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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A few words of wisdom from my Grandfather

Standings ta work tonight I go to thinking about the 2 most important things my grandfather William A. McIntyre Sr. has ever told me.
1. You have to pay to play, which he told me while I was pissed off I had no money for gas after I drove around town for 3 days doing nothing but driving around wasting gas.
and...
2. Opinions are like Assholes, everyone has one and they all stink.

Now think about that last one for a second. I'll give you a few seconds to let that sink in.....

Yes we all have opinions on just about everything and in this day and age of social media we can share them at any time no matter what we are doing. Those of you that follow me on twitter or are friends with me on Face Book know I share just about everything a man can share, but then again my life has always been an open book. Ive always lived with the thought that if you don't hide anything then no one can spread lies about you. For some reason that never stops people from trying.

Now getting back to opinions and social media. Those that follow me know I am one of if not the MOST opinionated person they will ever meet. Want to know how I feel about a race? Just ask me. Want to know how I feel about the Steelers ? Just ask. Hell ask me about music, movies, TV Shows, books anything and I'll share my thoughts on them. But Ive always been a guy who liked conversations good or bad. My wife hates talking to me about anything because she says I love to debate EVERYTHING.

Now on Twitter I have tried to keep my opinions from making personal attacks on drivers. Don't get me wrong, I will call a driver out for being an idiot and making a boneheaded move, or I will call my own cousin a moving billboard on occasion, but I always try and keep it to that. Only driver who I have not been able to do this with is Tyler Walker but that is a whole different story. I do the same for race tracks. There is a reason I can complain about Port Royals lack of wins from farther back then the 2nd row, and then show up at the track and have Mr. Oneal walk up to me and shake my hand, welcome me back to the track, and then ask me how me and my family have been. Its the same reason I can sit in the stands at Williams Grove and complain about how bad the racing was on a particular night and have Justin Loh walk up to me after the races and shake my hand and ask me " How the hell are ya Bill?" Its because I don't attack them or the track personally. Can some of you say the same thing? I doubt it.

Remember folks I am the ONLY "media" person that will give you my honest feelings on anything. I can promise you Jason Bly or Jeremy Elliot do not give you theirs. Wanna know why? They need to be liked by everyone so you all check their websites and listen to their podcast. Myself, I could care less to be honest. I dont play favorites and treat every driver, race team, race track, and media person the exact same way that I treat the next. I'm honest and that's all there is to it.  

Anyway the reason I decided to write this morning is because of everything I have read last night about one Mr. John Westbrook and his lawsuit against Williams Grove Speedway. Now I don't know the whole story as to why he is suing him, and I'm pretty sure non of you do either, but that hasn't stopped people from making personal attacks on the man for doing what he is doing. Why? Because he dares sue the most Historic race track on the east coast because HE thinks they are somehow negligent in his accident? I don't see how that really is anyone's business, yet I have seen him called everything from an asshole to nothing more then a greedy bastard.  Well I'm going to throw my opinion out there just like everyone else but I'm going to do it from another standpoint.

First off I'm going to start this by saying I Love John Westbrook. I think he is a great man who is an inspiration to not only people who have suffered the type of accident he did, but also to people like me, and here is why...If a man like John can wake up everyday with a smile on his face even though he may never walk again, how the hell can I sit and bitch because I cant do something? I had the pleasure of interviewing John not once but twice on Central PA Live a few years back and the very last thing John said to me was "I always wanted to be a stand up comedian, so I might give that a try". Think about that, here is a man who is confined to a wheel chair the rest of his life cracking jokes about being a STAND up comedian. That right there told me everything I ever needed to know about him.

Now as far as his lawsuit goes. Do I think it's right? NO, I think it should not have happened. The thing that bothers me the most is John says the track is unsafe and helped cause his injuries yet he continues to field a race car at the very same track that he is suing. That to me is just plain stupid.

Ive also read about how he thinks a catch fence should be installed in turns 1 & 2 instead of the sharp drop off that played a part in his injuries. I happen to agree with him and have said that for years. There is absolutely no reason the track cant put up a catch fence to try and keep the cars from going out over the guard rail. And don't give me that BS about a car hitting the fence and bouncing back into the path of another car. How many times have we ever seen that happen? Can't say I have ever seen that happen at Lincoln in either of the turns. I can remember Jeff Sheppard had his career ended by such a wreck at Knoxville but I didn't see anyone trying to tear the fence down after the wreck now did I?

Just remember folks, its all well and good to have an opinion, just try and keep it from being so damn personal all the time.

Oh and one last thing, to the people who think responding to me with "You should worry more about car counts at Trail Way" or "You just keep going to that shithole Trail Way" trying to upset me, let me fill you in on a secret....IT WON'T WORK .

Thanks for reading once again, please feel free to leave a comment on here (don't be a chicken shit and leave your real name), you can tweet me @BillMcIntyreIII or even email me at boogermac420@inbox.com. Until then have a great week folks, and I'll be sitting track side Thursday night to watch Stevie Smith kick Outlaw butt at Lincoln Speedway.

Later

2 comments:

Jason Bly said...

Help me out here. When did you become "Media"? Last time I checked you shot video at a local race track for an online media outlet. You run a point series and you post comments on a personal blog. Where does the editorial credentials for an accredited media outlet come in?!

After nearly 15 years of doing this, keeping my opinions out of many of the things I do publicly is the best way to create a respected place for people to catch up on racing. We all have opinions of our own. It's good not to have to force your visitors to deal with your own opinion on a daily basis. Especially when it's negative.

You see from the many comments you get that just as many people come to bash you as they do support your opinions. That's not what I am after.

Just don't ever accuse me or others of misleading race fans and visitors with the work we do. I find that insulting to everyone and all professional that works in "media". You can state things you feel and see in respectful manners to your reader and the people or situations you write about. It's called professionalism in reporting. Something you still seem to have to understand.

Jason Bly said...

And I forgot to mention my job is not to spout off about my feelings about John Westbrook or Williams Grove, etc on the front page of PAPosseracing.com or the twitter of facebook page, but to report that it's going on and to keep visitors updated with the best information I can get for them to form their own opinions.

Do I have an opinion about the situation!? Hell yeah I do. Send me a message online, call me or talk to me at the race track and I'd be glad to give it to anyone that wants it. I don't choose to have a personal or even professional blog to air out my feather ruffling opinions to anyone that cares to read. I don't care or want people to know my opinion. If I did I'd post it online and made sure everyone would see it. Thanks for letting me clarify where I stand and what I try to do.