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Carpenter penalized

Wow! Ed Carpenter is in the news and it appears from the picture associated with this lame story he is a female golfer. I can't believe that he would make such comments (even though the story didn't point out what he said). What course was he playing and what did he shoot? Seriously, is there a point to this useless waste of an article.  (Jun 15, 2007 | post #8)

The Indianapolis Star

Entering contract talks, F-1 boss dismisses need for U.S....

I am not a big F1 fan but the economic boost it provides is hard to do without. Sure the US doesn't need or have to have F1 or any type of racing for that matter but it generates revenue within the economy with all the money fans spend while they're here. There are businesses that forecast their staffing needs and yearly revenue including dollars generated from big events like this. If you take that away, you start removing part of the main draw for businesses to stay in town.  (Jun 15, 2007 | post #29)

The Indianapolis Star

Patrick races closer to claiming a victory

I have noticed all drivers are lousy until they get a win with most people. When a driver wins for the first time is there some unseen force that bestows extra ability on them which they didn't have before? I don't think so. All a win does is get past the initial barrier of being a race winner. Even someone that wins will eventually go through a string of bad circumstances and may go years without winning again or never win again. The point being just because you win a race doesn't make you any better than you were before as far as talent goes. If any of you have raced any type of organized series you would know every time you go on to the track with a bunch of drivers nothing is the same as when you won before. Win Danica gets a win she will start getting a little more respect but that doesn't mean she lacked talent before. Then again, she may never win which means most of you will continue to bash her even though most of you probably have never raced any type of car (aside from Washington Street or 465) much less know what it takes to win.  (Jun 11, 2007 | post #33)

The Indianapolis Star

Democrats, NRA reach deal on gun-control bill

This is quite possibly another waste of time. You can keep databases and background checks and do whatever you want but this will do nothing to control what happens on the streets. There are plenty of places to get firearms of any kind on the streets without having to jump through any of these hoops. Where do you think a majority of lunatics get their guns? Sure the occasional person with a clean record wakes up, runs to WalMart and buys a rifle but most of this crazies get them off the street where these so called rules don't apply. Until these people on the streets are stopped by some real police work on a national scale, the lunatics will continue to get guns and use them. If Congress would only use their time to actually fix a problem or attack the issue at hand, the nation would be a much better place.  (Jun 11, 2007 | post #28)

The Indianapolis Star

The mommy mistake?

This is an age old issue of which is better. For every stay at home mom you find that takes an interest in their children and spends quality time with them, I can point out an equal number that sit at home watching TV while their kids run rampant. The same goes for working mothers as well. There are 2 sides to every coin and different situations that each of us have no business bashing each other for. The point is what time mothers spend with their kids should be quality time. As far as I am concerned a stay at home that sits around all day parenting from the couch is the same as a mom who isn't there. I know and have seen quite a few of these examples where the children have grown up with no discipline or respect for anything much less their mom. Let's be supportive of each other.  (Jun 11, 2007 | post #11)

The Indianapolis Star

Edwards wins race at Stewart's dirt track

Support your local dirt tracks fans!! You never know when you will meet a rising star of the future. Everyone keeps saying it was nice to see Gordon on dirt or I never knew he raced there before. Gordon came from dirt up through the USAC sprint ranks which run a pretty split schedule between asphalt and dirt. For that matter most of these NASCAR guys came from dirt ranks. If you look at small tracks across the country where you might go to catch a Saturday night race you will find 3/4 of them are dirt tracks with really high car counts and great racing. You can't beat it for $10-15 a person for 4-5 hours of entertainment. The media doesn't put enough attention on this so the fans just figure since the only races shown on TV are asphalt then all of them must be on asphalt and it simply isn't true. This was a great race and great PR for dirt tracks across the country. Tony has been organizing this for a year or longer to make it a big annual thing, NASCAR on dirt. I think this trend will only grow with this success and we may see more through the year for charity. I don't think you will see a points race on dirt unless you go to a bigger track. Most dirt tracks can't accomodate 43 cars starting a race due to their size.  (Jun 7, 2007 | post #31)

The Indianapolis Star

Big numbers

I wish the kid all the best and hope he has enough sense to make the most of his situation. A pitchers expectancy on average isn't very long in baseball and you really need to take advantage of the small window of opportunity before your arm goes to mush. Most pitchers don't have longevity especially those that have only a fast ball. Junk ballers stay in the game longer with offspeed and breaking stuff. How many fast ballers stay around or take a role more than closer without having some pitch selection?  (Jun 7, 2007 | post #15)

The Indianapolis Star

No penalty for Patrick's push

This whole thing was ridiculous but it was funny. Wheldon is still mad his 500 win was overshadowed by Danica actually leading the race towards the end. In order to get respect you have to earn it and until then you are just somebody who likes to whine and cry about why about why you can't get the job done. Danica needs to drive more aggressive and take some chances as any good driver will tell you. Rarely does a win fall in your lap (ask Dario) without some risks being taken. She wants to cruise around and everybody should move out of her way and let her win. I look for this to change as her new boss (Andretti) was probably one of the more aggressive drivers in Indycar racing. If they really work together as a team, she will change and learn what it takes to win. I am not a fan of Danica but if she does finally win the PR will boost the sport ten times over. She drives to finish a race and if you drive with that mentality you aren't going to win races. She has the equipment and I think she has the ability but she doesn't seem to have the mentality to get the job done so far.  (Jun 7, 2007 | post #123)

The Indianapolis Star

Healthy paychecks

CEO's make their money off the backs of the people who really know about the job and what the company does. You don't even have to go higher than a director mid level management person to start noticed how much upper management doesn't know about their company. They rely strictly on the work of others and they get the kudos and pay when things are going well. What do the real workers get? Not much if anything. The country was founded on the backs of workers and will continue to be that way. What makes it even worse is these multi million dollar CEO's often times don't have any money just like the rest of us. They are handed a silver spoon and in a lot of cases never really have to do a hard days work. Sure they make decisions and guide a company but most of the time these guys aren't even in the office or doing business outside the office unless something big is going on. These salaries almost always become the downfall of major companies as another poster stated earlier. It never ceases to amaze me with all this outsourcing and laying off people that could be avoided if you got rid of 1/2 a CEO's salary and kept 20 workers to put out the best product possible. This doesn't even include the upper to mid level management that could be cut out so average workers could keep their jobs. The board that typically makes the decision of CEO is made up of rich overpaid people too so it won't change any time soon.  (Jun 7, 2007 | post #5)

The Indianapolis Star

16th St. near track might shift gears

Interesting although this really doesn't have anything to do with pedestrians or traffic flow. It is really about trying to get more out of something that has been slowly dying out. The 500, although great, has been slowly nosediving since the CART/IRL split. Even if you revitalize the area, that isn't going to help tourist numbers because the fan base just isn't the same as it used to be, just take a look at the stands through out the month of May. The Brickyard can only get so big since NASCAR doesn't want it to overshadow Daytona. There have many failed attempts to develop the area across 16th from the speedway for hotels, business, etc. This is just an attempt to bring more money into something that has been slowly dying out. It is unfortunate as there are lots of great traditions for this area but regardless of what you do to the area if people don't really care to attend the events anymore then people aren't going to come to the area for no apparent reason. How many times can someone go to the museum until it just becomes the same thing over and over. You need to have events that draw a consistant crowd which the 500 doesn't do anymore for the month. Sure the race brings the crowd but what about the rest of the month? What happened to opening day or the first day of quals having to fight the crowd for a seat or parking space? Now you can practically drive right in a half hour before the start of those events and you can't even sit in most of the stands because the crowd is so small security closes them. The key isn't the area per se it's the events that make the area great in the case. Honestly, I don't know if the 500 will ever recover from the CART/IRL split. I hope something happens for the better because I miss the days of the greatest spectacle in racing and the tourism it brought through out the year for various reasons.  (May 25, 2007 | post #44)

The Indianapolis Star

Practice begins for Indy 500

Good weather = boring practice sessions. Last years practices were great since almost every one of the days it was raining it seemed. So, when there was a good day, every driver was out there running laps. It's always been like that unless the months weather sucks.  (May 8, 2007 | post #13)

The Indianapolis Star

Indy 500 to go hi-def

I can't believe the 500 will be in high def but the cooking show I watch still isn't. Very disappointing.  (May 8, 2007 | post #10)

The Indianapolis Star

Heart surgeon sues Indy hospital

Again, what did this guy do and why did it lead to his suspended privileges? Poor reporting yet again. As far as we know he accidently stabbed a nurse with a scalpel or yelled at an intern. Most of the surgeons I have met aren't too bad as far as arrogance but their beside manner sucks because for them it's all about the procedure not the follow up care.  (May 8, 2007 | post #15)

The Indianapolis Star

Video of drunken Hasselhoff costs actor his visitation ri...

Cut the guy a break. He has to work on his singer image.  (May 8, 2007 | post #4)

The Indianapolis Star

Sanjaya, 'Idol' finalists to play State Fair

When will this no singing talent guy go away? Unfortunately there are plenty of mindless zombies out there that think a lot of the kid. Can't blame a guy for trying to capitalize on his short termed fame.  (May 4, 2007 | post #17)

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