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July 19, 2019

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Crash course in free publicity


I received a heads-up in an e-mail that the NHRA had a series of three pictures showing a guy named Dan Wilkerson transforming his Funny Car into tiny bits during a spectacular crash in Memphis today.

Normally, I wouldn't have a problem with this. Crashes are part of the sport. As much as I hate to see them happen -- which, I know, places me among a small minority of Americans -- they do happen. Guys get killed building high-rise hotels, too. You can't ignore danger when it becomes reality.

The problem I have is that had Wilkerson not walked away from the crash, I seriously doubt the NHRA would be blowing trumpets about how to download the photos from its Web site.


I heard from an e-mail pal who is a Rebels fan but must refrain from showing it whenever they travel to Albuquerque because he also is on the faculty at the University of New Mexico.

"Unfortunately, unless something changes in the next three weeks, the game you and I will watch here on the 24th may be bad enough to set college football back to the leather helmet era," writes my pal in regard to the UNLV vs. UNM game later this month which, I suppose, still must be played even though there seems no good reason to.

"I hope all is well with you. Things are great here despite UNM football."

It wasn't signed Pop Warner, although that would have been cool.

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