Originally posted by CorajudoBesides, if you guys are screaming about deducting 25 points, then you'd really be upset about him being suspended.
Not really, no. Then you can argue the severity of the penalty, and it probably wouldn't even interest me. My problem with taking points off the board, whether against Earnhardt or the shmuck it happened to the first time, is that they're tweaking results for an offense unrelated to the contest in question. You don't mess with the results of a sporting event unless something illegal was done to influence them. I'm not an Earnhardt fan, I'm not even a NASCAR fan..my objection isn't with the severity, but the nature of the penalty. It was a stupid precedent to set.
I think he was thinking he'd get dozens of chances to beat his world record in the future years - he's sure young enough - but never another chance to celebrate destroying a field like this in the Olympics.