It's sad but interesting, reading all the venom that's been spewing
around here lately. The amount of "noise" on this group has increased
greatly and it seems that the people who complain are being flamed to
the high heavens.
Let me tell you why this this NASCAR fan came to this newsgroup:
1.) To learn about the sport. To hear the rumors and the reports about
what happens off the track. No, not the "Gordon's a ***" rumors that
obviously don't have any basis in fact, but Silly Season rumors, track
date rumors, fines to drivers and crew chiefs, that sort of thing.
2.) To hear about the races. To find out who may have hit someone when
the TV didn't have a good camera angle (has anyone ever figured out
who hit Bill Elliott at 'Dega last year), to hear scanner soundbites
from the drivers and crews, and to get news on a lot of the
behind-the-scenes stuff that TV never shows and the announcers never
3.) To ask questions and find out answers. Questions like, who got
into Geoff Bodine's rear at Dover and spun him? Where can you find
neckties with racing designs? In what business ventures are Earnhardt
and Gordon partners? That sort of thing...
4.) To read informed discussion about the sport. It's always fun to
watch a reasoned debate on who caused a wreck, but when that
discussion degenerates into mindless and blatant driver-bashing,
that's when I quit reading the thread.
5.) To discuss issues which are peripheral to the sport, but
nonetheless vital, such as tobacco sponsorship, Rusty Wallace's
comments about Clinton sticking it in Bristol's Victory Lane last
Those are the reasons I'm on this newsgroup.
I am NOT here to:
1.) Read mindless "Driver X sucks, no he doesn't, yes he does"
2.) See repeated accusations with no basis in fact, like "NASCAR is
fixed for Gordon" or "Ernie Irvan is a blind Cyclops and ought to be
banned" or "I hope Earnhardt ends up on his roof again." These
subjects are getting old in a hurry, and I don't read those subjects.
3.) See the flame wars that have broken out between people who are
genuinely interested in racing, and folks who obviously are here to
distrupt and troll us.
The amount of real racing information in r.a.s.n has declined
tremendously since I first started here, about a year ago. Thankfully
I have found some other sources of information thanks to some true
NASCAR fans who share my love of the sport and desire for good
information and informed discussion.
You may now return to your original programming...
H.B. Elkins -- Winchester, KY
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