The State Newspaper, the largest newspaper in South Carolina (I believe) was once a strong supporter of NASCAR racing. Over the years we enjoyed the exclusive coverage by The State's own motorsports writers, Jim McLaurin, Jim Hunter, Joe Whitlock and others. All three of the named gentlemen were excellent writers and I especially enjoyed Jim McLaurin's sometimes unique look inside the sport. I have scrapbooks from the 60s containing articles from the State on races and sometimes (Daytona, Darlington, and Charlotte, and later to include Rockingham) almost the entire sports section was devoted to coverage.
The August 28, 1981, edition, in the "Weekend" section on the upcoming Southern 500 was a full page article, with color graphics all about me and my intense love for the sport. That was not even in the sports but the front page of the weekend section. Racing received many feature articles all the way through the nineties. After this morning, I'm wondering what we may have for The Southern 500 in Darlington this year.
The State no longerhas its own motorsports writers. They use reporters from other newspapers McClatchy owns, some good, some bad, and some so awful they didn't even know that Dale, Jr. had a Grandfather that tore up the Southern short tracks back in the day.
I guess my surprise this morning was the fact that, in six pages of sports, there was NO mention, not one word, about Talladega this weekend. Not one word about the Drivers' Council meeting with Brainless Brian in one of his rare appearances at a race track. I hear he didn't even tip the Uber driver who got him there from the airport. Oh, there was plenty of room to lament the fact that some players from one of our major universities haven't been drafted in the NFL dog and pony show yet. They had room for a highly overpaid college coach to have his picture taken with a couple of fans at a meet and greet at which he appeared. It would have been newsworthy, in my opinion, to report on the meeting with Brainless Brian.
Oh well, NASCAR can't even get a blip in the newspaper which once provided such excellent coverage. I know we find all we need to know on the internet now, but it would have been nice to read about that meeting over my bowl of Special K. What makes this even more impactful to me is the fact that I attend church with the Executive Sports Editor for the newspaper. He is an absolutely great guy. I do intend to mention this little fact to him at church tomorrow. It's not his fault as sports around this area consists of more about college football, baseball, basketball, tennis, and checkers than it does about news. If you read The State this morning, did you read about the 21 dead from a car bomb in the middle east? No? Why is that? They didn't have enough ink to print it after all the ink wasted on the NFL draft.
Ok, rant over for this morning.
What a change! It's been awhile since I've checked in and I'm quite surprised. It may take me awhile to figure it our but first look it's really great.
updated by @tim-leeming: 12/05/16 04:02:57PM