I have read a few news stories in the past and led you astray. I freely admit it. Remember when Bobby Labonte was a sure thing to be driving the 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevy? I wrote about that. I was wrong. I found out just how wrong I was about the same time you did. I noticed something that day though. A lot of the sites that reported that as a done deal suddenly withdrew the stories. I didn't. I made a mistake, and I still display it to the world. If nothing else, folks, I'm honest. When I make a mistake, I own up to it. In other words, if I write it, I believe it's true. I'm not always right, obviously, but I believe in what I write about.
It's a very young season, and there is much in the way of silliness to happen in 2009, but I will report what I believe is true, and what I don't know to be true, I'll simply report as a rumor. I feel like I owe you, as a reader more than I gave you in 2008. I promise I'll never lie to you, and if I report something wrong, I want you to give me a huge amount of crap about it.
There is a site currently being featured on Jayski that is basically full of bull squeeze. I've read it, and was stupid enough to believe it last year, and even though they've been totally wrong about basically everything in the past, Jay, for some reason, links to the site. My site doesn't really qualify, since I'm a blog, not really a news site. Once in a while though, I write a column that even Jayski can't ignore. I used to be featured on Bleacher Report, but I got tired of all the editorializing there. I came home to here, my own blog, and here it is, warts and all.
I'm not a NASCAR insider, and never pretend to be. I'm like you, a fan, and express certain opinions here. I probably know a few things that I can never say here, but you probably do too, if you've been a fan for a while.
I watch 99 per cent of the races on TV, just like most of you do, and I have to put up with Digger, and DW, and all the rest of it. Actually, I thought the Digger deal was cute for about 10 seconds, then I got tired of it. I get tired of DW after about 10 minutes, and that's only because I respect him for the driver he used to be.
I'm also officially tired of fan boards of any kind. I still read a couple of them, on race days, but every driver's got his die hard fans, and he could shoot the President and the fans would still back him up on it. It gets old after a while. You think Junior Nation is bad? Try the Casey Mears board or even Ryan Newman's. Fans are fans, and God bless them all. I'm doing my own site now, and I'm officially a fan of Smoke this year. Yeah, go 14. I wish him well and Ryan, his new teammate.
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