By admin | September 15, 2010
By Richard Allen
Any discussion of the 2010 Sprint Cup championship invariably comes down to whether or not Jimmie Johnson can keep his unprecedented streak going. And those who have any opinion on the matter seem to really have an opinion on the matter.
Throughout this season, a huge number of comments have been made on this site and others like it regarding Johnson and his seeking of a fifth consecutive title. Most of the comments I’ve read indicate that at least those who take the time to write are very much in favor of the streak coming to an end. I wonder if there are a number of fans out there who actually want Johnson to repeat but are simply not as vocal as his detractors.
To those who oppose the continuation of Johnson’s dominance I have to ask, will it really be that bad if Johnson wins again? Are there those out there who will give up on NASCAR if he is crowned once more in Homestead?
After all, dominance has helped some sports. The 2008 Super Bowl which featured the up-to-then undefeated New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants was a ratings hit on television. It was viewed in 48.66 million households. The fact that the Patriots were indeed undefeated no doubt intrigued many of those viewers.
I was one of the many to watch that Super Bowl and I have to admit that with no other rooting interest, I hoped to see the Patriots complete a perfect season.
Are there some out there who would like to observe history in the making by watching Johnson win yet another championship? Or, is the predominant thought like those who so often tap the keyboard to express their desire to see Johnson finally come up short?
Rather than taking in history, are more fans simply going to tire of the #48 Hendrick Motorsports team winning titles and just give up on the sport all together?
NASCAR might suffer even more than it already has in terms of ratings and attendance if the so-called ‘vanilla’ driver does it again. Or, there could be an added element of interested on-lookers who could be drawn to the sport and thus serve to boost sagging television and grandstand numbers if Johnson adds another trophy.
My suspicion is that those who would like to see someone new win the Sprint Cup outnumber those who want to see him continue. Where do you stand? Will it really be that bad if Johnson wins again?
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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