Reflections On The Rock… by MKH

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BobLee
May05/ 2017

Reflections on The Rock by MKH

I have a friend over in Durhm… actually I have several “friends over in Durham”; but one in particular relative to today’s “incredibly insightful column” (a/k/a “iic”).

He is retired from a 40+ year career as a “respected journalist”. THAT’s an adjective/noun combination  that belongs with corfam shoes as “whatever happened to them”.

My friend was an “ink-stained wretch” who turned out “the daily miracle” for multi-decades. He won numerous honors from his peers. The papers he edited won accolades; but none can match the one title he shares with no man in human history….

He is “Mary Katharine Ham’s Daddy”.Proud Dad

 

As noted he lives in Durham with an equally proud lady known as “Mary Katharine Ham’s Mamma”. They live in a goofy Durham neighborhood in which they are an ideological minority of two. They are friends of mine… you do the math.

I once asked him “why” he lived surrounded by such nutty neighbors. “BobLee of all people you know that answer ….. unlimited Column Fodder.” Touche.

It’s a safe bet not nary a neighbor of his’n can spell NASCAR or knows who “Dale Jr” is. Which segues to today’s BLSays First.

Today I’m turning you over to Mary Katharine Ham for her HUMDINGER of a column about The Rise & Demise of NASCAR.

Of the 2,000 BLSays columns, 3-4 have the half-life of Strontium 90. Although posted in some cases 7-8-10+ years ago, they get googled and read by someone somewhere weekly if not daily. One of those was a column about Jimbo & Candi Fisher – Diary Of A Tallahasee Cougar. Go figger? Another was “What Happened To NASCAR”.

There are more opinions about “that” than the announced bogus attendance at a Bully Barber “Hoot & Hate” ….. “at least 80,0Mary Katherine Ham00… maybe even more”.

Mary Katharine’s meteoric journalism career began as a general assignment reporter for the Richmond County Daily Journal. She has gone on to national prominence as a “contributor” on Fox News and most recently as “token conservative contributor” on CNN. In addition she contributes to numerous “think tanks” and political websites. This HUMDINGER that MKH penned on NASCAR appeared in The Federalist today – Fri 5/5.

WARNING: It’s a bit lengthy…. but well worth it. Trust me. The risque part about her and Dale Jr on the backstretch of The Rock is worth the read by itself.  Hubba Hubba!!  Not to worry…both of’em were single at the time.

Mary Katharine Ham’s GREAT COLUMN about NASCAR – LINK

ENJOY:  You don’t have to agree… but you HAVE to read it!  It WILL be on your final exam.

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ultraviolet

Thanks for linking her article. She’s quite insightful.

Former96Heel
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Former96Heel

Great read, but I also am not sure if the portion of population who could fix a car is that big of a factor. I knew tons of Nascar fans, most of whom are not fans any longer. Very few could change a flat tire. . I think they started losing interest when “free agency” came in. They grew up knowing Harry Gant was the Skoal driver, and Richard Petty was STP. When they had to start digging into a decoder manual to figure out who was driving what, the loyalty started to crack. Plus, the new drivers could pass… Read more »

OldWuf Vet
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OldWuf Vet

I’ve read MKH’s past work and caught her on Fox in the past. I follow her on Twitter. If you’re not o. Twitter already, don’t bother, cause it’s pretty much a cesspool at this point. The meanness practiced on Twitter is pretty shocking to an old guy. Anyway, MKH stands toe-to-toe with the liberal horde daily. They attempt to match wits with her but most are wit-deficient. I primarily enjoy seeing her thrive after her personal tragedies. Bless her.

Doug
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Doug

Only went to one race. Darlington, Labor Day race. Sat in the backstretch with the other bubba’s on a hot steamy day with my just potty trained son. On about lap 10 he crawled into my lab and slept for two solid hours. I was cramping up within 30 minutes. Maybe the most miserable I’ve ever been. Hot, sweaty, dusty, with airborne tire tread stuck to the sweat. Tough on the small track towns that lost races. I can’t say it’s any sadder that what has happened in too many small towns in the past 30 odd years. On the… Read more »

Myowngrandpaw
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Myowngrandpaw

Driverless cars. The comment about people no longer able to work on their own cars because of technology is dead on. When do we get to the time where the stock cars go around without drivers? Sheldon Cooper will be”driving”. When they go to the segment to look into the workings of a NASCAR car, my eyes just glaze over.

ALTHOUGH, when they run moonshine with driverless cars, it will be tougher to find the still.

@CarolineduRosso
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@CarolineduRosso

I stopped giving a damn about NASCAR when they abandoned Rockingham, Darlington and North Wilkesboro for Ontario, Fontana and Jolie, and if my beloved Wolfpack starts playing their home games in Schenectady they can go to hell too!

Chris in Wallburg
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Chris in Wallburg

Never have looked under the hood of my 2012 Acura TSX. Not proud of that fact but what would I do when I got it open? And I used to do it all.

Queen City
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Queen City

I attended a race in Charlotte Motor Speedway last year after a 10 year hiatus. The only originality left from the good ole days was in the parking lot which was a sea of fried chicken, cold beer and country music. I still call it Winston Cup and could not believe it when I saw it but once I entered the speedway I noticed the concourses had set up designated smoking areas. NASCAR like ESPN has abandoned their fan base by ditching the short tracks in NC and going to the longer tracks in Texas and Vegas and that weird… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

My compliments to you for the link. Wonderful piece of writing from a very elegant and talented lady. Enjoyed every line. Hale from Catawba county. Grew up with a real wheel guy that never made it big, but sure could tear up the county roads. He was a Chevy mechanic. Selectively and safely totaled his beast when a red split window Stingray showed up at the dealership with a special high performance engine. He drove it away with the insurance settlement. He eventually became th Fonze and taught automotive at my high school. They built him a $2 million shop… Read more »

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uncleron

I’ll bet that’s the first Nascar column ever to use the word elegiacal. Well done. I took US 1 to Augusta a couple of weeks ago. Great decision to avoid 95. Going through Rockingham and Camden, and seeing the houses that textiles built, it reminded me of similar declines Down East. We stopped and had lunch in Rockingham. It was a pretty place on a pretty day.

rivlax
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rivlax

Hey, thanks for the compliments to me and to MK, BL. I’ve only been to one NASCAR race myself, the 1979 Talladega 500, and then I was a guest in the Gulf skybox, not in the stands with the Bubbas. But, as one commenter pointed out, I enjoyed watching on the boob tube with suds nearby. Did that for about 15 years until there were no more Southerners to root for and Jimmy Johnson started winning every dang thing. But I have been to Daytona five times, just not for the 500. Went to the Daytona 24 Hours sports car… Read more »

The Expatgriate
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The Expatgriate

This is not only a wonderful piece of writing but also a sort of case study of sociology, psychology and the human condition in general. Although I e I’m an unreconstructed sportswriter, I’ve never been to a stock-car race, but I’ve been to Darlington, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro and the big boy at Charlotte. Why? Because I wanted to see the places where long-ago heroes did their thing — just like I went out of my way to see the football stadiums at Princeton University and Louisiana Tech. I’m not sure this means anything to anyone but me, but Miss Ham… Read more »

RR.HP
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RR.HP

While not your column, a very good, nostalgic read about NASCAR, Dale, Jr., etc. Thanks for sharing it.

Elrod
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Elrod

Nicely done, simple yet elegant article. MKH hit all the appropriate points except one, and it’s the one you speak of often: the enjoyability of a sporting event on your own big-screen TV with a nearby couch and refrigerator. There are a couple of things even that can’t duplicate, though; the smells and sounds of a live NASCAR race. Personally, I really miss the days of loose regulations and imaginative race car “engineering”. Unfortunately things change, and in some ways not always for the better. Thanks for bringing in a quality pinch-hitter, BL.

Charlotte Wuffie
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Charlotte Wuffie

Psst…. BL, you need to spell KathArine correctly…