It's been a rough couple of months with some long days and nights, but now that March Madness is in the rearview mirror, I can hopefully get back to blogging on a regular basis for the three of you who actually enjoy my commentary from this small speck of the World Wide Web.
This week, I'd like to touch on the subject of one Jeff Gordon.
Last week at Texas, Gordon ended a winless skid of 47 races and, you know what, it wasn't met with jeers as have come with many of his 82 wins, but with cheers. It seems that even non-Gordon fans were able to appreciate seeing the four-time Cup champion back in Victory Lane -- for one weekend at least
And that's good to see. Gordon has been great for the sport and unlike a current young driver enjoying sucess at an early age, he has -- for the most part -- handled himself with grace and composure.
I've noted before that when I became a fan of NASCAR in the mid-80s, Dale Earnhardt was my driver. And if Earnhardt couldn't win, then my preference was to see a Chevy/Pontiac in Victory Lane. So when Gordon came along, I was actually excited. To me, I didn't see an Earnhardt rival, I saw another strong Chevrolet driver I could root for.
Eventually I came to work with another fan of Earnhardt and he despised Gordon. Because of him, I toned down my support of Gordon somewhat. I think part of the reason was that another co-worker was a big Gordon fan, so he began to gain the upperhand as Gordon began to enjoy more and more success. So that became as good enough reason to root against Gordon than any.
But I don't know that I really ever truly minded seeing Gordon in Victory Lane. It was almost as if I was going through the motions more than anything because that seemed the thing to do as an Earnhardt supporter.
Nowadays I just like to see a good race, I don't really care who wins.
So what are your feelings on Gordon? Love him? Hate him? Anybody else out there who was a fan of both Earnhardt Sr. and Gordon?