Right after New Year’s, word got out that ESPN had made the choice for their replacement of Marty Reid. It was to be Allen Bestwick. I say word got out, because ESPN has yet to deny or confirm the hiring. But Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee both seemed pretty confident the other night on Trackside that he got the job, so I’m going on the assumption that he does. I wouldn’t exactly call it a hiring, since Bestwick has already been working at ESPN since 2007. I suppose you’d call it a new assignment for Bestwick.
This past Monday night was very interesting. I had not been home long when I received an e-mail from someone who took issue with the post I had on Monday regarding what I perceived as a lack of activity from Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. Since the person chose to e-mail instead of commenting on the site, they obviously chose to remain private, so I will honor that privacy.
Most IndyCar fans have already taken note that there was one item missing from under our tree this season. In early November, while describing his ideas for revamping qualifying procedures for this year’s Indianapolis 500 – Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles dropped a little nugget to tease us with by saying that the series might be receiving a “Christmas Present” in the form of a new title sponsor. With the recent departure of IZOD, most of us had expected the series to run in 2014 (or longer) with no title sponsor. When Miles dropped that in our laps, we all (myself included) began wild speculation as to who it might be.
We don’t actually have a water-cooler in my office, but we do have a break-room – which I guess fulfills the purpose of “water-cooler conversations”. As big of a fan of IndyCar as I am, there aren’t many people in the south, outside of my co-worker in another location, John McLallen, that I can have in-depth conversations about what is going on in the world of IndyCar. I have a co-worker in my office (Randy) that is a NASCAR fan, but he has at least started following IndyCar more and more since I arrived there a few years ago.
Given that a lot of the US, including Nashville, has been in a winter wonderland for the last few days, I thought it would be appropriate to stretch a little bit more out of Christmas before putting it away for good. It got down to 1º F yesterday in Nashville, but based on what I’ve heard and seen from Indianapolis – that was downright balmy. Hopefully, we can all enjoy some relative warmth this weekend before experiencing another snowmageddon this winter. So for those that were expecting a hard-hitting post about IndyCar, please forgive this wintertime "puff-piece".
Most that know me know how much I detest change. However, there has been a cultural change over the last decade that doesn’t bother me a bit. The practice of sending Christmas cards through the mail has all but evaporated. The last time I sent out Christmas cards was in 2001. To spend money on a card and excessive postage, plus the trouble of signing them addressing the envelope, sealing them up and driving the stack to the post office is just a little too much – especially at this time of year.