Kimi Räikkönen (herein, Kimi, because I don?t know if R-R?s blogs can support tremas) made headlines by deciding to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, solidifying Formula One?s status as a feeder to the Truck Series. This naturally lead to all sort of outrage by Sprint Cup fans complaining that Formula One is a boring parade of driver aids, and outrage by Formula One fans complaining that the Sprint Cup Series is contrived sponsor parade with debris yellows to clean up thin air. Why all the hate?
My two favorite movies are Rocky and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. If you are familiar with them you will notice they have some very big differences. For example, Rocky lacks lightsabers, big explosions, and CGI dewbacks, while as Star Wars never shows Luke Skywalker punching a side of beef as he prepares for the culmination of his life?s work. I do not feel that any of these shortcomings makes either film less enjoyable; though each did franchise into half-a-dozen sequels (and prequels).
To go a step farther, it is better that each film has those ?deficiencies?. Luke Skywalker shouldn?t break thumbs for money, and Rocky isn?t supposed to bull's-eye womp rats in his T-16 back home. At the risk of making all this relevant, maybe F1 isn?t supposed to have 80 lead changes in a race, and maybe a Sprint Cup car isn?t supposed to go from zero to one hundred and back to zero in four seconds. Before you can enjoy a race (or a movie) you have to get past your preconceived notions of what it is supposed to be. Only when you come to appreciate something should you start a blog to point out imperfections and prescribe remedies from the comfort of your own chair.
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