NBC is a mess. NASCAR might be a mess. So as I read about Jay Leno’s future and how it impacts all of late night television, it got me thinking the two worlds are pretty comparable, so long as you put things in perspective.
Jay Leno is Rick Hendrick
Both get whatever they want. Jay Leno wants $25 million a year and his old time slot back. So what if it was promised to another guy five years ago? Done.
Rick Hendrick wants a juggernaut of winning drivers and big names like Dale Jr. and Danica. Done. They also each own really fast cars, though for totally different reasons.
Conan O’Brien is Kasey Kahne
All Conan did was the best he could with the resources he had. His struggles were created through realities beyond his control. Kahne makes the Chase; his team changes manufacturers and gives him an engine that blows in the first race. Conan can get out of his contract in 2010. Kahne can get out of his contract in 2010. Cue up the moving trucks and funny clips.
Jimmy Fallon is Scott Speed
How each of these guys got their gigs are beyond me. But just when I want to write both of them off like a bad business expense, each of them does something that makes me think they’re still worth watching.
George Lopez is Aric Almirola
Both have full time jobs for 2010. Yes, I had to conduct research to determine that fact.
Jon Stewart is Jimmie Johnson
While drama keeps racing around their respective worlds, each keeps doing what they’re doing, each wins awards, and each is considered the best in their respective fields.
David Letterman is Jeff Gordon
Maybe each is a bit past his prime. But both are safe, dependable and apt to wow you at any moment.
Jeff Zucker is Brian France
Both run companies worth billions of dollars. Both have made blunders that cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars. Both have millions wondering if they know what they’re doing.
I’m not smart enough to know if either is a genius or just dumb enough to run their empires into the ground. What I do know is that things are moving quickly at NBC and NASCAR. But it’s not that tough to understand, once you take time to put things in perspective.