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They get this one rightPosted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 12:34 AM
From Tim Richmond's health to Jeremy Mayfield's drug problem, NASCAR has a long history of not handling things well.
I feel like any major sports entity should have a guy -- he doesn't even have to be a lawyer -- to give his recommendation on whether a decision is in the best interest in the fans' eyes. NASCAR apparently doesn't have one.
And if the NFL does, he totally went to sleep on this whole lockout thing.
However, year after year, NASCAR gets one decision absolutely, 100 percent correct when they don't race on Mother's Day. Whether it has meant taking the weekend off or racing on Saturday, I don't recall there ever having been a Winston/Nextel/Sprint Cup race on mom's big day.
This is altogether right. Father's Day is a day for sports because that's what dads want. Give us the final day of the U.S. Open, and NBA Finals game, NASCAR and a full slate of MLB games and then just let us fall asleep on the coach, waking every little bit to flip through the channel again.
It's not like that on mom's day, though. Most mothers I know could not care less about sports. The only possible outcome could be a careless husband or son getting too into the games and ruining the day.
Instead, Major League Baseball should have all its weekend series run Thursday through Saturday on that week, and the NHL and NBA should give all their series a day off. (It's not like the NBA is a stranger to unnecessarily long breaks between playoff games.)
My finger is normally on the pulse of what's going on in the sports world, but on Sunday I intentionally tuned out. I didn't want to risk messing up Nicole's first Mother's Day with a game I figured the Reds were bound to blow anyway.
Instead, I concentrated on fixing two meals (ordering a third), taking care of the little man and just trying to keep her relaxed. I think it worked -- she seemed to enjoy herself.
Then at the end of the day, I found a few moments to check scores and watch highlights, so no harm was done. And what do you know? The Reds shut out the Cubs and Kobe, Phil and all the rest of the jerks from Hollywood are out of the playoffs. Maybe I should tune out more often.
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Jared Jernagan is a 2003 graduate of Wabash College and has been in journalism since 2005.