Monday, June 4, 2012

Crowning the Zero

Yesterday I was way too excited about the Hero of the Week to focus on bashing any ill-advised sports figures. To be honest, I am going to be all warm and fuzzy on the inside for some time due to Santana's amazing performance on Friday night. I just see Johan's face, and I can hear his "Yeah baby! Believe it!" in my head, and I smile from ear to ear.

But I can't let this feel-good story prevent me from calling out the losers who just don't get it. That is why today I am going to name the Zero of the Week, which happens to be the biggest jerk in NASCAR.

This week's Zero:

Kurt Busch

I am not sure if it is Kurt's intention to wind up racing late models again for $3000 to win, but he seems to be playing it that way. NASCAR is not a sport with a minor league, or a d-league for that matter; you're either in it, or your not. 
Owners, sponsors, and the media can only be patient for so long. A driver with blatant anger management issues and a total disregard for consequences is not going to be a NASCAR driver for much longer. 
Kurt Bush's drama has existed for years, dating back to a 2005 confrontation with Phoenix police after being pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving.
Last year, many thought Busch reached his ultimate low, verbally abusing members of the media, ultimately resulting in an artificial apology video and his imminent departure from Penske racing. 
But I will argue that was not Kurt's low. This is. 
Kurt, you are a grown man. Grown men learn from the mistakes they made when they were younger. They don't make excuses. They don't throw tantrums on a monthly basis. They don't try to fight members of the media who are just doing their job. And they definitely don't act as if they are bigger than NASCAR. Grown men show up to work and get the job done. 
Kurt, I am an eternal optimist, but you are going to be out of the job you have dreamed of since the first time you raced Las Vegas Speedway Park. And you have no one to blame but yourself.  

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