Races, tracks, drivers and all the drama that comes along with it
Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:06 pm
goldent tate, who i never heard of until today, has tweeted that nascar drivers are not athletes.
LOUDON, N.H. -- I have one quick message for Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate:
If you want a doughnut so much that you sneak into a doughnut shop in the middle of the night after it's closed, you might want to skip questioning Jimmie Johnson's athleticism.
Back to that later, but Tate stirred up a firestorm Thursday when he tweeted comments saying race car drivers are not athletes.
He felt Johnson didn't belong as a nominee in the ESPY category for Best Male Athlete of the Year, which was won by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
"Jimmy Johnson up for best athlete????," Tate tweeted under his Twitter name, Showtime Tate "Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism."
First, Golden, be glad they don't have an ESPY for spelling. It's Jimmie, not Jimmy.
Johnson handled the situation with his usual class when asked about Tate on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, saying he didn't know who Tate was until Thursday.
"But I'd like to show him around and see if we can show him what our sport is about and change his mind," Johnson said. "There might be other athletes out there who think the same and they're all welcome to come out. We'd all love to host them and show them around.
"I have no hard feelings. Everybody has an opinion. I don't like it when people express their opinion without knowing. So if he comes out and has a different opinion if he attends a race, that's fine"
NASCAR's Twitter nation was outraged and lit into Tate on Thursday, but he kept going.
"I've driven a car on unknown roads at night at 90 mph,'' he tweeted. "No big deal. No sign of athleticism. Guarantee [Johnson] couldn't in million year play any SPORT."
But Tate, a former Notre Dame star and a second-round pick by the Seahawks last year, is convinced he could drive a race car.
"Give me 6 months of training and I bet I could compete," he tweeted.
I'll take that bet Golden. And by the way, as someone who lives in the Seattle area, you didn't exactly set the world on fire as a Seahawks rookie last year -- 21 catches and no touchdowns.
Hey, doughnuts come first, right Golden?
Last summer, police were called to Top Pot Doughnuts shop in Bellevue, Wash., at 3 a.m. after two men were found entering the store after hours.
It seems Tate and a friend couldn't resist the aroma of freshly baked maple bars. Waiting four hours for the store to open apparently didn't cross their minds.
No word on whether Johnson likes doughnuts, but the man is in pretty good shape.
"I would challenge anyone to compete with Jimmie," said NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, whose washboard stomach was shown on the cover of ESPN The Magazine two years ago. "There are people in this garage who are very good athletes.
Edwards said he found Tate's tweets "hilarious" and added, "Until you've tried [racing], I think it's extremely arrogant to knock it."
But it's the age-old question. Are race car drivers athletes?
"I guess I was impersonating an athlete at the ESPYs," Johnson said, chuckling. "As race car drivers, this is something we have fought all along. It wasn't anything new. I didn't take great offense to it."
Who knows? Maybe one day soon Tate will ask Johnson to share a maple bar. Just be sure the "Open" sign is lit in the window.
We'll see which "athlete" does his job better this year. I'll bet a box of doughnuts on Johnson.
Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:44 pm
Well, well, well, another snooty football player who is well informed. I've already commented on this on another thread but I agree with Jimmie if you want to complain at least know what your complaining about. I don't belong to Twitter but I think if I was going to rant and vent I'd catch up on the subject. But then there are dumb and dumber ou there who express what they feel like. By the way Golden Tate NASCAR drivers have fans bases that would kock your socks off and not give it a second thought......
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:07 pm
i just got rid of my twitter account, too many people on there thinking what they have to say is more important than the next............
this fball player is a nobody, tryin to make a name for himself, by bein ignorant
Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:27 pm
Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:21 am
He needs to learn from OchoCinco about NASCAR because he is one of the few athletes outside of Nascar who respects the sport. Golden Tate is just jealous that he wasn't even nominated for athlete of the year let alone an espy.
Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:00 pm
SOS DIFFERANT DAY!
Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:45 pm
SOS DIFFERANT DAY!
kind of like your posts
Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:25 pm
he likes playin poop, that seems to be his response to everything, that he is playing in poop
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:50 am
It sure does not matter all of the Nascar fans know the difference