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the thrill of victory

October 26, 2007 — Leave a comment

last weekend saw the last race of the 2007 formula 1 season and it was fantastic. i’ll rarely watch sports on TV, if it’s on i’ll watch enough to keep track, otherwise i don’t generally set out to specific sporting events other than the Olympics and recently NFL football. but my one true sporting passion is formula 1. i’ve stayed up until the wee hours to watch races on the other side of the globe, i’ve been late because of qualifying and best of all, i’m made my family fans.

at the end of the 2006 season when 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher retired, i wondered what the 2007 season would bring. new drivers, new teams and a whole lot of title contenders. the 2007 season was not a disappointment, despite all the off track shenanigans, it was just amazing. at least two races decided by the weather, spectacular crashes and the drivers’ championship down to the wire, what was there not to love?

the coverage this season was lot better than the last. in the us, Formula 1 is broadcast on Speed TV, the practice sessions, the qualifying and with exception of four, all the races of the 2006 and 2007 season. in an effort to bring the sport to the masses, CBS tried in 2006 and Fox in 2007 to broadcast races on their respective networks. good idea, bad execution. both attempts boiled down to one fundamental problem, by forcing the broadcast team to explain the sport to viewers unaccustomed to it, they were alienating the core audience that knows how it works and really just want watch the race. the constant explanations, the firm grasp of the obvious was just irritating. combine that with trying to cram what is normally a three hour broadcast into two hours and broadcast times that fit network schedule and not necessarily a live broadcast, the recipe for disaster is complete.

Formula one returns to Speed TV next March (hopefully). 

find the other half of the cable guys here.

i am back

June 1, 2003 — Leave a comment

almost 24 hours. i’m so proud of myself. actually i’ve been logged on for almost two hours, but i’ve been catching on mail and other news, here are some links of interest… 

game for all my wordsmith friends 

ok so i broke the resolution about the tests. far too funny not to – how dodgy are you? 


Alright geezer! Fancy yourself as a bit tasty? It may be against the law, but what they don’t know won’t hurt ‘em eh? We know your heart’s in the right place… but watch out or that place may be a 3 to 5 stretch in Pentonville with ‘Mad’ Frank, Harry the Horse and ‘Wristy’ Rich Richardson. 

Based on your answers, we have calculated the maximum penalty for your crimes*: 
Years in prison: 83
Potential fine: £5000 

and to compromise here is a fresh link about sexuality – a few words on sex (la times, you have to register but it’s free) 

formula 1 today was fun, not as exciting, the drivers and constructors championship is still up in the air (newly scoring structure, making every race worth the points) and it’s interesting to watch ferarri struggle (the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if they haven’t been issued instructions on high to hold off on their winning ways to make the season more interesting – which it has been so far) 
although michael schumacher (ferarri lead driver and 5 time world champ for those of you who don’t know) has shown that he’s not infallible, his calm under pressure; in spain, the fuel nozzle caught fire, just behind his right shoulder, his only acknowledgement of this, was wiping the flame retardent off his visor and having to make another pitstop (he went on to win); is one of the reasons he’s still only four points off the drivers championship and still likely to win his 6th world championship this season. 

i also saw pieces of about a boy on cable this weekend (the middle and the end, not the beginning) and am now dying to re-read it. i have how to be good here, so i’ll make do with it. 

speaking of books, here is my amazon wishlist. 

i’m off to ponder my finances, btw if anyone knows how to add what music you’re listening to the contents of the blog, pls message me… thanks