Sunday, May 22, 2005

Formula One is boring...

Today I tried to watch Formula One for the first time in a whole year. I used to be an ardent fan back in the mid 1990s up till a few years ago but with Michael Schumacher winning everything I grew bored and then just switched off. Now I hardly watch any sports at all. Not even footie.

The last time I seriously sat down on the telly and followed a sports coverage was last year's Olympics (mainly to witness the demolition of the USA Basketball team). Not even Paula Radcliffe's 'toilet break' (which I caught live and not from the replay) during last month's London marathon could engage me back into TV sports.

Back to the Monaco grand prix. When I switched on ITV1, the first thing I saw was George Lucas grinning at me. What the heck was he doing on the telly? Only then I found out that Lucasfilm was sponsoring the Red Bull team. Shite. That should have told me that I should just turn the thing off. But I pressed on and let the whole Star Wars hype thingy wash down (Hayden Christensen - "I am a huge Formula One fan - this is my first race") while I lay in bed reading the paper.

By the time Jenson Button got into the commentary box and started yapping away I was in a complete state of stuphor. Few laps in (I remember this Indian guy going into the pits and something about Kimi getting the fastest lap and how Schumacher stated that he wouldn't get higher than fifth) I was getting weary. My room's light has gone out and I haven't changed it yet so it was pretty dark. I was intoxicated with tiredness and finally gave up and slept.

Jennifer texted me to announce her safe arrival at Rouen. I got up and look at my PC. The race was still on. And I went back to sleep.

5 comments:

eyeris said...

damn. I was about to post about F1 on my sports blog. I think its the most overrated 'sport' in the world. :)

Kat said...

I used to watch it as well until Michael Schumacher started winning everything. It turned boring after that. Watched the race on ITV1 yesterday, but got pretty bored after 15 minutes and started playing Civilisation 3 instead. Heh. At least now the smaller 'fish' are getting a piece of the pie as well.

Jon said...

I guess I was yearning for the old days where drivers were 'allowed' to backstab each other, drive each other off the tracks and not being a pussy anymore (like Ralf Schumacher). Somebody else is winning this time, but it is still boring.

cccp said...

i guess you just have to follow each race of the season, and also follow every season to really appreciate its excitement. it's like watching a chinese drama: if you missed anything, the whole show sucks. sometimes when you listen to ppl's comments about f1, it's easy to tell who are merely team fanatics and who are f1 supporters. it's a big difference!

Jon said...

Actually I find chinese dramas quite fascinating. When I was back in Malaysia there would be this Hong Kong dramas on Astro and usually I would just dimiss them. It is quite easy to get into the whole storyline. Just like Eastenders. ;)