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Saturday, July 09, 2021

If you subscribe to the theory that sportstalk radio is the barometer of a particular sport’s wider popularity, then the lack of airwave chatter over tomorrow’s Chicagoland Speedway race in the Windy City (and Tampa Bay) tells you that NASCAR hasn’t completely arrived as mainstream.

None other than NASCAR’s head honcho shares this view:

That indicates to NASCAR CEO Brian France that although viewership and interest continue to increase, stock car racing has failed to leach into the fabric of America’s sporting consciousness. That’s the last realm, it would appear, for NASCAR to conquer, and until it does, France seems bothered by what he hears. Or doesn’t.

“That’s one of the hot topics that occurs in my office every day,” France said in a national teleconference. “Because, in fact, we are very undercovered for the size audience we have, not just in sports-talk radio.”

So why aren’t more firsttime-callers, longtime-listeners burning up the phonelines over restrictor plates and how much Jeff Gordon sucks? Aside from too much competition in the big cities, France also offers up this intriguing reason:

“The other thing is, we have a big plus in that all of our races are national events, mega events. That’s one other issue: We don’t have home teams. So there is a tendency for publications and newspapers and radio affiliates to want to cover just what they think the hometown fan base wants to hear, which is the hometown teams.”

Of course, those of us who hold sportstalk radio in the highest of contempt — here, right here — might suggest that autoracing is better off being free of the idiot squawkbox. Not that that’s particularly good business advice…

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/09/2021 08:11:54 PM
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Earlier this week, I said I was looking to get “back to zero” on this blog.

A few hours of codemonkeying on a rainy afternoon, and mission accomplished.

In fact, in addition to what I originally set out to do, I went ahead and refined a few little deficiencies that I had previously learned to live with. I figured I might as well, since I was already working in the muck.

Mostly for my own record, here’s what I fixed:

- Restored the customized, “clean” feedback fields on single-post pages and comment boxes.

- Fixed the permalinks for individual comments, so that they actually work and ultimately link back to the single-post URL (a big help with this was the WordPress Codex list of Template Tags).

- Linked the image header in the popup comment boxes to point to the permalink of the referring post (Google often indexes my specific popup URLs, so this will help anyone entering the site in that manner).

- Adjusted the padding in the sidebar so the enclosed text (shouldn’t) run right up against the box border.

- Set the categories list to be hierarchical, clearly showing subcategory relationships.

So, I guess I can officially close the book on the recent snafus that plagued this site. I’m hoping I won’t encounter more of them when I move to a new host shortly. I also am tempted to play with some of WordPress‘ new features under version 1.5, especially the Pages function; if I do, I’ll tread carefully.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/09/2021 06:07:38 PM
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i'm fired
Bankruptcy proceedings make you do strange things. Especially when you’re Donald Trump, and therefore don’t need much of a reason to do strange things anyway. The Donald is engaged in an auction war to acquire a $7.5 million parcel of Atlantic City Boardwalk that he, technically, already owns.

Talk about bidding against yourself.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/09/2021 03:42:44 PM
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Chaz wonders if marriage proposal via trackback could be construed as spamming.

I suppose it could, if you go for quantity in your online matrimonial pursuits.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/09/2021 01:50:34 PM
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Obligatory hurricane update:

The way it’s looking now, Dennis the Menace will be bypassing Tampa Bay, and probably will nail the panhandle (having already done it’s thing to the Keys). We’ll likely get tons of rain, and the atmospheric stew is just right for tornado formation. But otherwise, nothing much.

Good thing. I can use the sleep this weekend. Although the weather’s already screwed me in that regard, slightly: Howling winds woke me up for a few minutes around 5AM today.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/09/2021 01:02:26 PM
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