ESPN is broadcasting NASCAR
this year, so they have coverage on shows where the hosts don't have a lot of knowledge about the sport (yeah, I said sport). Usually, it's a highlight on sportscenter
or a 1 minute segment on PTI
, but I listened to a 25 minute podcast by the Sports Guy
w/ Tony Stewart that obviously was not his idea. He prepared a lot of questions and some of them were even related to racing, but someone should have asked the Sports Guy a few questions before they let him interview Stewart. I am that someone. Feel free to play along.
1) What company sponsors Tony Stewart's car?
2) Who is the car owner?
Maybe these aren't the most important questions, but Bill Simmons was under the impression that Stewart drove the #33 Old Spice car. While he has driven that car a few times in the Busch series, Home Depot
spends something like $15+ million to sponsor him every week. Also, since Stewart is from Indiana, Simmons wanted to know if he likes the Colts. While he said yes, nothing was ever mentioned that the guy who owns the #20 Home Depot car is the Hall of Fame coach
of the Washington Redskins.
I think this podcast proved 3 things. First, ESPN is cramming NASCAR
down its employees throats even more than Arena Football. Second, Bill Simmons can fit his interview/writing style into any template (which is good if you like him but your interests aren't quite in line w/ his). Third, Tony Stewart can be a heck of a nice guy since he didn't mention the gaping holes in his interviewer's research for the entire 2o minute interview. I was already aware of the first two things, but I had no idea Stewart could be so gracious. I don't know if that makes me like him more or less.