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Monday, January 22, 2007

Its like Deja Vu all over again

Sometimes you read or hear quotes from drivers and you just have to laugh at what they are saying or attempting to say. It is probably a safe bet that most drivers are guilty of what I call 'generic cliche driver speak', where in two or three sentence quotes, there is mention of the 'hard working team, the sponsor, how great the car was', yada yada yada.

But it is becoming more and more clear that some drivers can get so caught up in their generic driver speak, that they can't keep their stories straight. A few months ago I pointed out the plethora of discrepancies in the "Southern Gentleman's" public quotes concerning him leaving RYR in favor of Evernham Motorsports.

Many of the Sadler apologist or defenders claimed that these discrepancies were needed in order to protect the 'plan' of action. Make all the excuses you like, but the bottom line is that the "Southern Gentleman" has so many different story lines in his driver's speak, that he sometimes confuses them from year to year.

The latest such faux pas came from his one of his Pre-season Thunder quotes from Daytona this past week.

"Sadler said he weighed 211 pounds in 1999 and had not been below that until now. Sadler weighs 210 pounds. He says he's lost 10 pounds since last year's season finale at Homestead and wants to lose another 10 pounds before this season begins."

Translation: 210 pounds is the lightest Sadler has weighed since 1999 and at the end of last season he weighed around 220 pounds.

Now flashback just one year ago to quotes from Pre-season Thunder of 2006.

"My new crew chief made a deal with me that he wanted me at 200 pounds when I came here for the Daytona 500," he said, "and I was 212 pounds when I left Homestead -- and I've already lost 11 pounds."

Translation: at the beginning of the '06 season, Sadler weighed 201 pounds.

It is like Deja Vu all over again! Other than the obvious problem of recycled stories from year to year, some one needs to remind the "Southern Gentleman" of simple math or how to read a bathroom scale. Just how gullible and forgetful does he think Nascar fans are? Or has he fallen into the trap of 'just tell them what they want to hear', instead of the truth.

One can go back 10 to 20 years and see the driver's speak in full force, but I guess some are just better at keeping their stories straight than others.


Snafam said...

Hmmmm.... I just googled 'Sadler weight' and all of the stats on the news sites state 195 lbs.

Gvav1 said...

As Bill Clinton said..."it depends on what IS is"!