If ignorance is indeed bliss, Orlando Sentinel sportswriter David Whitley is surely the happiest man in America.
In today's Sentinel, Whitley has penned a commentary entitled, "NASCAR Drivers Don't Qualify As Being Athletes." In it, he equates NASCAR racers to short-order cooks at your local Waffle House, whose primary skill is being able to block out distractions and concentrate in a hot environment.
"(NASCAR) drivers are athletes...only if you think it's athletic to make a Grilled Texas Bacon Double Patty Melt Plate," he wrote. "Preparing it requires stamina, strength, concentration and guts. Sounds a lot like driving, no?"
"I admire any professional driver," said Whitley. "But if that skill set makes him or her an athlete, so are these people: Poker players. Transplant surgeons. New York City taxi drivers. Hairdressers."
It must have been a slow news day at the Sentinel today. Either that, or Mr. Whitley thought he'd gain a little national attention by putting his ignorance and arrogance on public display. Most people aren't so anxious to display their stupidity, but Whitley apparently has no problem with it.
Feel free to read David Whitley's entire column HERE. Fair warning, though, it'll make your blood boil. If you'd care to share your thoughts with him, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. David Whitley will join us live on Sirius Speedway, Tuesday at 4 pm ET.