Quote of the day

Posted by Iannucci | 8/11/2008 | 17 comments »
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"NASCAR's Sprint Cup schedule is easily the most diverse and demanding challenge in the motorsports world. Nowhere else will you find such a varied combination of tracks, from Bristol to Texas to Talladega to Pocono, and no two tracks are exactly alike -- even the so-called cookie-cutters have their own unique characteristics. Formula One, World Rally and other global series typically focus on a single type of circuit and stick with it all season long (although IndyCar's '09 schedule is shaping up to provide much more balance than in the past)." - ESPN.com's Ryan McGee, revealing how he erroneously thinks the words “diverse” and “varied” are simply synonyms for “awesomest” and “ultra magnificent”.

(Thanks to reader Ansen for finding this amusing quote.)


  1. Anonymous // August 11, 2008 6:25 PM  

    oh, yeah, because Monaco, Spa, and Monza are so very similar (hahaha)

    Even my uncle and cousin, beloved nascar fans, would laugh at anyone dumb enough to say that nascar has a more diverse sked than indycar

  2. Nan S // August 11, 2008 7:02 PM  

    I like Nascar, but come on, Rally is the definition of diverse.

    This guy doesn't know much about racing.

  3. H. B. Donnelly // August 11, 2008 7:57 PM  

    "Diverse" apparently means you have to turn your steering wheel left to varying degrees. The fact that ESPN pays people like this guy reminds me why its good that the series is going to Versus.

  4. Jenna // August 11, 2008 7:57 PM  

    Well of course he doesn't know much, he covers Nascar. The people that cover that area of "racing" aren't typically known to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  5. Justin // August 12, 2008 3:18 AM  

    Just drink the kool-aid Ryan and everything will be right with the world.

  6. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 5:59 AM  

    NA$CAR's schedule IS the most demanding challenge in the motorsports world, because it's too d@mned long! The "challenge" is how will teams who are NOT in the Big Three (Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Racing) get the large amounts of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ needed to run a 36 race schedule (not counting the non-points paying events @ Daytona & Charlotte).

    Another thing that makes NA$CAR the most challenging racing in the world is the constant concern over when a tire will blow-out. Admit it, in that respect the IRL and F-1 are kinda boring. I mean, it's really dull watching the open wheelers run lap after lap without one of their slicks just up and grenading without another car making contact with the tire.

    See, NA$CAR's cool 'cuz it doesn't have foreign born drivers driving funny looking cars that don't look like what I can buy from my local dealer powered by engines built by foreign companies. So y'all remember that!


  7. Mike // August 12, 2008 6:08 AM  

    Nascar more diverse than Rally?

    Yeah because driving in dirt, snow, tarmac, gravel, water, ice and rain is so much less diverse than driving on banked asphalt with a token road course or two.

  8. Doug // August 12, 2008 6:12 AM  

    You took the words right out of my keyboard, Mike.

  9. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 6:25 AM  

    ARCA must be the most awesomest series then. They have all the type of tracks that NASCAR has PLUS dirt tracks!

  10. The SpeedGeek // August 12, 2008 6:27 AM  

    Yeah, methinks that Mr. McGee's main exposure to rally is probably what he's seen in Subaru's magazine ads. That's right, Ryan, rallies are all held in the woods and the cars spend 95% of their time airborne. Also, the 2008 IndyCar schedule is apparently just running the same track over and over again...

  11. Carrie // August 12, 2008 7:52 AM  

    mmack - Since when aren't Ambrose & Montoya & Toyota considered foreign?

  12. Carrie // August 12, 2008 7:53 AM  

    Snark aside: McGee = NASCAR shill = useless when it comes to discussing other series

  13. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 8:33 AM  

    Mr. McGee's comments are about a series where redneck drones are called to gather watch with the call of "Boogity-Boogity-Boogity"

    Your honor, I rest my case!

  14. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 8:41 AM  

    "Well of course he doesn't know much, he covers Nascar. The people that cover that area of 'racing' aren't typically known to be the sharpest knife in the drawer."

    Bull. What an offensive comment. Have you actually sat in a NASCAR media center? Or an IRL one for that matter?

    But since we went there, exactly what Mensa awards are Jack Arute or Jeff Olson going to win?

    And I think it's worth mentioning right now that the ONLY reason that IndyCar's sked could be said to be more varied or diverse than NASCAR's is because TG has been heading back to the 1995 CART schedule.

    The "original" IRL schedules up until Penske and Andretti came back over the fence to retake spiritual control of the sport were as diverse as a Klan rally.

    Just sayin'.

  15. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 9:51 AM  

    But since we went there, exactly what Mensa awards are Jack Arute or Jeff Olson going to win?


    If you want to play that game, NA$CAR allows Ed Hinton in their media center. ESPN even pays him to post stories. 'nuff said.

    Your move, sir


    (And don't MAKE me post a link to your views on Mr. Hinton from your very own blog!)

  16. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 9:57 AM  

    Well played, sir...

    Actually, the idea of who has a brain and who has straw in their head inspired me to write a long and rather uninteresting missive about it on my blog. But for the sake of this discussion, let's just agree that there is a distressingly large group of morons covering racing that seems to outnumber those who have skill and insight.

    (I won't mention that some of Ed Hinton's most egregious douchebaggery came from his coverage of the IRL... ;))

  17. Anonymous // August 12, 2008 4:50 PM  

    There is a stock car series, billed well below NASCAR, which is much more diverse than any NASCAR division. It's called ARCA. Superspeedways, cookie cutters, flat tracks, short tracks, even dirt! And now, in September of this year, a road course (New Jersey Motorsports Park).