9:00 PM Akron, Ohio mayor Don Plusquellic helped chase down a man who had stolen a friend's purse during a downtown music show Friday night. The man had tried to get a $100 ransom to return the purse, but Plusquellic convinced him to give the purse back & surrender to police.
Imagine how excited you’re going to be to see your favorite NFL team get started tomorrow. (or Monday. Or two nights ago. Whatever, humor me.) Then, think about putting on the jersey and heading out to the game a few hours early with a cooler full of meat and Natty Lights (admit it, that’s what you drink). Then, spending a few hours with old friends and new friends talking about how awesome it is that football season is finally here.
Then, finding out that the game has been canceled because of a traffic jam. Welcome to Scotland, where apparently the concept of an “alternate route” doesn’t exist. And of course it was a soccer game. I’m surprised you even had to ask. What other sport has such ridiculous excuses for calling off games?
TRACK OWNER WANTS NASCAR AWARDS DRIVEN TO VEGAS: A big-wheel racetrack owner wants to drag the Nextel Cup awards ceremony from the Big Apple to Sin City:
David Caraviello of NASCAR.com revs up news that Burton Smith has been lobbying the racing organization to move the annual end-of-year party from New York to the warmer climate of Las Vegas.Smith is the chairman of Speedway Motorsports, a group that operates seven racetracks used in the Nextel Cup competition - including the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
According to Caraviello, Burton wants to “move the thing to Vegas, put it in a huge arena, open the upper level for fans and turn it into a motorsports version of the Grammys or the People’s Choice Awards.”However, Caraviello argues against the idea, calling Sin City “conquered territory”, and supports the show’s stay in New York, as a way to keep NASCAR in the minds of Manhattanites.
BIG APPLE DRIVERS SOURED OVER NASCAR TRAFFIC JAM: New York commuters were taken for a ride, as a NASCAR appearance backed up traffic even worse than usual:
The NEW YORK POST reports Manhattan motorists were delayed by over an hour Wednesday morning, as NASCAR held its Victory Lap promotion. Drivers like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson wound their way through Midtown, closing off streets to other vehicles trying to get to work.The event also took place on the same day as the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, adding to the city’s gridlock woes.
Of course, the drivers didn’t seem to mind. The SAVANNAH (GA) MORNING NEWS raced down this reaction from Carl Edwards: “It’s neat to be able to drive a race car through downtown New York. That’s pretty cool. It’s cool to see all the people amazed at what’s going on.”And cool to see all the people flipping you off, since you’re holding up traffic.