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Danica Mania? Not a real star

May 28, 2008 - Paul Giannamore
Danica Patrick is an average race-car driver in above-average equipment. If she weren't a cute woman, she'd be no more popular than a guy named Jimmy Vassar.

Anyone remember him?

Exactly my point.

Do you agree with my concept here, that the national press, be it in sports or politics, creates its darlings nowadays?

She finished out of the running at the Indy 500 last Sunday, having been punted out of the race in a pit-road incident. Stuff happens. She was barely running in the top 10 all day, whining to her crew about how "SLOOOW" her car was and how they weren't making adjustments to make her faster.

One story I read actually said Scott Dixon's victory in the Indy 500 was overshadowed by Danica Patrick's pit-road incident. Shenanigans, more like it. She got out of her car and stalked down the pit lane to go after the guy who hit her car. What an embarrassment.

So, here's the deal. Again, do you agree that celebrity and stardom nowadays is often created, not earned?

And who's your favorite person to achieve such status?


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