I’m not a big fan of car racing. As a matter of fact I’m not even a little fan of car racing. Sitting on your dead ass in the broiling sun watching cars go around in circles indicates a severe personality disorder. But that’s a digression. Brainless NASCAR fans are not my topic. My topic is brainless newspaper articles.
Last Sunday some people were hit by lightning in the parking lot of Pocono Raceway during (or after) a racing event. One person was killed. USA Today has launched the usual witch hunt for the culprits. Whose responsible? NASCAR? The raceway owners? The track officials?
According to USA Today, almost anyone except the fans, duh. USA Today never mentioned that perhaps fans might consider personal safety to be their own responsibility. Not to be picky, but isn’t this familiar? Isn’t this the role of the nanny state? Shouldn’t we pass a law about staying out in the rain? Okay, the chances of you getting hit by lightning are pretty small, but if you chose to ignore the possibility, isn’t it on you?
Fans should be alerted to the fact that some sporting events take place OUTDOORS, and thus may be subject to THE WEATHER.
One raceway official said if the race was still in progress, some fans would not leave even in a monsoon. “that’s why they are the
greatest dumbest fans in the world”.
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