do my best to purposely avoid ABC shows as much as possible. If all NASCAR fans did this, and let the network know why they’re not watching, maybe next time they’ll leave the race on and wait an hour before flipping over to a video of some kid falling into a ditch.