Don’t rag on Danica Patrick

I’m going to go out and buy myself a “Team Danica” shirt. And if I can’t find one, I’m want to have one made.

I watched the Indinapolis 500 two Saturdays ago and I don’t see what the big deal is over Danica Patrick’s wanting to confront Ryan Briscoe.

Scott Dixon won the nearly $3 million prize purse, but a lot of attention about the race has been focused on what happened between Patrick and Briscoe. And I’m OK with that.

Patrick started out in the fifth position and was holding off 2001-02 winner Helio Castroneves for the majority of the race. Although not getting any higher than her starting position, she was still making her turns well. (Why do so many people give Patrick flack for doing commercials when no one gives Castroneves flack for doing “Dancing with the Stars?”)

But she was taken out of the race when Briscoe bumped her coming out of pit lane with 30 laps to go. Because of that, both of them were out of the race, and it was the first time Patrick hadn’t finished at Indy.

That was bad. It was bad enough that fellow Andretti Green Racing team member and the race’s leader Tony Kanaan got caught up with (my favorite) Marco Andretti and was taken out of contention, but to take out Patrick?

Seriously, that’s just asking for trouble. Anyone who knows me knows that when I watch professional or college sports, I get pretty vocal and when I saw little Danica Patrick getting out of her car and heading toward Briscoe, you better believe I was cheering.

“Get him, girl. You go Danica. That’s right, let him have it,” I shouted at the television.

Doesn’t anyone remember the incident when she “shoved” Dan Wheldon last year? When she grabbed his armed and then pushed it away? Don’t mess with her.

No, I don’t think violence solves anything, but I do think that if she wanted to say a few choice words to him, she should have been allowed to.

It’s not like in ice hockey, football, baseball or even NASCAR when the athletes get into fist fights quite often. Patrick’s not throwing down her helmet or gloves — although that would be entertaining.

No. She was just upset that Briscoe made a stupid move in bumping her out of the race.

I have a problem with Internet bloggers out there calling Patrick a spoiled brat by acting out. They wouldn’t call Tony Stewart or any Major League Baseball player a brat for charging the mound. Male athletes lose their cool all the time and no one says anything bad about them.

Yet, when Patrick got out of her car and headed toward Briscoe, she was stopped by race officials and sent in the other direction.

She’s a little woman. Really, what kind of harm could she have don? She’s 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds, what would she have done?

That’s alright, Danica. I have your back. You keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let those guys mess with you. Stomp, stomp, stomp away.

In a post-race interview, it was obvious she was upset and said that it was probably best that she didn’t to go down there anyway. That’s right, you tell him, Danica.

You got the next race.


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