Hockenheim, Highway Stars & Aurora

It is time for the Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland 2012. There is that.

Then there is the fact Jon Lord has died. If you do not know Jon Lord, he was a founding member of, and keyboard player for, Deep Purple. One of the more underrated keyboard players, and bands, of all time (by my book anyway). RIP

And, indescribably, twelve more souls died in Aurora, with scores more injured gravely. I would love to say something pithy, profound and appropriate. However, I have no clue what that would be.

A lot of other stuff has also transpired demanding extreme talking of the trash. The video embedded to the upper right is custom made by my daughter, Jenna, and I, from CGI runs of the Hockenheimring set to the sounds of the timeless Deep Purple classic Highway Star. All for this F1 Trash and wake for the Lord thread. Okay, mostly her work, but she swears even I can be taught the necessary skills. We’ll see about that. With no further adieu…..

Let’s roll.

We are in the summer doldrums. No football. No basketball. Do they even play hockey in the States? I forget. I understand there is some kind of athletic contest coming up across teh pond. In a move that may well INCREASE the safety of one and all, in Olympic Village and the world over, actual stiff British upper lip troops will be filling in for corrupt, fraudulent and incompetent G4 Mercenary Contractors.

Other than that, there is the start of the second half of the baseball season and……Formula One! This week is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Uh, BREAKING NEWS: My TeeVee just told me:

“For years people have been working to perfect the margarita. At last, the wait is over. Introducing Bud Light Lime Margaritas. The ready to drink margarita. With the refreshing twist of Bud Light Lime.”

While I had heard of Bud Light Lime before, from Uncle Stanley McChrystal, this is something NEW and, apparently, wonderful. Or, you know, not.

At any rate, qualifying is about to go off at the German Grand Prix. Hockenheimring is a relatively flat, and traditionally very fast circuit. The video really gives a good feel for it. Although shorter than originally laid out to be, it is still nearly three miles long and presents numerous opportunities for overtaking.

At practice, the rain spoiled the fun, and especially so for the German favorite, Michael Schumacher. The Mercedes team may be further plagued by a five place penalty on the grid due to a gearbox change in Nico Rosberg’s equipment. Things were brighter, however, for McLaren, who saw Jenson Button be fast with Lewis Hamilton close behind.

The skies do not look to clear for Saturday’s qualifying, but the rain may hold off. [Quick addendum: watching Q3 now and the track is soaking wet. Both Alonso and Schumacher are radioing that it needs to be stopped, but the stewards do not appear so inclined. The ability of these drivers to keep their cars on the track in these conditions is simply stunning] Race day will be a crapshoot though. Updates after qualifying will be in comments below.

Which brings us to Aurora. I was still up early Friday morning when the first word of the tragedy started coming in. I thought about posting something, but was so numb there was just nothing to say. Not sure much has changed in that regard. The root facts are on the usual relentless babble stream of cable news etc. and I have not even checked in in a bit to see the latest. The one take that really stuck out to me was by David Sirota, who lives literally right by the scene in suburban Denver:

Confronting that question, of course, is mind-bending and painful — in the age of “War on Terror” agitprop that purposely defines terrorism in one specific, narrow and politically convenient way, it’s akin to the cognitive difficulty of pondering the size of the universe … or, perhaps, death itself. It takes us out of our comfort zone and forces us to consider the causes of all kinds of extremism and violence — not just the foreign Islamic kind that we so flippantly write off as alien. Indeed, at a time when so many bloodlusting Americans cheer on our government proudly assassinating the imams who allegedly inspire Muslim terrorism, a shooting like this (if, indeed, it had nothing to do with Islamic extremism) begs us to wonder why we don’t feel similarly bellicose or enraged at the inspirations fueling so many other forms of terrorism — whatever those inspirations may be.

These contradictions and omissions, of course, are why such a question will almost certainly be ignored in the now-practiced kabuki theater of horror porn — the kind where vote-seeking politicians issue meaningless platitudes, ratings-stalking reporters breathlessly recount the gory details and attention-starved pundits preen in front of cameras to prognosticate about the electoral implications of mass murder in a presidential swing state. Carefully avoiding the T-word, it is a conspiracy of distraction and reduction, playing to our reflexive desire for soothing diversions and simple answers. The conspirators expect that when the cameras eventually pan away from the cataclysm, we will slip back into hyper-sleep for another few weeks, until the next massacre hits, and then the cycle will begin anew.

Yep. About right.

There may not be much front line sports on this weekend, but there is certainly a lot to talk about. What have you all been up to? What is on your mind? Let’s talk.

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26 replies
  1. Jim White says:

    Delirium produced by a high fever from a nasty summer cold has led me to an amazing insight. Thursday night as I tossed and turned, trying to sleep, an earwig that is probably the worst song yet of this decade would not leave me alone (and which I heard WAY too many times last weekend on two 9 hour drives with my 15 year old daughter):

    And then I suddenly understood, right about the time I was ready to cut FloRida’s “whistle” off and stuff it in his ear. The government has entirely the wrong idea about what is going on in whistle-blowing.

    Hey, DOJ! Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou are not out there giving blowjobs, they are exposing actual government crimes.

    MSNBC will be so relieved.

  2. rosalind says:

    so Touchdown Jesus was just in town working out with some coach at USC to, ah, “make adjustments to his throwing motion”, and some who saw him said he’s really jacked himself up, totally huge. cause when i think of the greatest q-backs, i think “slab of muscles”.

    guess we have to wait for the official unveiling of the new & improved* Tebow (“now with more Creatine!!”) to see what exactly he’s done to hisself.

    sample comments from ESPN article:

    PennDrex
    Can I just ask an honest question to you Tebow supporters – Do you think he’s going to be good? Or do you think he’s good right now?
    16 Minutes Ago

    fiberzap
    He is already great and he will be the greatest of all time soon.
    15 Minutes Ago

    Brooklyn…
    Too early to be smoking the good stuff, man
    18 Minutes Ago

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nfl/story/_/id/8185111/new-york-jets-tim-tebow-works-la-based-throwing-guru-tom-house

    *not enough data to support- TBD

  3. bmaz says:

    @Phil Perspective: Yes, House has worked with other stiffs before. Guys who never really panned out…..like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer and Matt Cassel.

    Just think of what he is gonna do with Super Jesus!

  4. rosalind says:

    hey, congrats to my h.s. classmate bob melvin, whose A’s just finished a 3-game sweep of the dread Yankees.

  5. ANOther says:

    The summer doldrums eh! This is also the weekend of
    (I) the British Open golf championship, with an Aussie in control.
    (ii) the Tour de France, with a Brit firmly in control.
    (iii) the first cricket test match between England and South Africa ( the two best teams in the world), with the Saffers firmly in control.

  6. freepatriot says:

    high everybody
    jus checkin into let ya know I’m alive
    life sucks but it beats the alternative

  7. bmaz says:

    The summer’s most compelling drama “Kitty Felons” continues on:

    Lions cornerback Aaron Berry has been arrested on three counts of simple assault, his second arrest this year and the Lions’ seventh arrest this year.

    We noted on Saturday night that a league source confirmed there was some truth to rumors of Berry being in legal trouble, and on Sunday morning the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Police Department confirmed to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that Berry was arrested.

    The police told Birkett that there was a firearm involved in the incident. Although few details have been provided yet, the charges Berry faces seem to match what was posted on a Dolphins fans’ message board, describing an incident involving three victims who had a gun pointed at them by Berry.

    Sounds like aggravated felony assault, not “simple assault”, to me, but maybe there are mitigating factors.

  8. chetnolian says:

    Just in case you are awake again bmaz Alonso, Vettel, Button at Hockenheim. Don’t know more as I won’t pay Murdoch to see it and ahve to wait till late night on Beeb.

  9. rosalind says:

    @JohnT: i finally watched “Money Ball”. great movie, and great performance by Brad Pitt. The less flashy roles usually don’t garner the respect they should, he definitely deserved his Oscar nom. the movie made me nostalgic for the concrete hulk that is the Oakland Stadium. (i refuse to call it by its new name – ridiculous)

  10. quebecois says:

    The race in germany left me totally unsatisfied. I don’t know why, might be the fact that I think that this year’s tour de France was won without panache, by an amazing team, dreadful year. I need a drink. it’s all downhill from here

  11. P J Evans says:

    @rosalind:
    I don’t think I want to know what its new name is – something corporate, I expect. (Do the corporations and their pet politicians ever realize that most people will call their renamed stuff whatever they’ve always called it?)

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