It?s been a quiet week in Lake Maxicokonn, Pennsylvania, my old home town out on the edge of the swamp. April has just ended and there are only two kinds of April in Pennsylvania; one of them is 90 degrees and muggy, the other is a nor?easter. This year we had both. But all good Aprils have one thing in common, and that is Easter.
Easter may be the best holiday on the western calendar because only Christmas can rival it for religious significance, it?s far less commercial than Christmas, and there are fewer expectations to spend it with family members you may not like very much.
The one thing absent from Easter is NASCAR. It?s not that I mind an off week. In the age of the Internet, there?s never a time when I can?t watch a race. I?ve recently reconsidered an interview Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson gave last December when he stated his dislike for the NBA scheduling games on Christmas. A lot of pundits were quick to compare basketball on Christmas to baseball on Independence Day, football on Thanksgiving, or hockey on New Year?s Day; however these comparisons are inaccurate as Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year?s are not religious holidays.
I?m certainly not about to argue that every sport needs to adjust its calendar to every religious holiday. I?m merely pointing out that NASCAR is doing a good job of catering to a majority. The NBA on the other hand tries marketing to those few people whom eventually get tired of watching A Christmas Story. If the Nationwide Series and trucks had the holiday weekend off too everything would be nice and consistent. Unfortunately, NASCAR is more likely to be consistently wrong than right half the time.
That?s the news from Lake Maxicokonn, where the women are feeble, the men are homely, and the children are all below average.
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