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FIA: Stop Smoking the Crackpipe

FIA President Max Mosley

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Max Mosley and his hooligans at the FIA seriously need to stop hiring hookers for Nazi camp re-enacting sexcapades and dreams of bringing back F3000. There are plenty of things that the global motorsports stage needs without all this drama queen BS that Max is bringing to the forefront.

One of the more ridiculous suggestions by the FIA is standardization of Formula 1 engines beginning in 2010. In 2008, it was a standard ECU (made by McLaren, no less), banning of traction control (which created more accidents than ever, in this author’s opinion) and a mandate 4-race lifecycle for transmissions. Sure, it may have created a slighly better experience for spectators (due to all the mishaps – recall Timo Glock’s off road excursions this year, including that spectacular off at Adelaide in Australia?). Mandating a standardized engine for F1 means that it’s becoming a spec series. And spec series racing is BORING at best. Let’s consider all the spec series racing around the globe:

  • IRL: okay at times, but boring regardless
  • Champ Car World Series: no longer around
  • Speedcar Series: eh, Europe-based stock car racing; full of F1’s has beens = BORING
  • A1GP: the concept is novel, but boring; who the hell watches A1GP?
  • GP2 / F3: sure, it’s the ladder series to F1, but agan… BORING

Perhaps Max is trying to appease the little teams that feel left out of the “race,” so to speak. Okay, so who are the current players in Formula 1?

  • Scuderia Ferrari F1 – constructor / engine maker / car manufacturer
  • McLaren Mercedes – constructor / engine maker (Mercedes via Ilmor) / car manufacturer (Mercedes)
  • Toyota F1 – constructor / engine maker / car manufacturer
  • Honda F1 – constructor / engine maker / car manufacturer
  • Renault F1 – constructor / engine maker / car manufacturer
  • BMW Sauber F1 – constructor / engine maker / car manufacturer
  • Red Bull Racing – constructor / engine supplied by Renault
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso – not really a constructor considering they get everything from Red Bull and the engine is supplied by Ferrari
  • Williams Toyota F1 – constructor / engine supplied by Toyota
  • Team Force India F1 – constructor / engine supplied by McLaren / Mercedes for the 2009 season

So, 60% of the current teams in F1 are manufacturers in the truest sense of the word. And the rest seem more than content with being customer teams, sourcing their engines from one of the big manufacturers. And obviously by being able to sell engines to customer teams, the manufacturers can reduce their own development and production costs. The system isn’t broken so why fix it?

So tell us, Mr. Mosley. You keep referring to cost reduction as the primary reason for standardizing engines, but the manufacturers are threatening to leave F1 if it happens. So if the teams are willing to bear the cost of development, manufacturing, testing, etc. of these gorgeous 2.4L V8 engines, who are you to stop them? And if standardized engines become the norm, I predict we’ll see the return of the late 80s and early 90s, when you had shitty teams with no money (Fondmetal, Eurobrun, Leyton House, Larrousse, etc.) trying to enter F1. There won’t be enough space on the grid for all these useless teams so we’ll see the return of pre-qualifying. We don’t need that for F1.

Max. Just leave it alone.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Formula 1, Motorsports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brothers in the NBA?

I once read that there are more than 375,000 Varsity level high school basketball players in any given year, of which, less than 600 are offered scholarships to play Division I basketball. One could only imagine the rarity of a proud parent, being able to watch their child beat the odds and land a lucrative NBA contract. How about more than one?

Since Dr. James Naismith started throwing a round ball into the peach basket, we could look back and literally count the number of brother tandems to have played in the NBA on our fingers & toes…at least those worth mentioning. I have compiled a list of the Top10 brother tandems in NBA History:

Mr. Basketball

Mr. Basketball

10. George & Ed Mikan: Before there was Wilt or Shaq, there was George, who brought the Laker franchise there very first NBA championship. Little brother Ed, pitched in a modest 6.7 PPG and 5.5 REB over 300 or so games.

9. Jim & John Paxson: We all remember John Paxson draining a 3 to beat Phoenix in the closing seconds of the ’93 championship, but did you know older brother Jim had more than double the career points amassing over 11,000 with Portland & Boston?

8. Brent & Mark Price: Too small, too slow & too deliberate, Mark ended his career as the greatest Free-Throw shooter in NBA history. Brent, not nearly the success, had one fine 10.0 PPG and 5.1 AST season with Washington.

7. Jon, Brent & Drew Barry: The only trio of brothers to make the list, none could match the success of Father Rick’s, but all managed to have enough success to make the list. Brent was the first, and still only, “white guy” to win the NBA slam-dunk championship

6. Albert & Bernard King: Bernard established himself early as one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by shattering all NJ Nets records in his rookie year. With a quick release jumper, Bernard holds the torch in the King family, although Albert threw in 12.1 a game over 9 seasons.

5. Chuck & Wesley Person: The Person combo drained a combined 2370 3-Pointers over the tenure in the NBA, led by The Rifleman, Chuck.

4. Horace & Harvey Grant: By raw stats, this duo may be high on the list, but with Ho’ Grant’s 6 NBA Finals appearances, 4 Rings, and 4 All-NBA Defensive accolades, coupled with Harvey’s modest run of 3 18+ PPG seasons with Washington, they are well-deserving of the 4 spot.

3. Dick & Tom Van Arsdale: Never heard of them? Well, having dominated this list in scoring (except for #1 of course) , Dick & Tom knocked down a combined 29,311 points over there combined careers.

Human Highlight Film

Human Highlight Film

2. Gus & Ray Williams: Although my heart wants to put Gus, and his 1979-1980 championship ring from my ex-Seattle Supersonics at #1, Little brother Ray had an all too short run of success with the NY Knickerbockers.

1. Dominique & Gerald Wilkins: Who could argue, the “Human Highlight Film” and little brother Gerald. 38,404 combined points makes Mom & Dad Wilkins the NBA’s all-time leaders in points scored by their sons. (Sorry Mr. and Mrs. Alcindor, 38,387)

Honorable Mention: Calvin & Kenny Natt, George & Derrick Gervin, Purvis & Eugene Short, Rodney & Scooter McCray, Charles & Ed O’Bannon, and Brooke & Robin Lopez.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Save a Gun – Pack a Knife

By now we all know Plaxico, aka Plaxident and fka Plexiglass, Burress is a complete fool.  Carrying a gun to the club and then busting a cap in yourself qualifies as one of the dumbest moves in the annals of dumb moves, but the FlyMaster can’t fault Plax for packing.  He just happened to pack the wrong weapon of choice.   What Plaxident needed wasn’t a glock or a concealed .22.  That’s for chumps.  If you want to keep it real carry a Bowie knife.

Save a Gun - Pack a Knife

Save a Gun - Pack a Knife

A knife you say?  Yes.  A knife.  A really big knife.  Guns discharge randomly and can harm anyone and everyone around.  How many random knife discharges have you ever encountered.  None.  Sure, you might not be admitted to the club with a knife strapped to your leg, but it’s a give and take world.  Any fool can hide a gun, turn it sideways, and reinact Tupac’s death, but sporting a knife means commitment, intent, and overall 19th century ruggedness.  Only a well trained posse of Shaolin Monks would dare mess with a man rocking a dagger of death.  The knife keeps it personal, and personal attention is what it’s all about.

So, all idiotic wannabe G’d up athletes take heed.  Save your bullets, get a knife (preferably 8-12 inch blade), grow a suspiciously ominous mustache, and guaranteed nobody will mess with you.  Then you can return to sipping on sizurp, making it rain, and smacking hos et al.  Got to go sharpen my bowie, my samurai sword, and my ninja stars.

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL, Stupid Athletes | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knicks Lead the NBA

It’s no surprise that the New York Knickerbockers, also known to the un-savvy as the Knicks, have been crowned the most valuable team in the NBA for the fourth straight year. The Knicks are worth $613 million, close to $35 million above its second place followers, The Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams are a given to me solely because of their history and demographic market size.

However two teams that showed the most value change are the Portland Trail Blazers, worth $307 million and the defending champs, the Boston Celtics, worth $447 million. You would think that with Paul Allen as your owner, you’d have a higher net worth. I guess Oden is making a bigger impact than Allen ever will. And what about the Celtics? With so many rings that you need four hands to put them all on, the Celtics have fallen to the likes of the Cavs, who rank fifth and are worth $477 million.

Any guesses who third and fourth are?

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

New York Knics

New York Knics

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Whiner?

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It’s one thing when a driver exits the stage with some humility. It’s another when they bitch and whine about what happened in the past. Last week, current Honda F1 and former Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver Rubens Barrichello spoke ill of his former employer and teammate. Now, everything in retrospect is 20/20 but you can’t all of a sudden put forth accusations / statements about how he was treated unfairly at Ferrari. Come on, Rubens. You must have known that Michael Schumacher’s ambitions were going to be put ahead of yours. You must have known that the team’s ambitons were going to be put ahead of yours.

Sure, Rubens is a capable driver and his record is reflective of his skills. Although he has never won the driver’s title, he has a number of race wins and fine standings in the driver’s championships over the years. His record far exceeds the accomplishments of most current and past F1 drivers. It’s the stuff of dreams.

With his Honda F1 seat in question, perhaps this was his way of lashing out. Perhaps he’s going through a mid life crisis. Who knows. But if Rubens is the classy driver that everyone believes he is, then it would do much good to bow out gracefully. And even though he has said that he will not race in any other series if he cannot retain an F1 seat, perhaps putting the Indy Racing League in his future sights would be a good career move. The IRL needs some fresh talent from the continent and I’m sure Honda would more than welcome him with open arms.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Formula 1, Motorsports | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LA Auto Show Overshadowed by Big 3 Collapse

In past years, consumers used to love visiting auto shows because they could envision themselves in roadsters, racing the streets as if they were competing in Cruisin’ USA. Additionally, automakers were known to include James Bond style technology in each vehicle. This year however, none of that was on anyone’s mind as the first big auto showcase took place in Los Angeles. The only two things consumers pondered were longevity of vehicles and how green-friendly they will be. Automakers on the other hand, namely the Big 3, were more focused on layoffs than pitching cars. The challenge was to showcase efficient vehicles to consumers who don’t want to buy from failing automakers.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment