Tony Stewart Goes Off On ESPN's NASCAR Coverage

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tony Stewart won the Brickyard 400 this past Sunday and did so in front of the first ESPN audience in quite awhile. Never one to back away from a fight, Stewart took the network, and his new critics, head on...

And when Stewart's feeling swell, no one is safe — even a new broadcast partner. On the day Cup returned to ESPN for the first time since 2000, Stewart called out the network for criticizing him after he said he planned to celebrate Chicagoland with a case of Schlitz.

"I don't want anybody from ESPN talking about how irresponsible I am," he said. "Heaven forbid you actually have fun in life."
I guess that would be a dig at anyone who critiques a Sport. And while it is a valid point....it's just the way things are. It comes with the territory of being involved in a Sport or even being in the spotlight at all. ESPN is the leader of critiquing, and while Tony may not like it....he's going to have to learn to live with it. Pretty much how ESPN is going to have to live with blogs.

P.S.- I still think it's hilarious that Tony is the only racer who won't go on Jim Rome's show. If anyone has more info on this let me know.....I'd like to hear the story.

Temperatures, Stewart on patented midsummer rise (USA Today)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:17 AM

7 Comments:

He's just jealous that Junior is more "now" than him.

Of course, unlike Junior, Tony Stewart actually wins races and the Nextel Cup. Twice.

THAT'S what he should complain about.

Commish said...
Jul 31, 2007, 12:28:00 PM  

I'll tell you what Double A, I caught the last half hour of coverage on ESPN, and I'll tell you what, that was some of the WORST announcing ever, I'll tell you what. I'll tell you what, Rusty Wallace is a complete moron. I'll tell you what, there would be a huge wreck on the track and he wouldn't break off his verbal diarrhea to comment about it, said that Montoya had never driven at Indy before (he won the goddam Indy 500), added a "I'll tell you what" to every single comment.

A tour de force of awfulness.

Holy crap. I'll tell you what, why was Brad Daugherty involved? He said absolutely nothing.

hollywood wags said...
Jul 31, 2007, 2:14:00 PM  

The ESPN Nascar A-Team has been awful since the start of the Busch season. Punch is a boring play-by-play guy and Wallace talks to the audience like we're children.

Also, anyone else notice how much they kept hyping the airflow on the cars just because they had that awful Fox/NHL-esque Draft track stuff?

Justin Williams said...
Jul 31, 2007, 2:39:00 PM  

Hey hillwilliams, NASCAR ain't a sport.

GMoney said...
Jul 31, 2007, 4:11:00 PM  

NASCAR on ESPN sucks! Fox does the best job covering NASCAR. The coverage on ESPN stinks, too many comercials, too many past race film clips, poor choice of commentators. I want NASCAR on FOX all season long.

Bob Smith said...
Aug 5, 2007, 8:19:00 PM  

i love watching nascar but this espn stuff is killing me omg. they are bad. FOX, TNT and NBC did a much better job. i'm watching right now and the tv is on mute. why are they on dale jr and jaun pablos balls.

Anonymous said...
Sep 2, 2007, 8:32:00 PM  

Why not give some coverage to the up and coming racers, Dave Stremme, Reed Sorenson and others.
ESPN commentors need to go back to school on event coverage. You don't even know they are on the track. Seems like ESPN jumps on Tony, Dale constantly. I would like to see one of the guys go interview Theresa Earnhardt, and give Dale a break, they must be lacking a set of balls.All in all
ESPN is the worst. We need
boogity, boogity back.

Anonymous said...
Sep 3, 2007, 8:42:00 AM  

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