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Skinner + Affliction = SHAKE’n’BAKE

It’s day three of Fightlinker’s extensive AFFLICTION NASCAR WATCH. Judging from the number of comments on the past few posts, no one gives a fuck about it but me. But this is MY site and I talk about what I want. Consider it akin to how Sam Caplan blogs about his wife every time she sneezes, except I don’t get more sex in exchange for this coverage. I just get more NASCAR knowledge – a term that many people would consider contradictory in and of itself.

Anyways, Steve Barry aka the MMA Convert (whatever that means) seems to know more about NASCAR than most of the other blogs out there, and here’s a post where he explains the relative importance of the car and driver sponsored by Affliction this weekend:

I’m not sure that’s the case though. It’s been awhile, but back in my college days I used to follow NASCAR rather intently. Back then, my roommate and I had this running bet from race to race on how well Mike Skinner would do. Our bet wasn’t based on what position Skinner would finish in though, it was on how long Skinner would make it before he crashed. He would literally wreck almost every single race! This isn’t my intended point, but does Affliction want to be associated with a wrecked race car? Do they want to take the chance of being the first ones with a visual representation of a failed MMA promotion in case they don’t make it? More importantly, do they really want to make Dana White’s lame NASCAR analogy become somewhat relevant?

Getting back on track (no pun intended), Skinner is not a regular Nextel Cup driver, he’s a NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series driver. In fact, he hasn’t run a full Cup season since 2002. Because of that, he will have to qualify to even run in this weekend’s event. He’s started 8 of 24 races this season (likely hasn’t tried to qualify for all 24), so it’s not an impossible task, but the chance is there that he won’t make the field. Even if he does, Affliction isn’t likely to get much television exposure from the deal unless he makes his way towards the front. You’ll probably see him here and there throughout the broadcast, but any significant amount of air time is unlikely.

There is expected to be 90,000 fans in attendance at the race, but if Skinner hangs around the back of the field all day, I’m not sure how many people will be paying attention. I’ve been to quite a few races, and everyone’s eyes always seem to be glued to the front of the pack or their favorite drivers.

The idea of Skinner wiping out and smashing up the Affliction car amuses me to no end, as does the possibility of him not qualifying. But dispite my hate filled anarchistic tendencies I wouldn’t mind seeing the whole thing go as it was meant to go and see what kind of effect it has on the next Affliction show’s performance. I don’t know exactly how we’re supposed to measure success or failure, though. Do we just count all the tailgaters who show up with beer bellies and aviator shades as NASCAR fans?