"Bulldog" Bob Fescoe is the host of Fescoe in the Morning, heard weekdays 6a-9a on 610 Sports Radio. The KU grad has been a voice in the Kansas City sports scene for the better part of the last decade and brings his passion to the table with some bite every weekday morning.
On Memorial Day, we tend to gather with our family and friends in back yards all around suburbia drinking beers and toasting the start of summer. We will find ourselves today, complaining about our local baseball team and discussing the NFL lockout. What we won’t discuss, however, are the men and women who gave their lives for our country. For most Americans Memorial Day is a day off of work and not a day when we remember our veterans.
The term hero can get taken out of context and often does when we talk about sports. As kids, we grow up worshiping the ground that our favorite players walk on. That is a major mistake. Heroes do not play baseball or football or basketball. Heroes spend time fighting for our country, not hitting a ball or scoring touchdowns. So when you hoist your Budweiser this afternoon and celebrate the day off of work, remember why we have the day off…it’s to remember the men and women that worked so hard to give us freedom.
One tradition of Memorial Day is the Indy 500. Well, at least that is what they tell me. The Indy 500 has become one of the most irrelevant sporting events. Back in the day, the race at Indy was the biggest race on the planet. Then something changed. NASCAR came into existence and closed wheel racing became the rage around America. The open wheeled cars of the Indy circuit took a back seat. Instead of trying to adopt to the likes of fans, Indy kept plodding along. The race may still be sold out and a lot of us may still enjoy it on TV, but for all intents and purposes, the race has become meaningless. No one watches Indy Car racing in America and if it was not for Danica Patrick, no one would know any of the drivers on the circuit. I think Indy should change. They should make it a NASCAR race and make it worth double points. When you add in the drivers everyone knows and make it worthwhile, people will pay attention again. It’s a shame that an event such as the Indy 500 has taken such a back seat. It’s time to make that race better and give it the credit it deserves.