The Right Call

May 5th, 2011 at 9:04 pm by under Sports

I don’t know Donald Trump, I’ve never met him, but I’ve seen him on TV (to paraphrase the commercial).

He’s a unique self-promoter who has a heck of a lot more money in his checking account than I do.

But he should have never been in the running to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

This is the Greatest Sporting Event In The World, not WrestleMania.

(And before the WWF/WWE fans protest, I have nothing against the WWE, in fact, I’ve been known to want to “RKO” plenty of people in my day.)

The 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 is special to many people, especially me, and A.J. Foyt, (or Al Unser, or Rick Mears, or Gordon Johncock, or Jacques Villeneuve, or any 500 driver you want to trot out) , would be a better choice than Trump.

I understand Trump is a media sensation, he gets people talking, and usually I’d say, ANYTHING that gets more eyeballs on the “500″ is fine by me.

But this year is special.

It’s the 100th Anniversary.

Think about that.

When the first “500″ happened, the Titanic was still unsinkable, the Red Sox weren’t playing in Fenway Park and nobody had ever heard of Babe Ruth.

Donald Trump has no business filling the seat once held by Carl Fisher, the visionary who gave us the Speedway, and Wilbur Shaw, the visionary who saved it from ruin.

Indy 500 winners have driven the pace car, so has a World War I flying ace and the man who broke the sound barrier.

Eddie Rickenbacker, Chuck Yeager, Donald Trump.

As Sesame Street would say, one of these things is not like the other.


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