Today, NASCAR held its version of the Superbowl. 100,000 plus fans pack Daytona Superspeedway in order to experience the high-speed fun of the Daytona 500. This year's race also marks the tenth anniversary of the late Dale Earnhardt, who passed away on the last lap of this very race in 2001. As one can imagine, NASCAR and ESPN had many tributes for this legend, showing how great of a racer he really was and how much we all miss him. However, this race did a lot more then remember a legend, it showed why NASCAR's version of the Superbowl is better the NFL's Big Game. (or at least this past one).
In case you forgot lets re-cap Februrary 6, 2011. Before the game even kicked off, problems already began. Arguably the biggest idiot owner of the NFL decides he wants to attempt to set the record for attendance at a Superbowl. By attempt, he slaps some half assed bleachers up in the middle of the grand stands, taking away any emergency lane. Just how half assed was the new addition? The fire inspector ripped out the railings of those stands with his bare hands! They obviously didn't pass inspection. The NFL's solution to the problem: wait until the customer shows up at the ticket window and tell them "sorry you'll just have to enjoy the game at the local bar and grill. It's okay though, we'll compensate you later for ruining your experience and making you miss the game that you probably traveled from across the country in order to see." This was just the beginning.
As if the seating issues weren't enough, who other to call on then Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem. She won't mess that up. Think again NFL. That's okay though because they called The Black Eyed Peas to perform the half time show. I won't even go in to how much of a complete joke that was. Its okay NFL, there's always next year right? Oh wait; maybe not considering you can't even come to an agreement over the stupid collective bargaining. What a crock.
As for NASCAR, this organization had their stuff together today. The NFL should be taking notes. Today NASCAR's version of the Superbowl was held and they blew the NFL's "Big Game" out of the water for three resons. They didn't have any unnecessary catastrophic seating issues, they had great performances by Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and Martina McBride did an amazing job singing the National Anthem. NASCAR kept things simple unlike the NFL who tries to jazz everything up. Take notes Goodell, apparently you need them.