In the United States, the sports media freaks out every time an athlete or other sports figure says anything remotely controversial or interesting. ESPN blows up every salacious soundbite they can into a major media controversy, proof of which is the fact that Skip Bayless is still gainfully employed. As a result, interviews with sports celebrities tend to be the media equivalent of room-temperature tapioca pudding (bland, yet at the same time utterly revolting).
(Artist’s rendition of Ecclestone’s dream driver)
Across the pond in Europe, things work a little differently. Our European cousins go mad for wacky sports like “soccer,” “cricket,” and “Formula 1,” and sports figures like Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone talk freely about their desires for Black, Jewish women. Read more…
This is Tony Stewart’s time of the year as a NASCAR racer, when he’s at his competitive best on the track. After his narrow defeat Sunday, cameras and microphones captured Stewart pitching a fit that has us wondering if it’s also his time of the month?
FROM THE MARBLES’ Jay Busbee transcribes part of Stewart’s exchange with crew chief Greg Zipadelli as follows:
Robby Gordon is blowing gaskets over the derailing of the Dakar Rally. And he adds fuel to the fire by commenting that the African desert race is not as dangerous as driving through Los Angeles.
(R. Gordon [L] in a more sedate moment with Tony Stewart [R])
USA TODAY reports that Gordon had already spent $4.5 million getting two Hummers ready for the 16-day, 5,760-mile race, before being told the rally was canceled, due to terrorist concerns.
Last month, a French family visiting Mauritania was killed in an attack by al Qaeda-linked militants. Part of the race goes through the north African country, and organizers decided to call off the rally for the first time in its 30-year history.
But Gordon, who became the first American to win a race stage back in 2005, says winding through the Sahara is no more dangerous than heading on the 405 or Figueroa Street:
BUSINESS WIRE revs up news that a live-action version of the animated series “Speed Racer” will be making pit stops at theaters this May.
The film will be produced & directed by the Wachowski brothers, the team responsible for making “The Matrix” movies. The cast includes Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, and John Goodman, with Emile Hirsch in the title role.
To help promote the flick, Warner Bros. will have Speed’s racer Mach 5 on display at this month’s North American Auto Show in Detroit. Someone better keep an eye on the hubcaps.
Will the film be any good?