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Anointings by reportings

May 12, 2008 - Paul Giannamore
Sometimes, we media types deserve the bashings we get.

For instance, over the weekend, I managed to miss Indy 500 Pole Day qualifying. No problem. Go to the Internet, methought.

Except every story led with the fact that Danica Patrick, the first woman to win an Indy car race, was fastest qualifier for 34 minutes before she got knocked off the pole.

And after reading down and down and through the stories four or five times, I think Scott Dixon actually got the pole. Danica qualified in the middle of the second row. And Marco Andretti had a second shot at qualifying that the writer thought should have gone to his teammate, Danica Patrick.

Oh, did we mention that Danica ran over a pit crew chief for another team Friday and the guy has a skull fracture and spent the weekend in the hospital? And that Danica cried a lot?

When Ricky Rudd squashed one of Bill Elliott's crew members several years ago, nobody asked Ricky to cry on camera.

Which got me to thinking. Someone posited the concept to me the othert day that if Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's percentages for victory in Iowa's caucuses were added together, there was still more than 50 percent of the people who chose someone else.

But nobody bothered adding up those "other" percentages, favoring the Barack-Hillary showdown that has been the favorite national media horserace except when they euthanized that filly after the Kentucky Derby.

So remember. Danica Patrick didn't win the pole. And Barack and Hillary together really couldn't win Iowa.

You read it here first.


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