OK, I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much about auto racing. What I know could fit into the glove compartment of my Toyota with plenty of room left for an owner's manual and an assortment of maps.
Still, I was intrigued by the voting for the inaugural class for NASCAR's new Hall of Fame. The five inductees were Bill France, Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson. What, they couldn't find three more France family members to round out the class?
On the outside looking in are legends such as David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison. Sorry, but I don't get it. Take a look at baseball's first class in 1936: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. That's five players. No organizers, no executives, no managers, no umpires. Those types of folks came later, as they should have. Ultimately, the essence of any sport is the talent.
Not one NASCAR fan has ever bought a ticket to see an administrator administrate. The people who spend their hard-earned money are there to see the cars and the daring drivers who can make them go fast. There are many more years to honor the organizers, the car owners, the promoters, the crew chiefs and even the tire changers, but there's only one first class.
That's too bad for a great driver - and South Carolinian - like Pearson, who is second all time to Petty in the number of wins. He'll have to wait until next year.
Now let's look at the rest of the week's top sports headlines.
U.S. soccer team clinches 2010 World Cup berth with 3-2 win. The people of Honduras were more upset by the result than their country's current constitutional crisis.
U.S. team defeats International team to win Presidents Cup. People internationally weren't upset at all. I'm guessing most of them yawned.
Baseball playoffs resume with teams from New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Smaller markets need not apply.
Charlotte Panthers score first win of season, over Washington Redskins. Bill Cowher has moved from standing over the shoulder of John Fox to the one of Jim Zorn.
Denver wears vintage, yellow, '60s jerseys and vertically striped socks in win over Patriots. Next week Stacy and Clinton are going to feature the Broncos on "What Not to Wear."
Bobcats coach Larry Brown ejected by replacement refs during loss in preseason game. Escorted by security out of an NBA preseason game? Somebody needs to go sit on the beach with a Corona.
S.C. High School League still mulling its realignment plan. It's now thinking about making Chapin play only schools in North Carolina.
Tim Tebow takes post-concussion tests. After watching Tebow lead Florida to a victory against LSU, Steve Spurrier is thinking about hitting Stephen Garcia in the head a few times.
Dabo Swinney says verbal exchange in practice with offensive coordinator Billy Napier was overblown. Swinney claims that was nothing compared to the cussing out he gave to the kid in the drive-through lane who left the fries out of his order.
Former coach Billy Gillispie settles lawsuits with Kentucky for $3 million. If only the rest of us could get $3 million out of Kentucky for not coaching the basketball team. I didn't have a contract either.
Rush Limbaugh dumped by prospective ownership group of St. Louis Rams. An angry Limbaugh blamed the NFL players union, principal owner Dave Checketts, President Obama, the mainstream media, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the rising liberalism of the NFL for his fate. Hey, you know, this may be the first thing he didn't blame on the Clintons.
Kentucky high school girl loses state golf championship after turning herself in for scorecard mistake. Unlike Limbaugh, the classy Emma Talley only blamed herself.
Joe Torre says he doesn't plan to manage Dodgers after next season. If he beats the Yankees in the World Series this season, he may retire on the spot.
College football bowl lineup could grow to 36 games after 2010 with the addition of the Dallas Football Classic. Because even below-.500 teams deserve a postseason game.
Panthers linebacker Jon Beason apologizes for calling out teammate Julius Peppers. He also apologized for everything Steve Smith has ever done.
LeBron James being treated for swine flu. To be safe, the Cavaliers are installing hand sanitizers on the backboards.
Nicklas Lidstrom becomes first European defenseman to reach 1,000 points. This is hockey, right?