I'd probably find this next story more absurd if it weren't for the fact my fave M*A*S*H* episode may well be the one where with the Buddhist priestess running around exorcising the bad spirits from the 4077. But that's neither here nor there.
Anyhow, officials from Talladega Superspeedway invited Robert Thrower, a Creek medicine man, to remove a curse which according to local legend was placed on the land at the time of the Trail of Tears. (He is also reported as being a Baptist minister along with being a medicine man. Yeah, I'm going to have to check if that's even possible).
The curse in question is blamed for any and all sorts of calamity that has happened at Talladega over the years. Doug Demmons (insert irony here) of The Birmingham News chimed in to add this little nugget:
Maybe restoring balance to Talladega Superspeedway will also restore a sense of balance to a certain famous driver who has experienced great success there but who has lately been feeling frustrated and out of control.
Gee, I wonder who he could be talking about?...
Seriously, I could name any and all sorts of curses that need to be removed from NASCAR:
1)The Car of Tomorrow (I worry about exactly which "Tomorrow" this car comes from. Sadly I fear its from the time when Nicolae Carpathia walks the Earth, and Dippin' Dots are the only desserts allowed.)
2)Jimmy Johnson's string of Chase for the Cup victories.
3)The Chase for the Cup, period.
4)Caution flags every time I blink.
5)The Gopher Cam (at least the "gopher" part)
6)Jeremy Mayfield's personal issues.
7)Tony Stewart's Burger King commercials.
(via Deadspin and Blog of Tommorow)