Jim Mueller left a message on our Facebook page this week.
"I can't believe that with all of the articles and interviews released in the wake of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon's death, you turned to the Wall Street Journal for your motorsports expert," he began. "I'm not sure what Alexandra Berzon's background is, but it evidently is not in motorsports. In her article, she comes very close to claiming that IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard was promoting death and destruction if fans attended the race. Anybody who knows anything about the racing fraternity knows it's a racing family."
Richard Weis, who hears Only A Game on WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts, was similarly dismayed.
"You did not point out that the immediate cause of Dan Wheldon's death was his car being catapulted into the catch fence by running over the rear wheels of another car," he wrote. Mr. Weis pointed out that engineers have modified the rear ends of the cars that will be on the track in 2012, which, he feels, "makes Dan Wheldon's death even sadder."
Mr. Weis went on to say, "I'll be the first to say that high-speed oval racing is pretty pointless…but painting the situation as worse than it already is does not serve anyone. It's what Fox News does. You can do better."
Charlie Pierce was among many analysts who didn't think we'd be seeing the St. Louis Cardinals in action last night. Bill Howells, who hears the program on KWMU in St. Louis, remembers that.
"Ha Ha, Charlie Pierce!" he wrote. "Eat your hat! Bill, could you please play that clip of Charlie saying the Cardinals would never beat the Phillies and insert some munching sounds afterwards? I want to imagine Charlie eating his hat. Munch, munch, munch."
Normally I'd now read an e-mail from somebody who considers Only A Game brilliant appointment listening, but I'll turn instead to some correspondence from Dave Pierson, who's becoming something of a regular. He sent along an article about a recent cricket match which was interrupted when a small meteor crashed on to the pitch. Happily, nobody was injured. The story ends with a meteorite expert from Imperial College in London suggesting that the object "may contain secrets as to the formation of our solar system." Perhaps it will also reveal how the Cardinals managed to continue playing baseball until the end of October.
This segment aired on October 29, 2011.