It’s about time the US Army stopped (some) of the advertising spending. And it’s about time one of the Tea Party folks in Congress actually did something to cut spending, even if it’s just a little bit.
Oh, wait. She’s not a Republican.
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who tried last year to end military sports sponsorship programs before her amendment was defeated, commended Tuesday’s announcement that the Army would end a 10-year run of sponsoring NASCAR.
“This program was not effective,” McCollum told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “By eliminating a wasteful program, they’re protecting taxpayer dollars and they can refocus those dollars on recruiting efforts that bring in well-qualified recruits to keep our Army strong.
“The Army now joins the Navy and the Marine Corps in pulling out of NASCAR as far as sponsorships go. Now I’d like to see, as they haven’t been able to show us any numbers that any of these sports sponsorships work, that we bring an end to the sports sponsorships.”
Where is the Tea Party, anyway?
Morgan Shepherd, a low funded 69 year old NASCAR Nationwide driver, showed he’s got some badass left in those old bones.
The veteran of 44 NASCAR seasons was getting out of his rental car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store Monday evening just minutes away from Las Vegas Motor Speedway just as three men burst from the store’s entrance with security forces trailing behind.
Thats when Shepherd, a daily jogger and fitness perfectionist, sprang into action.
“I just got out and took off after them,” Shepherd said. “I caught one of them just as they were getting ready to hop a little wall at the end of the parking lot. I yanked him down and got on top of him.”
Shepherd said in a matter of seconds a Las Vegas police officer pitched the ageless NASCAR driver a pair and handcuffs and continued pursuit of the other two suspects, along with the store’s security force.
“I cuffed him and sat on top of him,” Shepherd said. “The police department officers showed up and asked if I could hold him a while longer while they ran down the others. I told them he wasn’t going anywhere.”
Shepherd said while the young shoplifter pleaded with him to let him go and about the possibility of going to jail, Shepherd used the time to lecture the youth about his poor choices.
Awesome. Here’s hoping I’m able to do the same thing at 69.
I flipped past the NASCAR Bristol race today on my way to the NCAA tournament. Normally, I wouldn’t miss a Bristol race, but I no longer take NASCAR seriously.
I’ve never seen a Bristol race without every seat filled. Looked to me they were at 2/3 capacity today. At Bristol, supposedly the hardest race ticket to get.
I guess I’m not the only one turning them off. We’ll see how the ratings go.
Watch this video.
Jeff Gordon was fined $10,000 and put on probation for 5 months.
Then watch this video.
Carl Edwards was put on probation for 3 races.
Seriously. Edwards used his car as a weapon, 150 plus laps down, and almost put a car in the stands at 180 – 190 mph, because of a perceived slight. Punishment: 3 race probation. I’m sorry, guys, but that’s gonna do it for me.
Had it been Robby Gordon, you better believe he’d be sitting out a few races.