I was accused this week of writing "tripe," and while I am not unused to such accusations, I do believe that folks need to be more realistic with their insults. Like Inigo Montoya said, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
So, as a public service, here is the definition of "tripe":
Tripe (from French tripe) is a type of edible offal from the stomachs of various farm animals.
Beef tripe is usually made from only the first three chambers of a cow's stomach: the rumen (blanket/flat/smooth tripe), the reticulum (honeycomb and pocket tripe), and the omasum (book/bible/leaf tripe). Abomasum (reed) tripe is seen much less frequently, owing to its glandular tissue content.
Tripe is also produced from sheep, goats, pigs and deer. Sometimes, when it is bright pink, it is goat skin.
Unwashed (or "green") tripe includes some of the stomach's last content, giving it an unpleasant odor and causing it to be considered unfit for human consumption. However, this content is desirable to dogs and many other carnivores and is often used in pet food. Though it is called "green" because it has a high chlorophyll content, in reality it is often greyish brown as a result of other undigested compounds.
Now, maybe I'm just being too literal here, but from the description above it'd be pretty amazing if I could conjure tripe into existence simply by using my computer keyboard. And if I were capable of it, I'm fairly certain that Sarah McLachlan would show up on my doorstep and sing moon-eyed, soulful guilt trip songs at me until I stopped.
Oh, hey, links after the jump too. Didn't want to forget that part.
Travis Pastrana, Welcome to IndyCar! [15 Days in May]
There's nothing like a good pastrana and rye sammich. What? That's pastrami? Well, what the heck have I been eating lately, then? Hmm. I could be in for some "extreme" food poisoning. Is there an X Game for projectile barfing?
A Couple Of Thoughts On Versus IndyCar Coverage [IndyCar Advocate]
It is to Zach's - and VERSUS' - credit that this "couple of thoughts" does not include the phrases "INCOMPETENT JACKWAGONS," "WOULD RATHER WATCH PAINT DRY," or "CHRIS BERMAN IS OVERRATED." Old habits die hard, you know.
RACER2RACER: Bryan Herta talks to Al Unser Jr. [Racer.com]
This article would have been very, very different if Bryan Herta Autosport had been racing at Toronto, I think. Then again, it probably would have been published elsewhere. Like TMZ.
COUNTERPOINT: Should RB listen to fans re: schedule? [More Front Wing]
The answer to this question really depends on what group of fans you're talking about. If you are talking about the fans at the track, you could make an argument either way. If you're talking about fans on the Internet message boards... NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO HELL NO NO NO ZOMGWTFBBQ NO NO ARE YOU INSANE NO NO NO NO!!!!!!11!1!1
Bad Taste Suddenly Runs Amok At IMS [Oilpressure]
It's hard to dismiss George's gripes about the new 2012 Indianapolis 500 logo as "grumpy old man syndrome" (although I do believe he was whittling while writing this - DAMN YOUR WOOD SHAVINGS, GEORGE!) after seeing Donald Trump as a pace car driver and a Weezer-themed Zoolander commercial on race broadcasts. There's some serious WTF in there, y'know?
INDYCAR – $5Million Contenders…So Far [Open Paddock]
Randy Bernard wants it clear that NOBODY HAS MADE IT OFFICIAL YET with regards to the pretenders for IndyCar's $5 million
insurance payoutprize money at the season-ender in Vegas. Because, really, what's the point to spending months before the event MARKETING THE CRAP OUT OF THE GIMMICK when you can just surprise everyone the night before?
Notes from the 2011 IndyCar Race in Edmonton [pressdog]
Pressdog does it right - he writes up his snark-filled recaps of races AFTER they're over, whereas I tend to do them as they happen. Probably explains why he has a harem of Women of Pressdogtm, three billion Twitter followers, and the ear of everyone who matters in IndyCar, while I have 10 people show up for the EMOTICONIC chats. [gollum'd]NOT JEALOUS, THOUGH.[/gollum'd]
Tensions Ease Between Title Contenders [SPEED/Pruett]
Apparently, that "wry eye contact" shared between Will Power and Dario Franchitti at Edmonton was enough to completely thaw the cold war brewing between them after Toronto. DAMN. Maybe we should try using that in other unsolvable conflicts, like Democrats versus Republicans, the Middle East, or hockey traditionalists versus Sun Belt franchises.