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Kyle Busch’s NASCAR championship a comeback story for the ages

Get Used to Hearing it – Kyle Busch Sprint Cup Champion

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Kyle Busch did more in 25 races than almost every other driver did in 36.

Kyle Busch Champion

Kyle Busch Champion

Busch won five races, second only to Joey Logano’s six. He finished with five wins, 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 25 races — championship numbers by any measure.

Shortly after returning from a severely broken leg, Busch went on one of the most amazing streaks in recent years, winning four of five races to not only make him eligible for the Chase, but prove emphatically that he belonged there.

The new Chase is all about winning races — that’s how you qualify for the Chase and earn a guaranteed spot. Busch met that qualification, and then some.

Once in the Chase, Busch raced smartly and consistently and did everything he had to do to make it to the championship race. Once there, he rose to the occasion, winning the season finale to capture the championship.

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Kyle and Family

Kyle and Family

To people bitching that he did not run every race – There is no rule, and never has been a rule, that states you must run every race. The rule that was waived is.
” attempt to qualify for every race”. That was the rule that was waived due to medical issues!! Boohoo!! He is the 2015 Champion!!! Get used to hearing that!

 

Even Larry McReynolds Said Something Good About Kyle

To see what Kyle Busch did, to me is the comeback of 2015, not just in motorsports, but in all professional sports. For anyone to deny that Kyle should have been a championship contender, well honestly, I have nothing left to say to those people.

Tom Jensen of Foxsports says:

There have been many unbelievable stories throughout the history of NASCAR. Now the one of Kyle Busch’s comeback to win the 2015 Sprint Cup title can be added to the long list.

But then, Kyle came back and caught fire, winning four races in a 5 race stretch. Busch didn’t win again until the season-ending race at Homestead, but he ended the year with that race win and four straight top-five finishes to win his first Sprint Cup championship for himself, the first for Toyota and the fourth for JGR.

Even Kevin Harvick, last year’s champion and a man who has locked horns with Busch on occasion, was impressed.

USA Today
Kyle Busch’s NASCAR championship a comeback story for the ages

Making NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup? Unthinkable, as Busch figured to be out until at least July. Winning his first career title? The kind of comeback only Disney could imagine

But that’s exactly what happened Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Busch pulling off another unlikely victory in the Ford EcoBoost 400 — his fifth of the season — to clinch his first career championship.

“He’s got that internal strength,” his brother, Kurt Busch, told USA TODAY Sports, his voice cracking. “That’s something my dad instilled in both of us.

The Best Car and Driver Won

The best car and driver outright beat them Sunday. He flat beat them all on the restart so he was the fastest. Phantom cautions happen all the time. He was going to win the championship without the caution.

I so much wish we would go back to the good old fashioned point sytem but it is what it is. Now somebody will win the Daytona 500 and be in the chase for next year immediately. That is bizarre.

Kyle Busch did more in 25 races than almost every other driver did in 36.

Busch won five races, second only to Joey Logano’s six. He finished with five wins, 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 25 races — championship numbers by any measure.

Shortly after returning from a severely broken leg, Busch went on one of the most amazing streaks in recent years, winning four of five races to not only make him eligible for the Chase, but prove emphatically that he belonged there.

The new Chase is all about winning races — that’s how you qualify for the Chase and earn a guaranteed spot. Busch met that qualification, and then some.

Once in the Chase, Busch raced smartly and consistently and did everything he had to do to make it to the championship race. Once there, he rose to the occasion, winning the season finale to capture the championship.

No asterisk* – get used to hearing it – Kyle Busch Sprint cup champion.

Championship weekend was a banner one for the 30-year-old Busch. In addition to his Sprint Cup championship, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship on Friday night and KBM won the owner’s championship in that series.

Celebration

Busch joined “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday morning to chat – from his airplane somewhere “over Washington, D.C.” nonetheless – about the celebration, which started for him about seven hours after the checkered flag fell.

Busch’s tour on Monday included appearances on ESPN SportsCenter, FS1 RaceHub, NASCAR America and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

On Tuesday, he will make appearances on FOX and Friends, Live! With Kelly and Michael, SiriusXM and at Facebook and ESPN.

Denny Hamlin to Kyle Busch: Way to ‘pound ’em in the ground’

When the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kicked off with a media event in downtown Chicago, defending champion Kevin Harvick indicated he had a simple plan for the red-hot Joe Gibbs Racing team.

“I think we’re going to pound them into the ground,” Harvick said of the JGR teams during the Chase-opening media event in Chicago. “That’s what I think. Hopefully, they can beat themselves.”

Windsor Ontario Horseracing History

Greatest Horse “Match Race” of All Time

Back in October 1920 one of the most anticipated and hotly contested horse races in the world took place at Kenilworth Race Track (Windsor Ontario). It was the first horse race ever filmed in its entirety, and had a purse of $75,000 (about $747,000 in 2008 dollars).

Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo

A match race between two of the most famous and successful horses of the time.

Sir Barton was owned by Commander J.K.L. Ross of Montreal.

 

 

 

Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo

Sir Barton was horse racing’s first triple crown winner, capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo

Man o’ War was one of the most dominating and impressive horses of all time, Man o’ War is considered by many to be the greatest Thoroughbred racehorse of all time. In 21 career races, Man o’ War won 20 of them. The only one he lost was in 1919, was under dubious circumstances.

 

 

 

 

The race at Kenilworth Park was filmed. They had a capacity crowd. Reports at the time put attendance at more than 20,000.

The final start of Man o’ War’s career came in Windsor Ontario Canada in the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup (the first race to be filmed in its entirety). For this 1¼-mile match race, Man o’ War ran against Sir Barton but easily drew away in the first furlong and was slowed to win by seven lengths. Over his two-year career, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 races, setting three world records, two American records and three track records.

The Kenilworth Park Gold Cup was in actuality a “match race” between Sir Barton and Man o’ War. Another champion horse named Exterminator, was invited to compete in the race, since Canada did not allow match races. Due to the owners of the three not coming to a compromise on the conditions of the race, Exterminator was scratched, and in fact raced that same day on a different track.

Man O’ War – Only Loss

In the early 1900s, there were no starting gates. Horses circled around and then lined up behind a piece of webbing known as the barrier and were sent away when it was raised. In Man o’ War’s only loss, the Sanford Memorial Stakes, he was still circling with his back to the starting line when the barrier was raised (though some accounts give other reasons). After Man o’ War turned around, he already was far behind the starters. Jockey Johnny Loftus put Man o’ War in a bad position, getting boxed in by other horses. Despite this, he came close to winning, losing by a half-length.

 

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Deceptive Excalibur Facebook Promotion

Excalibur Give-Away Not What It Appeared

Excalibur Crossbow Credibility Takes Hit By My Standards

Excalibur recently tried to make it appear as if they were going to give away four new MICRO 335 crossbows but it was a neatly presented farce. They ran a promotion on Facebook that encourages people to share their Facebook page. It strongly hints at winning a new crossbow and INCLUDES a hat and shirt.

I did see the notification that I was a winner. Unfortunately I did not win a crossbow. I got a measly hat and shirt.

WHAT A CRUEL THING TO DO! How could any respectful company treat people’s emotions this way and create such an emotional disappointment?

You be the judge. On the promotion page they show a particular crossbow spec sheet. WTF

Excalibur Crossbows Deceptive Promotion

Excalibur Crossbows Deceptive Promotion

When I tried to claim my award, here is the answer I received.

There seems to be a misunderstanding with this. If you view the post where we started the giveaway it clearly states a hat and shirt promo pack. Unfortunately the giveaway was never a new Micro. You are still a winner and we will be shipping you the promo pack today. Congrats!

Sadly I have just seen the credibility of Excalibur Crossbows take a huge drop.

Yeah I know- Read the Fine Print Carefully!

See Also Excalibur Crossbows Integrity Questioned

You May Have Seen This Chain Letter

I Wrongly Perpetuated Incorrect Information

Yes, I wrongly perpetuated a chain email providing grossly inaccurate information and for that I apologize. I try to stick to authenticated facts and sometimes we get caught up in the moment and jump all over information about emotionally sensitive subjects.

The Complete Story As Explained by Those Who Know Their Facts

Have you heard rumours that refugees in Canada receive greater assistance from the government than pensioners?

For several years, a persistent chain email has been circulating claiming that refugees receive significantly more money in income assistance than Canadians collecting a pension.  The information, which is based on a letter published in the Toronto Star, is false.

Refugees come to Canada in different ways, but no matter the category, refugees receive very limited income assistance from the government.

The true picture is that: •Refugee claimants and refugees recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board receive no special income assistance.  They may, depending on provincial regulations, be entitled, like other residents, to social assistance. •Privately sponsored refugees are not entitled to government assistance (including provincial assistance) during the period of their sponsorship (usually for one year after arrival in Canada).  Their income support must be provided by their sponsors. •Government assisted refugees have access to financial assistance from the federal government through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP).  This financial assistance is generally for one year maximum and is received only if they do not have their own financial resources or income.  The exact rate depends on the size of the family and is tied to social assistance rates.  In Ontario, for example, a single person receives $635 per month.  In addition, government-assisted refugees are entitled to a one-time set up allowance, to cover such things as clothes, basic household effects and installation of a phone.  For a single person there is a maximum allowance of $905.

Most resettled refugees arrive in Canada with a significant debt burden, since they are expected to repay the Canadian government for their transportation to Canada as well as the cost of their medical examination undertaken as part of their processing to come to Canada.  Refugee families therefore often begin life in Canada with a debt running to thousands of dollars.  Interest is charged on this loan at a rate set by the Department of Finance each year.

For more information on transportation loans for resettled refugees and the devastating impacts they have, see: http://www.ccrweb.ca/transportationloans.htm and http://www.ccrweb.ca/documents/loansEN.pdf

Have you received a chain email or read a letter to the editor spreading this false information? •‘Don’t believe everything you read in the paper…’ The same applies to the Internet!  •Think before you click –Sending on this email can have devastating impacts.  It spreads false rumours, hurting people who have already suffered in their home countries. Let’s offer them a better welcome to Canada than unfounded stigmas and prejudices.

How can you set the record straight? •Respond to the email with correct information and facts to the person who sent you this false information.  Give them the facts.  Ask them to send this information on to everyone that they sent the message to.  Here is a sample email message that you can use:

The information in this email is FALSE.

Passing it on can have devastating impacts.  It spreads false rumours, hurting people who have already suffered in their home countries. Let’s show them a better welcome to Canada than unfounded stigmas and prejudices.

Put yourself in the shoes of a refugee in Canada – the TRUE picture is that:

Refugees come to Canada in one of three ways: as refugee claimants, as privately sponsored refugees, or as government sponsored refugees.  No matter which of these three ways refugees comes to Canada, they are entitled to at most limited income assistance from the government. •Refugee claimants and refugees recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board in Canada receive no specific income assistance.  Depending on the province, they may be entitled, like other residents, to social assistance. •Privately sponsored refugees are not entitled to government assistance (including provincial assistance) during the period of their sponsorship (usually for one year after arrival in Canada). •Government-assisted refugees may qualify for financial help only if they do not have their own financial resources or income and in most cases for one year maximum.  The exact rate depends on the size of the family and is tied to social assistance rates.  In Ontario, for example, a single person receives $635 per month.  Government-assisted refugees are allowed a one-time set up allowance for things like clothes, basic household good and telephone installation.  For a single person there is a one-time allowance up to a maximum of $905. •On top of a limited income, refugees sponsored by the government also arrive with a huge debt because they have to repay Canada for their travel costs.  Imagine arriving in Canada owing a debt greater than what you earned in your entire working life.  Many government-assisted refugees do just that and they must pay back the costs of their transportation to Canada, with interest.  For some families this can be as much as $10,000.  This is a huge burden for a refugee family that is starting fresh in a new country, with a new language to learn and few connections.  For more information, see: http://www.ccrweb.ca/transportationloans.htm

Please send this information back to anyone who has received this false information to set the record straight. For more information see the websites of the department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/refugees/index.asp#support) and the Canadian Council for Refugees (http://www.ccrweb.ca/transportationloans.htm). •Post a response to this chain email on your website or in your blog, with the correct information. •If the rumour is circulating widely in your community, talk to journalists at your local radio station or community newspaper to produce a piece with the correct information.  Take the opportunity to raise the realities and challenges faced by refugees in your community.

Looking for more information?

Explanation of the origins of the email by Toronto Star ombudsperson (below)

You Asked For It, article published by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Sept.-Oct. 2005, responding to the chain email PDF

Citizenship and Immigration Canada: True or False? Refugees receive more financial assistance from the federal government than Canadian pensioners.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Frequently Asked Questions about financial support to refugees

For details on income assistance entitlements, please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada manual, IP 3, part 2 on RAP available at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/ip/index.asp

For a rebuttal of a US version of the myth, see Snopes.com (a site dedicated to getting the facts on urban legends)

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The Toronto Star ombudsperson published the following explanation of the origins of the email:

“Today’s rather sad and twisted tale began last March when the Star published a feature about plans to settle hundreds of African refugees in smaller Canadian cities. It was a simple story: Canada and the United Nations were flying asylum-seekers from a Somali refugee camp to new lives in centres such as Hamilton. As immigration/diversity reporter Nicholas Keung wrote, immigration officials hope to encourage (but not force) refugees to make new lives outside the magnet cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. “We hope by relocating them all together and resettling them as a whole to the same community, we can create a positive environment to help them integrate into the Canadian society successfully,” an immigration official explained.

Fine and dandy. But halfway through the 1,500-word article, unforeseen trouble was lurking. In paragraph 16, the story said single refugees are eligible for $1,890 from Ottawa as a “start-up allowance, along with a $580 monthly social assistance, depending on how soon the person is able to find employment.” In addition, they get “a night lamp, a table, a chair and a single bed from the government,” the story said. In painful hindsight, those details could have been clearer. Actually, the $1,890 “start-up allowance” – including a $580 monthly social assistance cheque from Ottawa – was a one-time payment for basic household needs such as furnishings, pots and linens. The furniture is used. In quick order, two things happened after the article ran. First, a reader sent a nasty e-mail to the reporter. Among other things, it said charity begins at home and Canada should not “roll out the welcome mat” for refugees. The e-mailer assumed – erroneously – that the refugees would collect $2,470 a month. They’d be better off than Canadian pensioners.

More worrisome, the polemicist sent his rant to 100 recipients, some of whom likely spread the word to wider audiences. Ah, the wonders of the Internet! Alarmed by the e-mail, reporter Keung tried to contact the sender. It was too late. Having spread the misinformation, the e-mailer already had changed his address. At the same time, a second development occurred. The Star ran a letter to the editor that said the $2,470 “compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 years can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement. “Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees?” reasoned the writer.

Readers may not realize that fact checking of letters to the editor is nearly impossible at most daily papers, given limited staff resources and unforgiving deadlines. Although many mistakes are caught, the occasional doozer gets through. That was definitely the case here. Over the next several months, it became increasingly clear a disturbing urban myth had been born. Various offices at the Star have been getting e-mails from around the world, usually one or two a week. Many quote from the erroneous letter to the editor, expressing varying degrees of curiosity, dismay, envy or anger. “Let’s send this to all Canadians,” one e-mail roared, “so we can all be p—– off and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the pensioners up to $2,470 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the government over the last 40 or 50 years.” In hindsight, the ombud now wishes he’d issued a speedy clarification to help set the record straight. But with information (and misinformation) moving at warp speed on the Internet, I doubt there was a silver bullet for the problem. Maybe this column can help dispel a damaging misperception about refugees and pensioners. Please tell your friends.”  (Toronto Star, Nov. 27, 2004.  Reproduced with permission – Torstar Syndication Services).

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One version of the email reads as follows:

Only in Canada.

Do not apply for your old age pension. Apply to be a refugee. It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00.

This compares very well to a single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 or 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

Let’s send this thought to as many Canadians as we can and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012.00 and the pensioners up to $2,470.00, so they can enjoy the money they were forced to submit to the Canadian government for those 40 to 50 years.

Please forward this to every Canadian you know.

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