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1259Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Athletes?

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  • scshmoo@earthlink.net
    Mar 2, 2008
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      It was a PS page in R&T.

      "Ronald D. Polimeni" wrote:

      > I believe that remark regarding the relative girth of drivers and
      > tires was originally made by Froilan Gonzalez as he was looking at a
      > modern F-1 car long after his retirement . Ron.
      >
      > --- In Marlboro_Raceway@yahoogroups.com, "Rick Mandelson"
      > <rollingthunder78@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Don
      > >
      > > You've got a case of the gray hair..................
      > >
      > > Most of the drivers in the old days were slim and there are pictures
      > to prove it.
      > >
      > > Rick
      > >
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: Don Haines Photography
      > > To: Marlboro_Raceway@yahoogroups.com
      > > Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 1:17 AM
      > > Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Athletes?
      > >
      > >
      > > Steve,
      > >
      > > In my time, the tires were skinny and the drivers were fat :-)
      > >
      > > Don; Haines
      > >
      > > Stephen Lloyd <slloydmarlboro@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Bob,
      > > An interesting discussion!
      > >
      > > I'm of two schools of thought here: Probably becuase I just got
      > my latest issue of "Sports Car" from SCCA, featuring a driver profile,
      > the initial reaction is to say that "no," drivers aren't athletes. The
      > article in Sports Car relates the story of a portly gentleman who
      > looks about as far from an athlete as possible -- downright portly and
      > more a candidate for heart problems than success in a racing car. A
      > walk through the paddock on any Summit Point SCCA Regional weekend
      > would probably show a significant percentage of chunky, overweight
      > drivers who certainly don't capture the image of the svelte, muscular
      > people we see in tennis, marathons or bicycling. Yours truly ain't
      > exactly Mr. Universe, himself! Then I thought about this again, and
      > would have to say emphatically, that "yes," race drivers are athletes.
      > They use their bodies, muscles, ednurance and minds to compete. If
      > that isn't a sufficient practical understanding of the word, I can't
      > imagine a better one. Some just do this "athlete thing" better than
      > others. And if being in shape is a strict requirement for athletes, I
      > dare say there are hundreds, if not thousands, of summertime softball
      > players -- to cite just one example -- who are in no better shape
      > physically than Joe Regional racing his Mazda. A cursory examination
      > of any weekend's amateur golfers would probably yield the same
      > results. But who would ever consider saying that softball players or
      > golfers aren't athletes?
      > >
      > > To those, espceially the "stick and ball" types who believe
      > racing drivers aren't athletes, I would suggest that your definition
      > of the word is probably limited, and more than likely does not bear
      > close scrutiny.
      > > Steve Lloyd
      > >
      > > Bob Storck <bstorck@...> wrote:
      > > I've grown weary arguing with the readers and writers of the
      > sports
      > > pages as to whether race drivers are athletes ... some
      > "traditionalists"
      > > resist even categorizing drivers as "Sportsmen" implying that
      > by relying
      > > on an unclean internal combustion engine, they themselves are
      > not worthy.
      > >
      > > Just because those lauded by the sports media do so in front of
      > > audiences, I find it hard to not raise questions about golfers,
      > > synchronized swimmers or jockeys. Such questions are
      > guaranteed to
      > > create glowering looks of pity at my obvious stupidity.
      > >
      > > Just now I stumbled across a program showing a conclave of
      > Bass Anglers
      > > gathered in some poor unsuspecting lake. The announcers had no
      > problem
      > > describing those grown up "good ol' boys" as athletes!
      > >
      > > With thinking like this, TV programming and the Presidential
      > Election
      > > process becomes more understandable ... no less sad and
      > tawdry, but more
      > > understandable. And I understand the appeal of crystal meth
      > better!
      > >
      > >
      > >
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