Hi. Remember me? The last time we communicated, I was in third grade. I wrote to you about learning cursive in school. But you never wrote back. That hurt, so I gave up.
Anyway, after watching Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on FOX, I felt like writing to you again. You see, Mrs. Diary (Or is it Miss? Not trying to pry into your personal life; just asking), I have a job now that allows me to attend the vast majority of NASCAR races in person.
But there are some races I skip, and the Kansas Speedway race was the first one I've watched from home this season. I assume you didn't watch it – since diaries don't have eyes – so I wanted to let you know what the experience was like. You've always been a good listener, so here goes.
Overall, watching the race at home reminded me how I'm spoiled by being able to see it with my own eyes on a weekly basis. At the track, I control my own viewing destiny; at home, the race director in a TV truck shows me what he thinks is important.
Unfortunately, the race director also has to show me
a few lots of commercials. I know that's how NASCAR broadcasts have always been – and it's the same whether it's FOX, TNT or ESPN – but being subjected to commercials during live action feels like the most frustrating experience a viewer can have.
It's like watching a movie and getting into the story, but then someone blindfolds you and mutes the sound for a few minutes – right in the middle of it! Except during NASCAR races, the images and sounds of the race are replaced by annoying AT&T ads about things being so 29 seconds ago.
Really? I'll tell you what was so 29 seconds ago: The race for the lead we just missed while the broadcast was showing an AT&T commercial!
Now, I know commercials interrupting NASCAR races are nothing new. But here's what I found troublesome about FOX's broadcast in particular: For three hours, everything seemed like a commercial – even during the race.
Thanks WJM and Alan...It's just a shame that the whole thing has gotten to where it's at.
I cant believe the heavy metal music they play. Dont get me wrong, Im a rock guitarist, but dang, when I started watching NASCAR in the mid 90s, it was all country music and a down home feel.
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That's why you should use MRN. It is your own fault and your own fault alone if you do not put in the time and effort to locate an MRN feed. Myself was treated to a link by one of our members one time that I did not know about (thank you unknown member) and was spared----my AM radio was being a bitch---- and was spared the talking heads. I will not be a blow hard told ya so I'll simply say that complaining when there is a choice (for those at home) is not...no....does not paint you in an intelligent light..../p>
I listen to MRN also but I can't change what is presented on screen. The only way to skip the broadcast drivel is to Tivo the race and wait two hours before watching but that blows the idea of listening to MRN (or participating in chat.) It shouldn't be this hard to simply enjoy a race.
F1 may not be the most exciting to watch at times but Varsha, Hobbs, and Matchett are outstanding at making even the most boring parade interesting. Even the old ESPN SpeedWorld NASCAR coverage back in the '80's and early 90's was ten times better than the non-stop Sham-Wow production we have now.
I'm unitelligent. Paint me.
Where is Johnny Hayes when you need him..................
Why should anyone expect anything else with a Fox broadcast? Fox TV and radio are both about as über fucked up as anything can get. Nothing else I can add.
The last sentence in my post seems to have been cast a drift. I wonder wear it went??
Check the couch cushions