A PERFECT STORM
17 May 2023
The Dirt Xtra
When you plan a fixture list, a number of checks and balances…
It’s like the Mary Celeste in here. Some may say that there is a distinct lack of blog roll in here as myself and the rest of my Dirt Xtra colleagues have clearly had a right dose of the old writer’s block.
Now I’m not criticising, not at all. I’ve been known to suffer that quite a lot from time to time over the last few seasons and this time of year is always a little bit difficult to comment on, given there is generally little to nothing actually happening.
Somewhat mercifully, the Championship was finally decided earlier this week with Poole emerging victorious to the surprise of probably nobody. Now, I’m not going to get into the politics of the why’s and the where’s and I’m not going to cast up any sort of negativity towards it, there’s already too much of that.
However, I do feel that the season should have been done and dusted long before it eventually was. Now, I realise the weather is always going to be the enemy of speedway and there is nothing much that can be done to combat that, but why were there so many blank dates in a summer where it was drier than the Sahara?
Food for thought perhaps.
This shouldn’t really have to be said but I am not knocking those in charge, nor am I becoming the pitchfork brigade, but I don’t think many people will disagree with me.
What does frustrate me though is when I log into Twitter and there are those who thrive on negativity and their timeline is filled with nothing but delight at British Speedway being shed in a negative light. These people have nothing to say when anything positive happens.
But, unlike my last two blogs here, I’m not going to shed any more spotlight on these cretins.
Whilst we don’t know the full details of the points limits, rules or regulations for next season we do know that the Championship sides will meet twice at home and twice away, which means more fixtures to complete. If the fixtures are planned out well enough, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Another thing we don’t know at this point is whether the playoffs will be returning, and these are an opinion divider for many fans.
While I agree with the premise that the team that finishes top of the league after the regular fixtures should be crowned the league winners, there is an air of excitement that surrounds the playoffs.
Generally speaking, the playoffs deliver fantastic racing and the Premiership final in particular were a couple of fantastic meetings with a little bit of everything. In fact, you could say that it was everything British Speedway could and arguably should be.
Not only that, but the playoff meetings generally attract larger crowds and as such are a good money spinner for the clubs involved, what’s not to like about that?
I get there will be those who don’t like the idea of the league being decided on the result of essentially a one-off meeting but what are those folks’ opinions on the GP Series deciding the World Championship? Or do they prefer the one-off World Final days?
I’d be genuinely interested to know.
Getting back to Bandits business though and this weekend sees us bring the curtain down on 2022 with the annual end of season bash. Now for those who have thought I’ve been quiet on here recently; I’ve been busy putting together rider reviews for the event and those are always fun for me.
Get yourself along to hear them.
Another thing that we will find out is who wins rider of the year for both the Bandits and the Bullets.
Now, this is just me surmising and in no way is this official, but I dare say that there may be a little speculation as to what the Bandits side may look like in 2023.
There’s only one way to find out and that is to be there.
Where? Radio Rooms, Tweedmouth.
When? This Friday at 7:30.
If you see me there, feel free to buy me a Diet Coke, as I’ll sadly be driving! Or alternatively, use that money to buy Steve Hayward a beer, he’s gonna be a busy boy and as such he’ll be thirstier than me.
Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply wish to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via the JB Speedway Media Facebook page. If your compliments, or indeed gripes can be contained to limited characters you can tweet @Mythman666.
Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right, I’ll hae’tae gan.