Kudos for the new guy

Posted by Iannucci | 6/13/2009 | 4 comments »
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Over the last year or so it seems the number of IndyCar blogs has doubled or tripled, and that's a good thing. If there are things to be said and points to be made then the more the merrier. My only hope is that each person has their own voice, their own outlook, and their own j'ne sais French something.

While many of us relay stories with snark or satire there is one new blog that is dealing in the ancient art of thoughtfulness. And quite frankly, he's making many of us look bad. If you haven't seen it yet it's the site "Oilpressure" I find myself absorbed with every post.

Take for example yesterday's work, which made an extremely convincing case that Ryan Briscoe is no Robot.

Earlier this week, I was going through some web sites trying to get a feel for the general opinion on the race at Texas. A surprising theme that caught my eye was how relieved people were that Ryan Briscoe didn’t win Saturday night. We all have drivers we pull for and, yes…pull against – that’s the joy in sports. But some of the comments I saw regarding Briscoe were either downright wrong, or I’ve missed something along the way. Instead of the terms that I would apply to him like nice guy, humble, championship contender — I saw words like robot, loser and idiot.

I’m always open to listen to both sides (well…not really), but I don’t see where this hatred of Briscoe comes from. I saw one exchange where a Briscoe defender asked why they were blasting him. The response indicated Briscoe wins too much. Let’s see…he has one win this year and had two last year; which DOES disqualify him from “loser” status, but hardly makes the point of him winning all the time. He finished fifth in points last year and is the current point leader for 2009, which DOES qualify him for championship contender.

America is usually a nation that loves comeback stories. Quite honestly, I think Ryan Briscoe’s story is nothing short of remarkable...

(MORE from OilPressure)
Read the rest of it just so you'll get all the "maintaining eye contact" references that are soon to follow. George Phillips is definitely raising the bar for the rest of us, so do yourself a favor and check out his site.


  1. Kohl // June 13, 2009 10:33 PM  

    As if you and P-dog didn't make me look bad enough we get yet another suoer-blogger. Great site though.

  2. Goose // June 14, 2009 9:08 PM  

    Mr. Phillips is definitely "must-read" work. He's a great addition to the field and look forward to seeing more of his work.

  3. Jennifer Coomer // June 15, 2009 7:48 AM  

    Jeff, it is really great of you to feature this blog & say great things. It's a great blog! And I'm excited to come across another fan in my neck-of-the-woods!

  4. Brun@ // June 15, 2009 2:53 PM  

    The texts of George are very good, reading more than indicated.