Friday, October 05, 2007

Slick Racing

I know NASCAR is the most popular racing entity in the States, but you have to hand it to the Formula 1 guys when it comes to bravery in dealing with the natural elements.

Last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix was no exception, as you can see in the photo above taken of British driver Lewis Hamilton, Aussie Mark Webber and Japanese racer Sakon Yamamoto during the race at the Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan. That's just west of Tokyo for those of you not up on your geography of Japan. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

Hamilton may not have been the safest driver on the track. According to news reports, the FIA is investigating his driving tactics during his win in Japan.

Meanwhile, the NASCAR fellas (left), on the same day, huddled under their umbrellas while waiting for rain to stop in Kansas City. What a bunch of pansies.

The baseball photo below is about a week old, but it may be my last chance this year to bring you a pic of a ballpark grounds crew. The photo shows members of the PNC Park crew clearing rain water following a sudden downpour during a Pirates game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

You XM Radio subscribers out there who frequent or sometimes just scroll past the regional traffic/weather stations in the low 200s may have noticed a unique message on the Boston station Thursday. As you may know, the display screen for those channels offers weather messages such "Fair" or "Rainy" or "JAM ALERT" for, of course, traffic jams in that particular city. But on Thursday, the opening day of the Major League Baseball playoffs, and the first game between the Red Sox and Angels being played at Fenway Park, the Boston channel display read "Go Sox!"

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