Imagine – if you will – that you’re excited about something. No, not THAT. Geez, man. A cold shower might help. Now focus. I’m talking about something you love. Something that you wish other people would love too. But imagine that people across the nation either aren’t aware of this thing you love, or just don’t give a tiny rat’s booty. Until a corporate sponsor comes along and… absolutely flips the script.
Welcome to 2010. There’s no other way to describe my feelings right now – I heart IZOD. And the IZOD IndyCar Series. And my IZOD IndyCar wife. What? She’s tremendous.
The ratings for the season-opener this year were 76% higher than last year. Can ya hear me now, chief? SEVENTY-SIX PERCENT. For those keeping score at home, that’s the same percentage of people who saw Moraes lined up next to Marco on the starting grid and said, “Well, shit.” In contrast, only two percent of viewers predicted that by turn one, Marco would be wearing Moraes as a hat.
St. Pete has some big, fireproof shoes to fill. But where there’s a Will (Power), there’s a way. How can I not go with WP as my first pick? That’d be like punching a gift horse in the mouth. Which I don’t recommend. I warned you. Coming off a victory at Sao Paulo, and a thirst for racing that can only come from a debacle like last year’s, I expect Power to continue doing great things this season.
Secondly, like so many of you, I’m excited to see Graham behind the wheel for SFR this weekend. First of all, snaps to savvy Sarah. Recognizing strengths in others and using them to benefit your endeavors is both intelligent and commendable. Whoa. Apparently this paragraph has been sponsored by Thesaurus.com. And the letter S.
Anywhoo… it’s because of this (and his history at St. Pete: pole-sitter in 2009; winner in 2008) that I’m going with Rahal for my second pick. Is it wrong that I still want to call him the Graham-burglar even though Mickey-D’s gave him the Middle McFinger? I’ve been trying to boycott, but let’s face it – that Shamrock Shake is a frozen miracle, isn’t it?
Third pick – I’m going with Kansas to win the whole tourney. Sons-of-bracket-busting-bitches. Stupid NCAA family pool. Looks like I owe somebody $2. What a kicker.
Seriously – I’m torn on this third pick. If I see Franchitti sit one more pole or win one more race, I might go play in traffic. And I can’t pick Briscoe because… it hurts. It physically hurts. Fine. I’m going with Justin Wilson. He started on the pole last year at St. Pete and finished third. Good enough for me. He’s fantastic on the twisties and I think he’s going to go places this year. That’s right – bring da ruckus, J-dub.
BTW, I’m headed to St. Pete this weekend. There’s a 76 percent chance that if you see me there, I’ll be drinking a Dirty Banana and yelling, “I’m on a Boat.” If this doesn’t happen, there’s a 76 percent chance that I’ll be highly disappointed.
I got my swimsuit… and my flippy-floppies…