|Dan Wheldon, after winning 2011 Indy 500, kissing the bricks with 2-year old son Sebastian|
Wheldon won in Iowa back in 2008 and, though he didn't race in this past year's Iowa Indy Corn 250, was at the event doing reporting for TV. A lot of people at WHO and other media outlets across town are pretty shaken up over this. The IndyCar drivers are some of the friendliest and most fun professionals we get to talk to. Frankly I'm shocked there weren't more serious injuries after that wreck.
I'm sure the debate over safety will be brought up. IndyCar is one of the safer racing circuits out there by and large. If Wheldon's car doesn't get flipped he probably walks away. Wouldn't be shocked if changes are made to slow down the cars a bit (Wheldon had actually been working and test driving on the new IndyCar that will be raced in 2012), and the big complaint from this event was that the field might have been too large, giving less room on the track to avoid crashes.
|Should Have Sent Out Shake Weights|
Mixed bag performance on defense. Terrible on third down but, with a ton of injuries, they got a ton more pressure out of their front four.
I and a lot of people have been quick to praise Paul Rhoads this season, and rightfully so. He took over a mess of a program from the Chiz who shall remain nameless and scored some big wins. And most everyone thought squeezing six wins out of this schedule would be a minor miracle coming into the season. But what the heck was that at Mizzou? The Tigers aren't terrible but should not be 52-17 good against anybody in FBS. It'll be an interesting press day in Ames tomorrow, and I'm curious to see what Rhoads has to say.
|How Did This Happen?|
And yet they're four wins from a championship and will have HOMEFIELD. Pujols certainly deserves a lot of praise for his postseason performance. David Freese has been ridiculous. But this is all on Tony LaRussa. Keeping this bunch together might be his best coaching job ever, and that's saying a lot.
Andy will be insufferable for the next week.