Originally Posted by RedsBaron
My oldest son John and I are going to the 500. I am looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
Incidentally, media coverage of auto racing sometimes drives me nuts. I just watched a profie of last year's Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti on ESPN Sports Center. For the most part it was good, except when the reporter referred to the racing accomplishments of Jim Clark in the "1960s and 1970s." Scottish racing legend Clark, who is Franchitti's idol, was killed in a crash in 1968, so he is hardly known for his victories in the 1970s.
You're right that sports coverage can drive one nuts. That one in particular would have been so easy to check, but instead it was just thrown in. I'm sure Clark was well known into the 70's. I'm guessing they took Franchitti's birthday of 1973 and Clark's active years, and just lazily said 60's and 70's.
The problem with auto racing in particular is that so few people know and are paying attention acutely enough to call attention to the problem. If ESPN makes a factual error on a story about Lebron James, 90% more people know the error, and are more likely to be watching (and paying attention) to the show.