Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Are there just certain things Southerner's shouldn't say?

I was listening to my local sports talk station today.  There's a ton of football, basketball, baseball, and even hockey coverage on it, but very little in the way of Nascar stuff.  If they hired me, I'd change that pretty quickly.

One of the announcers, who is a local guy from South Carolina, did a promotional spot for a golf club shop.  In case you didn't know, South Carolina probably has more golf courses per capita than any other state in the union.  But I digress.

This local announcer was pitching several brands of golf clubs for this shop.  Calloway, Taylor, etc.  and then he said the word that just about caused me to about wreck my truck in the middle of traffic.  "Peeing".  Now, I know that all of you know that word.  We all do it.  We all regret it when we have to do so when it's not convenient to do so.

This radio host is a southerner.  I am too.  I probably say the word the same way.  The actual name is "Ping", which is a major brand of golf clubs and accessories.  But the way some of us say it is just comical when you listen to it.

I'm not criticizing the host.  He did the best he could.  I'd probably say it the same way.  But "Ping" came out like "peeing."  "came out" is probably a poor choice of words as well.  Oops.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is often ridiculed for talking the way he talks, which is southern. Others enjoying ridicule are Ward Burton, and Bill Elliot.  

If you're from a part of the country that makes you think southern talk is alien, then I suggest you look at the roots of the sport.  Nascar grew up around tracks like South Boston, Greenville-Pickens, Metrolina, Bowman-Gray, Lakewood,  A lot of tracks were in the north as well, back in the early days.  Some of them were even in Canada.  Check them out!

Racing wasn't invented in the South.  It was just made better here.  In my humble opinion, of course!  Sure, there are things a southerner should probabaly never say into a microphone, but I don't think that it's a really good reason to exterminate us either.

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