Weekend Rewind: Johnson keeps making history + sexist slime hurled at Wimbledon champion

by jovan1984

I know that the holiday weekend is a thing of the past. There were some good moments, some bad moments, some historic moments and (sadly) some sexist moments. Let’s look back.

Johnson adds to history by winning the 900

DAYTONA BEACH — On Saturday night, young fans witnessed something that had never happened in their lives.

A driver winning The 900 in one year.

Jimmie Johnson won the Coca-Cola Zero 400 on Saturday night, becoming the first driver to sweep all 900 miles at Daytona International Speedway for the first time since 1982 and the fifth overall.

“Had a great horse to ride; got White Lightning in Victory Lane,” said Mr. Johnson after climbing from the specially white-and-blue colored 48 SS. “It’s tough to [dominate] at a plate track. Especially with how tight the rules are. I think I showed strength early, and a lot of guys were willing to work with me and help me through situations.

“I don’t know if I really made a bad move tonight, so I’m pretty proud of that.”

Mr. Johnson joins Bobby Allison, Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarbrough and Timmonsville native Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to get the fabled 900, that is sweeping both Sprint Cup races at Daytona in a single season.

Just as importantly, he would maintain the points lead (but it would be a tie with Matt Kenseth) if the Chase started on Saturday night, via tiebreaker.

Mr. Kenseth was involved in a six-car crash that also took out Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann. Mr. Hamlin was long eliminated from the Chase hunt.


Scott Dixon denies Tony Kanaan of $1,000,000.00 payday by winning at Long Pond

LONG POND, PA — Until May 26, Tony Kanaan was denied so often in the Indianapolis 500.

He finally won that race.

However, he will have to wait until 2014 to get another shot at $1,000,000.00.

After making contact with Scott Dixon just a bit past midway through the event, Mr. Kanaan never recovered — being has high as 11th, but eventually finishing 13th, at the cellar among lead lap finishers.

Ultimately, Mr. Dixon, who feared a cut tire for a moment, got the win.

Charlie Kimball finished second and Dario Franchitti, who has been very silent all season long, finished third in a Chip Ganassi sweep of the Pocono Raceway podium.

Marco Andretti, of nearby Nazareth, was dominant early on. He, however, faded to tenth.

Prospects of a history making race didn’t last 4,500 feet. James Hinchcliffe crashed in Turn 1 on the opening lap of the race. He finished dead last, failing to complete a lap.

That did not stop him from going to the ESPN and IMS booths to call the race, though.

[IndyCar News]
[IndyCar Box Score]

Marion Bartoli gets her first piece of the Grand Slam, gets slammed with disgustingly sexist remarks from BBC, social media

LONDON — All Marion Bartoli wanted to do is get people to talk about her quest to get the other three big tournaments on the Women’s Tennis Association tour.

One BBC host, however, had other ideas and it was as sexist as it was sinister.

John Inverdale made this remark after the match on Saturday morning:

“Do you think [Marion] Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little: ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a [Maria] Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight’?”

So, women’s tennis, according to Mr. Inverdale, is all about how the athletes look in the skimpy dresses on the WTA Tour? This comment is repulsive and have no place in the media.

And speaking of media, Mr. Inverdale’s remarks was just the beginning. Social media had even more disgustingly sexist things to say about Ms. Bartoli.

[The Frisky]
[Public Shaming]