THE BO AND ROCKY SHOW
or – Lucy pulled the football away from Charlie Brown again. $#%@!
I was enjoying the beautiful sunny Central Coast weather, working in the yard during the day. It was on the hot side but I had to get some work done, including a little ditch digging. That was okay because later in the day, I was heading off to a big cigar dinner gathering in Paso Robles with maybe the leading man on the front lines of trying to save the cigar industry: Rocky Patel.
I didn’t have the time to watch the NHRA drag racing qualifying at the inaugural event in Epping, New Hampshire (New England Nationals). However, this isn’t a problem because I can DVR the ESPN2 show and watch later that night when I get back from the dinner. Wrong.
The old switcheroo
There was a problem because unbeknownst to me, ESPN had decided that the show wouldn’t appear on ESPN2 but instead, they had it on ESPN. See I’m used to ESPN and NHRA screwing with time elements of when they’ll show drag racing and I always make sure to add an extra hour – or even two sometimes – because you never know when the women’s ping pong show might run a little late and push drag racing back. I’m not shitting you … it happens.
However, moving the show over to another channel is a little hard to foresee. So, I like millions of other drag racing fans instead, were able to watch all you needed to know about Bo Jackson. Now, Bo was quite an athlete but when the schedule states drag racing should be on, don’t you think, well, I don’t know, that maybe … A DRAG RACE SHOULD BE ON! $#%@!
and Todd too
Of course, I fast forwarded through hoping against hope that there’d be something looking like a drag race but no, it was Bo all the way through for an hour and a half. The last half hour led into another segment on a different athlete and this one was worse, Todd Marinovich. Ever hear a story about someone who was extremely gifted and talented but threw it all away? That’s Marinovich. BUT I DON’T CARE!
What I do care about it is drag racing, but obviously ESPN and to some extent, NHRA, just don’t give a hoot about the quality of coverage the sport gets. Yes, I’ve ranted about this before but it doesn’t change the fact that as a drag racing fan, we are at best, second class citizens. Why it happens, I have no idea but this has to stop. Someone needs to get through to these nimrods at ESPN and NHRA that it would be nice if we had some semblance of regular television coverage. That’s all.
I did get to meet and talk for a short time with Rocky Patel, which made the day not a total dud. Anyway, my evening was spent outside having a late after-dinner cigar – a Rocky Patel, what else – with a good Zin. So I guess I’ll just keep the wine ready and anytime I need to drown my sorrows again, I’ll be ready. $#%@!
Daryle W. Hier