Most NASCAR fans know Tony Stewart and the “Media” seem to have their…shall we say… moments. Last Friday before Bristol was no exception, if you are curious you can go here to read some of Tony’s media from Bristol. I missed part of Tony’s media because I was working. I did watch some of it (ie- the last half of it) and the part I couldn’t watch I did I pay attention to what the “media” were tweeting during his turn in the media center…practically as soon as he sat down certain media members were shooting off tweets about how Stewart was in a typical mood and it wasn’t fun. Some of the tweets were what I considered downright nasty. I thought about shooting off a quickie blog- calling out some of these people directly. I thought twice because I was in a foul mood myself on Friday and whilst I recognized this in myself- it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t myself have bitten the head off the first person to cross me (that wasn’t a customer of course). As a matter of fact- I did bite someone’s head off on the way home, figuratively of course- on the phone and yes I was hands free so I was legal, and no I won’t give you details but I will tell you that it wasn’t one of my finest moments as a human. But you know what that is what I am, a human. I would bet my last dollar that Tony Stewart is a human too (ok so I did interview him and didn’t see any plugs or cords so I might be hedging my bet a bit). I have lived life long enough to know that humans can have bad days and bad moods. Maybe work didn’t go so great. Maybe they got into an arguement with a loved one. Maybe there is some sort of stressor on them right now. Maybe they just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. In my case- it was a little bit of the work thing mixed with the wrong side of the bed thing with a side of a headache. My point is humans have bad days and Tony Stewart is, gasp, human. I mean seriously you wouldn’t think this would be much of a newsflash. Apparently it is something that “media” doesn’t understand because a day or two AFTER Bristol, the same thing happened to Kevin Harvick. I didn’t personally Kevin’s media – I think it was relating to the Charlotte test of the new spoilers. But I did see the articles quickly posted after claiming Harvick must have thought he was Stewart in the media center because he was surly instead of a shiny, happy Harvick.
Like I mentioned earlier- my first reaction when I read the negative tweets was to fire off a blog post calling out certain media members. I made myself promise to wait because I don’t like to post something and then feel guilty to the point that I want to change it or take it down. I have that luxury of time. It’s my blog. I can choose to hit publish or not. The drivers are sitting there in the media center and they do not have that. What comes out of their mouth comes out. They are human. They are prone to have bad days just like me. Maybe Tony’s head was still on his practice speeds (they WERE kind of low). Maybe Kevin woke up on the wrong side of the bed. My point is this…they are human- so does the media have to take their human moments and shade it with color commentary? So they weren’t all bubbles and rainbows one day. I bet they (as in the media0 aren’t always bubbles and rainbows either. Can’t they cut someone having a bad day a break?
I bring this up because I know today there will be an onslaught of media today. I know Tony will probably be there. I don’t remember if Kevin will be. I just think that some people need to understand that no matter if it is Kevin Harvick or Clint Bowyer or Jimmie Joshnson – they are all human (although now that I think about it? Jimmie might not be) and they too might be having a bad day. Can’t you cut a guy a break.