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marrtinigirl
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« on: September 20, 2004, 01:37:17 AM »

Just in case anyone saw Marty on Pit Bull Saturday (or whenever it aired) and heard him say that the ratings for Richmond were down because it was a Saturday night race and people go out on Saturdays, I took the liberty of writing an email to Mr. Smith.  It went like this:

Dear Mr. Smith:

Watched you on Pit Bull last night and just have one
thing to say:

Come on!!  Do you honestly believe that the Richmond
ratings weren't high because it was a Saturday night
race?  Please.  If this Chase is as exciting as you
are trying to make people believe it is, wouldn't they
have stayed home?  I bowl on a Sunday night league,
and I have to tell you, on Super Bowl Sunday, the only
people present are a few women.  The guys all make
plans to bowl ahead of time because they aren't
missing the Super Bowl for anything.  It definitely
seems to me that if this were such a great and
exciting thing, people would go out on Friday and
throw Nascar parties on Saturday.

I think, Mr. Smith, that you and everyone in your
organization and the media, are WANTING this to work,
but that doesn't mean that it is.  And no matter what
lame excuse you may come up with, the numbers still
aren't there.  Why don't you admit, and save yourself
from having to change your opinion or make more
excuses at the end of the year, that this isn't as
exciting as you have hyped it to be.  No matter how
you dress it up, the fans still know that we don't
like it.  But, as you have proven all year, no one
really cares about that.

Thank you,
Staci Wolford,
Davison, MI

He RESPONDED!!  It went like this:

Staci...
Just happened to be sitting at my computer when your email showed
up...I disagree with you, matter of fact I couldn't disagree more. I never
said that ratings were low b/c it was a Sat night race, I said that was
a contributing factor. The Chase is good for NASCAR, whether or not
you, personally, like it or dislike it. Normally this time of year is
boring as heck. This year it is not. This year, folks care where drivers
finish. That hasn't happened in years.
Marty

I wrote back, but forgot to save a copy, but I just wanted to know:  This time of year is boring to whom?  Sure, there are some tracks (NH) that are terribly boring, but I don't think the whole time of year is.  Every year, no matter what time of year it is, I watch each race as a separate entity and get excited about what is going on in THIS WEEK'S race.  And I beg to differ, but I don't think the chase has done anything but make things frustrating and take away from the actual race.

An even more frustrated, yet impressed that he responded, Staci
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2004, 01:52:42 AM »

Good for you, Staci!  But I think Marty Smith is a pompous ass, so I wouldn't get so worked up over what he says.  

I guess I find any comments that people aren't watching  night races to be contrary to what we keep hearing, that TV wants more night races.  One minute they say they want more, but they still haven't shown me that they value night races or NBC wouldn't always push them to a cable network.

Also, I find myself a helluva lot more bored by what we saw/heard today on TV than I ever was in past years.   The media and Brian France seemed to be the only ones excited by this goofy points chase we have now.  

BTW, anybody know when Pit Bull was on last night?  Since the truck race ran during it's normal schedule, I'm assuming it was shown late night/early morning.  

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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2004, 02:02:00 AM »

We watched it at 12:30 or 1 am.  We were still up, being slap happy and watching speed and just happened to catch it.

The high-light to the show, however, was the new T-shirts that Mike Mulhern is now selling and was wearing.  The proceeds go to the Victory Junction Gang.  The shirt reads "Forget Marty, I agree with Mulhern."  I just may have to buy one.  I mean, it IS for a good cause.

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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2004, 02:06:01 AM »

BTW, I agree that Smith is a pompous ass, it just irritates me that because HE likes it, it is good, but since I don't, my opinion doesn't count.  And I told him so in my reply.  I also told him that he was pretentious.  I don't think I will hear from him again.

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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2004, 11:18:24 AM »

The response is a perfect example of the pompus, condescending attitude of Nascar and much of the press.  They treat fans like stupid children who have no idea what they like or "what's good for them".  Their rationalization for all the mail and polls where fans say they hate the crapshoot is that they only hear from the people who don't like something.  Justification for ignoring the majority opinion.  I guess the TV numbers will have to tell the tale, won't they?

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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2004, 12:42:43 PM »

My comments are not really TV talk, more like radio talk. And it doesn't have anything to do with Marty Smith. So I guess I don't know why I'm posting it here, except I'm trying to ride the Staci's (-7.50) coattails all the way to the Martini Bar....

Another illustration that not everybody "gets it" or "thinks its a good thing". Driving to work today listening to the local radio morning news. The guy doing the news/sports is pretty intelligent and knowledgeable. Not someone just reading the AP news just handed to him, but someone who seems to actually know the news.

First, it was only at the very end of the sports news section that they mentioned NASCAR. Not at the beginning, or the middle, or even before the ping-pong tournament results, but dead last - almost as an afterthought. "And finally..."

Upon reading the results, he goes on to say "and Kurt Busch is now tied with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the playoff, championship, whatever thingy. Well whatever it is, they're now tied."

Nice job NASCAR of getting the PR out and convincing us all that we would like it once we understood it...

And this was a major market radio station in Baltimore.

Staci, Staci, Staci (-22.50)


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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2004, 02:54:52 PM »

hey lou at least you get to hear this on the radio. here in nyc  NO RADIO STATION AT ALL  will ever  broadcast  anything about nascar..so you thank your lucky stars.
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2004, 03:43:12 PM »

Come on, Lou!  I am a poor, injured, air-headed person.  I need this money, Lou!!  Could you really live with yourself, Lou, if you started taking money out of my pocket, Lou, by stealing my idea and crediting your account, Lou, everytime you mention my name?  Lou, if you start doing that, then everyone will want to do that, and then Lou, I will owe everyone and my brilliant idea will go down the drain.  Can you really do this time me, Lou?  I mean, we all know how often I have good ideas, right Lou?  So is it really fair to steal the only one I have had, Lou, where I could actually make a decent living?

Please, think about it, Lou, and don't do this to me.

(82.50-22.50=60.00 you still owe me :lol: )

Staci
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2004, 04:11:55 PM »

Agggggh!!!  Those are entirely too many Lous!  Trust me, one is more than enough!   :lol:

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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2004, 04:20:20 PM »

I know, but I had to make my money back.  Just be glad I didn't put emoticons in there, too.  Lol

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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2004, 05:26:54 PM »

Shoot, Lou, you think your guy was bad, last Monday in our local rag, there was an article about the "chase".  It was written by JENNA (somebody- Iforget the last name).
 After talking about Jeremy's win, it listed the remaining "chasers" and omitted Matt Kenseth! Whoever she is, she doesn't know enough about Nascar to be writing for AP. Oh well...
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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2004, 03:18:19 AM »

As an interesting sidelight to Staci's letter to Marty Smith, you should read the last letter to Marty in his Last Lap column on nascar.com.  I think he has used up his quota of rationalizations for the month.  His "explanations" of why fans couldn't find the Nascar race on any TV in the casino are laughable.  He's dancing really fast to pretend the crapshoot is a huge success.

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