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Jones-Drew wants to own a NASCAR team

Now that Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has gotten a big-money deal, he apparently feels like he needs to spend some of it.

So why not invest in a sport whose popularity is quickly eroding?

According to the Associated Press, Jones-Drew wants to own a NASCAR team.

“I’d be the best,” he said.  “I’m a driver’s owner.  What you need I got for you.  I’ll make sure everything you need you got.  But in return, you got to be strict.  We have rules.”

Patriots receiver Randy Moss owns a team that runs in the Craftsman Truck Series, and two-time former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has been a long-time NASCAR owner.

And that’s the full extent of our knowledge regarding a sport premised on one of the more basic everyday human tasks — driving a car.

What’s next?  Synchronized vacuuming?

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  1. Alstott4ever says: Feb 11, 2010 8:48 PM

    Florio, just shut up. If NASCAR was just an everyday human tasks, everyone would be doing it. I would love to see you drive a one of those car’s 190 mph and not crash and burn to death. I love what you have done with PFT, but sometimes it seems like you really need to just shut the f up and go work for some gay liberal publication like TMZ.

  2. HarrisonHits says: Feb 11, 2010 8:51 PM

    He has no idea of the expense involved and the amount of money he’ll have to sink into it. Those teams have a huge infrastructure behind them and a driver can go through a lot of cars in a single season. Big money in the NFL is not the same as big money in Nascar. He’ll need an awful lot of sponsorship help just like they all do.

  3. PatricktheDookie says: Feb 11, 2010 8:52 PM

    Nascar’s popularity is not quickly eroding. With Danica driving in the Nationwide Series, they’re getting crazy coverage.

  4. IAVikefan says: Feb 11, 2010 8:58 PM

    Florio, as much as i firmly beleive that the NFL rules all other sports, you making fun of NASCAR and saying it has “eroding popularity” is about as retarded as the old WCW announcers that used to call the Super Bowl the “Stupid Bowl” and claim that their pay-per-veiw during super bowl sunday would be the the “event to watch”…
    Right. I encourage you to watch the Daytona 500 on Sunday. You’ll see more fans by thousands that even Jerrah Jone’s temple would even think of holding, more sponsership than the NFL could even afford to buy, and you may want to check the tv ratings… other than the Super Bowl, and playoff games, NASCAR easily blows nfl games out of the water… it’s not even close.
    Not to bad for a sport who’s name stands for:
    Non
    Athletic
    Sport
    Centered
    Around
    Rednecks

  5. footy_29 says: Feb 11, 2010 9:09 PM

    I can tell you’re elated about this news…

  6. ForceEight says: Feb 11, 2010 9:14 PM

    Florio, please shut up. You’re a douchebag, and I don’t want your opinions.
    First off, where is your evidence that the sport’s popularity is eroding?
    Secondly, it’s the Camping World Truck Series. Craftsman left the building years ago.
    Thirdly, MJD would need a lot more money for that to happen.

  7. dafish says: Feb 11, 2010 9:15 PM

    And you wonder why so many athletes are broke within 5 years of retirement…
    NASCAR is by far the worst sports investment anyone not named Rick Hendrick or Jack Roush or Roger Penske could make.
    The word was that Joe Gibbs came back to the Skins to secure sponsorship from Fed Ex for his 3rd team.

  8. EG says: Feb 11, 2010 9:15 PM

    “And that’s the full extent of our knowledge regarding a sport premised on one of the more basic everyday human tasks — driving a car.
    What’s next? Synchronized vacuuming?”
    And I guess you could rationalize playing football down to “carrying an item to a designated area”
    Not that I like NASCAR, but it’s more than just a basic everyday human task when you’re trying to compete against other drivers at such high speeds

  9. packers4life says: Feb 11, 2010 9:17 PM

    “regarding a sport premised on one of the more basic everyday human tasks — driving a car.”
    Yes Florio. You see humans driving a 3400 lb machine going nearly 200 mph in a car that has no air conditioning everyday.

  10. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Feb 11, 2010 9:23 PM

    Do Jones-Drew’s proposed “rules” include making a right turn once in a while? If so, count me in. If not, I’ll continue on with my nap when NASCAR is being discussed.

  11. Slow Joe says: Feb 11, 2010 9:26 PM

    MJD: “Okay, now turn left! Now…turn left again! Okay, hit the gas and….TURN LEFT AGAIN!”

  12. JohnComp12 says: Feb 11, 2010 9:27 PM

    Theres a difference between driving and driving a car 200 mph with another car literally 2 inches in front of you and 2 inches behind you. Id love to see you jump in a nascar and drive if, if you can even reach the pedals.

  13. RavensFreak00 says: Feb 11, 2010 9:28 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! But seriously, he should do his research and NOT do that.

  14. MakingitRain says: Feb 11, 2010 9:29 PM

    Driving a car at 200 mph with 42 other cars 2 inches apart on a course that bis only 1.5 mile long is nothing like vacuuming!!! You loserrr!!! You can’t watch footballl 52 weeks a year…

  15. Abe Froeman says: Feb 11, 2010 9:30 PM

    This will get fun.

  16. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 11, 2010 9:36 PM

    ====”I’d be the best,” he said. “I’m a driver’s owner. What you need I got for you. I’ll make sure everything you need you got. But in return, you got to be strict. We have rules======
    So he incorrectly uses “got” as a synonym for “have” three times, but then at the end he does use “have”.
    Which one is it?

  17. Dr. Hannibal Lector says: Feb 11, 2010 9:49 PM

    Yet again more not so veiled crap. This post is about nothing other than ripping on something, not about someone in the NFL. Given the pointlessness of this post, I think we all know what it’s really about.

  18. LewD says: Feb 11, 2010 9:51 PM

    Synchronized vacuuming?
    sign me up!

  19. TFBuckFutter says: Feb 11, 2010 10:00 PM

    If there is one other thing people who like NASCAR also like it is definitely black people.

  20. Josh Pugh says: Feb 11, 2010 10:13 PM

    NASCAR is about as much of a sport as competitive knitting. Why would anyone pay $100+ to go see a race when they can could just plop a chair in front of any interstate for free!

  21. Yellow Ledbetter says: Feb 11, 2010 10:41 PM

    Let me preface this comment by saying that I’m nothing more than a casual fan of auto racing. That being said, it’s kind of ironic that NBC doesn’t air Nascar, or they’d have you write a blog about it and you would post articles telling us how thrilling it is, and to visit the site.

  22. El Colon says: Feb 11, 2010 11:05 PM

    Florio is just having fun at your expense NASCAR fans. The more you guy into it, the more expensive it gets!!!
    I thought it was a funny post – that became funnier after reading the comments!!

  23. DoughBoyRAC says: Feb 11, 2010 11:12 PM

    He’ll be great! He just missed the diversity awards that gives trophys just for the color of one’s skin.
    Sounds like the federal government!
    Good luck, Jones-Drew! Maybe you can get an affirmative-action bonus on your qualifying runs!

  24. Bigbluefan says: Feb 11, 2010 11:13 PM

    Please just once make a right

  25. LL Live says: Feb 11, 2010 11:38 PM

    It could be worse, he could have decided to go to law school….
    Put you in one of those cars and you would shit your pants Florio!

  26. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 11, 2010 11:43 PM

    “What’s next? Synchronized vacuuming?”
    Maybe random typing. NBC will replace you with a room full of retarded chimpanzees one day.

  27. RichattheLake says: Feb 12, 2010 1:12 AM

    Let’s recap shall we?
    1. NASCAR draws huge TV ratings & Danica Patrick coming over to the nationwide Series will only help the ratings even more.
    2. NBC doesn’t televise NASCAR.
    3. NBC televises exactly one NFL game a week, a Notre Dame game now & then, no baseball, no basketball, no auto racing of any type. Is televising the Olympics every 2 years pretty much the scope of the SPORTS in NBC SPORTS?
    4. So why not take the TYPICAL NBC tact, mock everything you don’t like, understand, can’t televise or agree with.
    5. The more self important Florio becomes, his once great site becomes more & more lame. I believe it is the definition of “quickly eroding”

  28. Vikes#28Owns says: Feb 12, 2010 1:26 AM

    I don’t watch NASCAR myself and thought it was very popular. But for all the people that went crazy at this post consider reading this:
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2009-11-26-nascar-ratings-chris-spielman_N.htm

  29. SpartaChris says: Feb 12, 2010 2:06 AM

    In the middle of summer, turn your AC off, roll up your windows and turn your heater on. Make sure you’re wearing pants and long sleeves too. Now try driving for 500 miles at a stretch, and the come back and tell me those guys aren’t in pretty good shape.
    For our next exercise, try getting into a multi-car wreck, rolling your car several times or hitting the wall at 180 mph and then telling me NASCAR isn’t a contact sport.

  30. Akshun says: Feb 12, 2010 3:56 AM

    i dont even like nascar but you’re the exact definition of a “hater”

  31. kaprieli says: Feb 12, 2010 7:10 AM

    KEYWORD: Invest
    The kid has a good head on his shoulders Florio. Be positive you nerd.

  32. TFBuckFutter says: Feb 12, 2010 7:13 AM

    “DoughBoyRAC says:
    February 11, 2010 11:12 PM
    He’ll be great! He just missed the diversity awards that gives trophys just for the color of one’s skin.
    Sounds like the federal government!
    Good luck, Jones-Drew! Maybe you can get an affirmative-action bonus on your qualifying runs!”
    CALLED IT!
    “TFBuckFutter says:
    February 11, 2010 10:00 PM
    If there is one other thing people who like NASCAR also like it is definitely black people.”

  33. swepsgirl18 says: Feb 12, 2010 8:16 AM

    TO JONES-DREW: DO NOT! I REPEAT DO NOT EVEN THINK YOU CAN HANG W/ THE REDNECKS OF NASCAR. STAY IN WHAT YOU KNOW AND LEAVE THE CARS TO THE REAL MEN! WE DO NOT NEED ANY THUGS IN THE LAST PURE AMERICAN SPORT!!!!!!!

  34. jj jones says: Feb 12, 2010 8:28 AM

    “RichattheLake says:
    February 12, 2010 1:12 AM
    3. NBC televises exactly one NFL game a week, a Notre Dame game now & then, no baseball, no basketball, no auto racing of any type. Is televising the Olympics every 2 years pretty much the scope of the SPORTS in NBC SPORTS?”
    Don’t forget poker. Don’t they air the Preakness also?

  35. Jagmankane says: Feb 12, 2010 8:50 AM

    Nascar admits the ratings are eroding. That is why they are “letting the boys play” this coming up season. That is why they allowed Danica to come from F1.
    Maybe MJD HAS done his research and if he takes a similar route to what Moss did, it’s a safe go at something new. I mean, it is HIS money, and if he doesn’t spend it, SOMEWHERE, the government will take it.
    @Notorious V.I.C. , MJD is a football player not an English teacher. Sorry if pocket Hercules didn’t use the proper grammar you were looking for, douche.

  36. Hap says: Feb 12, 2010 9:09 AM

    Of course MoJo Dr. wants a Nascar team. We all want to own a Nascar team. It’s BIG $.

  37. Raiders757 says: Feb 12, 2010 10:02 AM

    Josh Pugh says: February 11, 2010 10:13 PM
    NASCAR is about as much of a sport as competitive knitting. Why would anyone pay $100+ to go see a race when they can could just plop a chair in front of any interstate for free!
    —————————————————
    Anyone who believes this load of garbage has no clue as to what the true definition of sport is. Believe it or not, if there is a such thing as competitive knitting, it would fall under the definition of sport.
    I have no problem with those who don’t like auto racing, but I do have one with those who open their trap and spew complete and utter nonsense about it. If you don’t like it, fine. Just say so, and leave it at that.
    In NASCARS case. They hit their peak a few years back, then started fiddling with everything. The result has become a rather bland product. Add that with gouging at the ticket booths, and you get a slight decline in popularity. NASCAR has realized this, and loosened up the chains a little, giving drivers a little more freedom to govern themselves. Overbearing rules started to get in the way of all the great rivalries and drama, which the sport depends on. Things got a little too vanilla.
    The NFL could learn from this. There is a point where you got to stop tweaking things, as well as a point where you have to put a cap on ticket prices, or one day we’ll be seeing the NFL going through the very same thing. It’s inevitable. It’s hard to imagine something like that happening right now, but it can, and it will.

  38. TealDeal says: Feb 12, 2010 10:11 AM

    I’m pretty sure it was tongue in cheek.
    He was taking up time to not talk about Tebow (who he was there with, they each were the grand whatever of the twin 125s).

  39. damnitall says: Feb 12, 2010 1:46 PM

    @Bigbluefan says:
    February 11, 2010 11:13 PM
    Please just once make a right
    Try watching the June 20 race at Sonoma CA and the August 8 race at Watkins Glen, NY. They’re called ‘road course’ races.

  40. RichattheLake says: Feb 12, 2010 3:07 PM

    Thank you jj.jones & spartachris,
    You both nailed it, driving a stock car is extremely demanding & dangerous.
    I did neglect the Preakness & the most overexposed “Sport(?)” on television, poker. What was I thinking?
    For the knuckleheads spouting the racial crap, get a life, MJD isn’t a “thug”. If he wants to spend his hard-earned $$ in NASCAR, so be it. Grow up.
    And Florio is comparing NASCAR to “synchronized vacuuming”? Without question NBC’s poker coverage is riveting, but now we can watch the death-defying sport of curling on NBC’s fabulous Olympic coverage. For the faint of heart, please look away, it’s much more thrilling to watch than poker.
    I love to play poker, but watching it on television is much closer to “synchronized vacuuming” Careful Florio, your elitest lawyer arrogance is showing.
    Welcome to the sport MJD, good luck.

  41. ochostinko says: Feb 13, 2010 11:00 AM

    Florio, you are idiot. First of all, if you had enough common sense to go to nascar.com you would figure out that it is no longer called the Craftsman Truck Series. Nice reporting. Secondly, I would love to see your sorry ass straped into one of those cars going 190+ MPH since it is such a “basic human task.”

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