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Marc Foxx
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Posted: 18 February 2017 at 3:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

One of the things that impressed me about the crowds at
the races is that, despite the amount of alcohol, they
were pretty well behaved. I credit that to there being
so many teams represented (32 or so, I guess), so you
don't get that us vs. them mentality at say an Eagles
vs. Cowboys or Red Sox vs. Yankees game.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 18 February 2017 at 9:14pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

NASCAR races are a lot more exciting live and in person than they are on tv.

But I wish they'd either ditch the road courses, or at least disallow teams switching out their regular drivers for road course specialists. Even though those specialists rarely, if ever, win. Even back when I watched NASCAR regularly, I wouldn't pay much attention to the road courses. 


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Joe Boster
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Posted: 18 February 2017 at 9:40pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Mark, I think the fact that NASCAR is a traveling show helps this. there is no home team and rivalry week is every week. Jeff Gordon vs.Jimmie Johnson. Dalr Jr. vs the Ghost of his Father and so on. So not as much us vs. them compared to local sports. 

I really like the road courses. I wish they would do more of them. I'd love to see NSACAR up at Road Atlanta later in the season after Atlanta Motor Speedway. March in Atlanta is too cold. I miss the labor day races. 
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 19 February 2017 at 1:29pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I don't like Soccer because of the non-stop running, plus the fact a game can end with a 0-0 score.
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At the risk of threaddrift, this is a fundamental difference in the mind-set between North American sports fans and  UK sportsfans. I like watching football (i.e. soccer), I like watching baseball. But I hate the fact that baseball games must have a winner, that you can watch two teams be evenly matched for several hours and then at have to go into extra innings because of that compulsion for a winner and a loser. What's wrong with declaring a game a tie? Especially in as congested a season as baseball?

Watching football is not just about seeing goals. It's about seeing tackles, possession football, the ebb and flow of the game, saves by the goalie. A draw is a fair result if there is nothing between the teams. I find the need to settle games in overtime an artificial way of generating a result over the course of long leagues. In cup competitions it's a necessary evil, but I can't see the point of it in normal games in a season.
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Joseph Greathouse
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Posted: 22 February 2017 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

"Maybe you guys can solve for me a mystery that has puzzled me since childhood, to wit: why do people actually go to auto races? I mean, I could not imagine people going to football or baseball games if the field was on a giant lazy susan that rotated the play past the viewers every couple of minutes. What, then, is the appeal of this sport that basically does exactly that?

Seriously!"

I have never understood racing, but my dad was a HUGE Indy care fan.  As a child, my dad would get out his radio each year and LISTEN to the entirety of the Indianapolis 500. I never got it.

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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 23 February 2017 at 11:14pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Sadly, I think a lot of people go for the same reason a lot of people watch it on tv: Because they hope to see wrecks. 

If you've never been to a race, you'll never understand it. They're a lot more exciting live and in person than they are on tv. 

Myself, I've only been to one dirt track race, and two NASCAR races (both at Bristol). I only went to the dirt track race because I got free tickets (didn't care enough to ever go back and actually pay for tickets), and I've not been to more NASCAR races because I usually can't afford it. But I *may* be going back to Bristol for one of the Xfinity races this year, because Heidi has a contact who might be able to get us pit passes.





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