JIMMIE JOHNSON GOES EVEN MORE VANILLA

This is what it has come to for Jimmie Johnson: open begging. The soon-to-be four-time Sprint Cup champion wants corporate America to know that he likes ice cream and tequila. Because like most famous athletes, he prefers the food and drink of recently-scorned women everywhere.  Why aren't advertisers beating down Jimmie Johnson's door? (ESPN) ...

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50 THINGS MORE EXCITING THAN SUNDAY’S RACE AT TALLADEGA

1. The text of the House health care bill2. Women's golf3. Listening to a 4-year-old talk4. Listening to Tom Cruise talk5. All-staff meetings at work6. My married friends' Facebook updates7. Larry King8. A TV interview with Derek Jeter9. The new Jay Leno show10. The Economist magazine11. The Cleveland Browns' offense 12. Flight attendant safety-procedure announcements13. Mark Martin's haircut14. Department store music15. Candle enthusiasts16. People who love farmers' markets (Los Angeles only ...

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NEWMAN CRITICIZES NASCAR

Ryan Newman was ticked off following his horror-show crash at Talladega, and can you blame him? Newman, who is an engineer, warned NASCAR that it is playing with fire at restrictor-plate tracks. After his wreck, he unloaded on the powers that be, criticizing the sport's inability to keep cars on the track, boring racing and drivers' lack of freedom. Video below. ...

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