How To Destroy A Reputation
You always hate to see someone’s credibility destroyed. Unfortunately, that is what happened this past weekend when longtime commenter to this, David Zehr, lowered himself to an all-time low. In a moment of weakness, he allowed himself to sit down for an episode of One Take Only – the video-blog of this site that is uncut and unrehearsed. We just sit down, start the camera rolling and start talking.
For more than three years, John McLallen and I have been taping these episodes of two old goats sitting down for fifteen minutes of bench racing. No one ever dared to allow themselves to be seen on camera with us – until now.
Many of you know David Zehr as “DZ – groundedeffects” with the nose of the “yellow Submarine” – the first car to utilize ground-effects, as his avatar. David has always been one to have well thought-out comments and is very respected in the IndyCar blogging community for his blog Grounded Effects. He rarely posts anymore, but when he does, it’s always a good read.
When I saw him at Indianapolis this past May, he told me he would be here in Nashville this weekend. I put him on the spot by suggesting he join us on One Take Only. I’m sure his first thought was to run, but he politely said he would. As the time grew closer, I held him to it. He was gracious enough to drive out to the house on Saturday morning and put his reputation on the line, so that we could tape it. Of course, John overslept and had to be called. I woke him up, asking him where he was. What grown man in his late fifties sleeps in until 11:00? That might explain a few of his lapses in concentration.
But he finally showed up and the three of us sat down for an historic episode – out first guest. We discussed the championship, the disappointments of the 2014 season and looked ahead to 2015.
Again – a big “Thank you” goes out to David, for abandoning his wife for a couple of hours to drive out and risk his future credibility by joining us. It was good to have an intelligent voice on there, for once. We hope we haven’t damaged your reputation beyond repair.
And to the many of those that despise these videos – come back Wednesday, for a more rational offseason discussion pertaining to the Verizon IndyCar Series.