It might be true that we're living in a virtual-reality world but you wouldn't know it if you turned on your television set Sunday.
The Argos and Ticats played at a nearly-packed Rogers Centre, there was just under a million people on the streets of Toronto for the Santa Claus parade, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., was full for Bill-Jets, the Raptors had a game at the ACC, there were about 115,000 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex., for the U.S. Grand Prix and about 80,000 (the current capacity) showed up for the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in south Florida.
At the end of the day, people still find it best to get up, get out and get at it.
Okay, Sebastian Vettel won the 38th F1 race of his career at Austin, his 12th of the season and a record eighth straight for Infiniti Red Bull Racing in what was really a somewhat boring Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean was second for Lotus-Renault and Mark Webber finished third for RBR. Lewis Hamilton was fourth for Mercedes F1 and Fernando Alonso was fifth for Ferrari.
Here is a link to the full race report.
- Vettel showed, once again, why he is a four-time world champion: he is his own boss and nobody had better forget that. The team told him to wind it back toward the end to make sure his tires and everything else on the car would hold up for the distance and he promptly set fastest lap on the second last lap. So much for listening - to anybody.
- On the last lap, Fernando Alonso showed why he is the best pure racer in F1. Knowing he was going to be passed by Nico Hulkenberg, he set himself up to re-pass the Sauber driver with a move that involved split-second timing, which he executed masterfully. I truly don't think there is anybody else in F1 today who could have done that with the precision he displayed. Jenson Button also showed a flash of brilliance getting past Daniel Ricciardo on the last lap. Other than those two moves, though, the race was a snoozer.
- I got sick and tired of everybody including Vettel and the announcers kissing Austin's ass. Thanks for coming and watching. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You're so wonderful. We really appreciate it. Knock it off. And Lewis Hamilton is off my list for saying the atmosphere and the restaurants were better than Montreal's. It's Mean Week at the Star so I can officially be mean to Lewis Hamilton.
- Since I'm in a mean mood, I'm going to say it. I am also tired of people making excuses for Mark Webber's inability to get off the line at the start. He was second on the grid and fourth after the first corner. Why? I'll tell you why: he's old. He's 10 years older than the rest of the drivers and when the lights go out he's not as fast reacting as they are. It doesn't matter if you're a baseball hitter, or a hockey player or a UFC fighter (take a look at Georges St. Pierre's face after his bout Saturday night; he won but he took at beating), at some point you are going to slow down. Mark Webber is a great F1 driver - once he gets going.