Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Who is everyone's hero?

The unexplained question of the day: Who is everyones hero?  Many would say Jesus Christ.  I would agree with them. Some, however, might say Lady Gaga, or Benjamin Franklin.  If you like baseball, your hero would be Babe Ruth.  If you like sci fi, you would say Star Wars. Even then, not eveybody loves these people.  Normal people would not like lady Gaga, Red Sox fans would BOO as Babe Ruth walked onto the feild, and some people don't get chills when they see Yoda's light-saber fight. Is there even a figure who everybody loves, respects and worships?  If you think about it, the answer is "No."  No, not everybody loves Raymond.  Some people don't love Lucy.  One day, the universe will find out the answer to who everyone's hero is, and the answer isn't 42.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dan Wheldon, champion Indy Car driver dies in fatal crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The motorsports world has experienced a terrible loss this weekend. A turn two crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on lap 11 took the life of famed British racer Dan Wheldon.

Wheldon was known for his personality and humor, second only to his success on the race track. Wheldon's career is highlighted by his two wins at the Indianapolis 500, the greatest auto race in the world. He is also a champion in the Indy car series. As far as drivers go, Wheldon will be remembered as one of the legends. He drove and acted like those champions of the past. His presence was always known on the track. Wheldon was a very popular driver among his peers and the fans.

The crash was caused by a series of mishaps on the track. After two cars made contact and began to turn sideways, a driver lost control trying to avoid the wreck. More cars began piling up into the wreck that was still moving at over 190 miles per hour. Wheldon came into the picture on the bottom of the track. He had started last in the race, but was making an impressive march to the front. He made contact with a car that checked up ahead of him, which elevated the nose of Wheldon's car into the air. The car then flew into the wall and catch fence. The collision was enough to cause fatal injuries. Wheldon was pronounced dead from the hospital not long after the crash.

The race was red flagged and later cancelled when the news was released. Wheldon's fellow drivers, stricken with grief, decided to run 5 slow laps dedicated to Wheldon and his family. Atop the scoring pylon stood Wheldon's #77 throughout these memorial laps.

This horrific event has brought into question the safety of Indy Car Racing. The last fatality in the series was Paul Dana in 2006 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 2 deaths within 5 years is not a good record these days in motorsports. What will be done about the safety issues for the drivers, and what affect this will have on Indy Car is yet to be seen.

R.I.P. Dan (22 June 1978 – 16 October 2011)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Introduction to "Why Intercept?"

Many may wonder where this blog idea came from.  Truth be told, no one does.  What is this blog even about?  Well, our lead writers see each other at school, and say "What should I write about?"  One of the lead writers said that he would write about video games, and so on.  The other lead writer decided she is going to write about the unexplained mysteries of frequently asked questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "Why do girls go to the bathroom in groups?" And the biggest question "Why intercept?"