Tuesday, November 18, 2008

NASCAR trumps Steelers

Bob and I used to live in East Tennessee -- just down the road from the Bristol Motor Speedway. Since we worked at a television station and were in the land of NASCAR, I absorbed quite a bit of knowledge about the sport and its athletes by osmosis.

I distinctly remember talking drivers with my grandfather once and my mom looking at me with a surprised, this-is-not-my-daughter look on her face.

Once we left the land of NASCAR, I went back to my usual self, only watching football and whining while watching baseball with Bob.

It's not that I have too much against car racing, but if watching men stand around a diamond and only sometimes run to a base bores me, then watching cars zoom around a circle is definitely not my idea of entertainment.

As for the wrecks, they just upset me. I can't enjoy that.

Now that I'm a mom, my dislike of NASCAR has grown. And I could only imagine how cool racing would seem to my son.

To prevent dreams of becoming the next Jimmie Johnson, I've done my best to shield my car-loving sweetie from NASCAR.

On Sunday, Little Elvis was not at all interested in the Steelers/Chargers match-up, so he kept changing the channels. Guess what he landed on?
Yep, he found a NASCAR race, and was immediately intrigued. He would point, and dance and was too thrilled with this show.

Every time they cut away to the announcers, he would change the channels in an attempt to find the cars.

Poor Daddy had a devil of a time watching his Steelers squeak by with a win. We're pretty sure it was an exciting game. We only got to see 2-3 second bits of it between channel changes.

I'm pretty sure that if my Colts had been televised, Little Elvis wouldn't have gone channel surfing... right?


Blogger lisa said...

Yet another thing we having in common! Well, the feeling toward Nascar and baseball anyway. My little one hasn’t really expressed such a strong feeling for cars yet. Now singing and dancing is another matter. He quite enjoys singing into his thumb.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

That is cute!

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Burp Cloth Babe said...

It is funny how little guys love that stuff without any prior teaching! How do they know to love trucks, cars, etc?

It is very cute, though!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Oh no! Don't teach him to use the remote - it's too early!!

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just seeing this touched on Nascar my eyes got all blury and I could not focus on what it was saying. ;)

Interesting how boys tend to love cars and stuff like that. M could care less.

2:01 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

i'm with ya.
i taught school for 7 years across the street from Atlanta Motor Speedway--- and could care less!

how people can set up their campers for there a WEEK in advance, go to the expensive race, get sunburn & watch 100 cars zoom by 1000 times.... beyond me!

tho' my in-laws have recently found interest and came down in october for the race. at least it let us get out of the house while they babysat.

maybe by the time racing comes back little elvis will have forgotten allllll about it!

5:24 PM  

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