My Thoughts On John Force’s Car Color and The Hall of Fame Game

By David G. Firestone

I wanted to discuss luck in the form of color for a second time. I’m not a die-hard John Force fan, but I’m a drag racing fan, and I have enough respect for the history of the sport to see what his is to the sport. Something I discussed just after Castrol left him as a sponsor was if the switch to blue cars from green would be detrimental. I don’t care what anyone says, we are all superstitious. We all have things we do that we think make us better at everything.

When I interviewed Jack Beckman in January, he had a quote concerning this subject that I think applies to Force. I asked him about his helmet visor design, and in the course of his answer, he said “…I’m a big proponent of doing anything that you think will make you perform better. If you think a red glove will make you drive better than a blue glove, it will. It’s psychological more than it’s mechanical.” I’m wondering if a green colored race car is John Force’s red glove.

John Force has 145 national event wins, 141 came with Castrol on the side of the car. For almost 30 years, the two were inseparable. Where you saw Force, you saw Castol. Green was an integral color on John Force’s cars for many years. When Castol left, and Peak signed on in 2015, the car shifted from green to blue, and Force didn’t seem to adapt as well, though that could be attributed to his switch from Ford to Chevy. In 2016, Force looked to be heading nowhere fast, until the Western Swing, where he got a new sponsor…Realtree!

Suddenly, green is now the dominant color on the side of Force’s car, and for the first two races of the Western Swing, The Mile High and Sonoma Nationals, Force looked like…well…John Force. He didn’t sweep the Western Swing, but that is forgivable since his daughter had been taken away via ambulance due to a crash. He wasn’t in the right frame of mind to race, but again, it’s understandable.

I think that John is better with green on his car, because throughout his career, he has had a lot of success with green cars. I’m not saying he should dump Peak as a sponsor, but something shoud change if he really is better with green on his race cars instead of blue.

Also, I’m going to return to my article yesterday, concerning the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game. I’ve heard a number of people come out and say that the Hall of Fame Game isn’t a big deal, and to stop blaming Roger Goodell for everything. Let me explain a few things. At no point in my column last night, did I ever blame Roger Goodell for what happened. For the various issues that I discussed, I blamed those responsible.

Blaming Goodell for the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game is like blaming the CEO of McDonald’s for your drive through order being wrong. If you get a medium fries instead of the large fries that you ordered, Steve Easterbrook isn’t to blame, its the minor failure of a low-level person at the franchise you visited. The issue is that the seemingly minor failures of these lower level workers, at the Hall of Fame, at 1iota, and at AT&T Stadium have caused national embarrassment for the league.

On The Herd, the situation was described as “like having a dinner at a nice steakhouse, and having the desert not being up to par.” Well the thing about that is that the desert can ruin what was otherwise a great meal. This is especially true if you chose the restaurant because you like their deserts. The same goes for football. If you are a die hard Colts or Packers fan who attended the game in person, your dinner was seeing Tony Dungy, or Brett Favre being inducted, and your desert was supposed to be the Hall of Fame Game. The fact that the desert was “not up to par” spoiled the weekend for many people

If you weren’t going to go to the game itself, but really wanted to watch it, your desert was spoiled, as was mine. This would be bad for a local telecast, but a nationally televised game with two teams with devoted fans and long lineages makes things worse. It’s not Goodell’s fault, it’s not even the direct fault of the NFL, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t upset about how things went down last night. It might not seem like a big deal to some, but to the fans it is a big deal. It might not seem important that the desert wasn’t up to par, but when a sub par desert ruins a good meal, it is important. The NFL needs to learn quickly that the fans are their source of income, and if they aren’t happy, then that income will go away quickly. Let’s hope this stops becoming an issue.

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