No, actually not. (And, DUDE, you forgot your "ponies will prance" line. You ill?)
Teams and drivers are up and down, season to season. This has always been the case. The red team has excelled mechanically, as well as strategically, and they have excellent drivers. (I love to say this; Michael types always get their collective panties in a wad when you don't say "The Greatest.") I enjoy the sport of it; I respect drivers and teams who just don't have the stuff (usually $$$) but who continue to show up (Eddie? Hello, Eddie?) and grind it out.
Also, when younger drivers start putting it together and moving up in the field, gaining confidence. That's good to see.
I confess to missing seeing MIka drive, and he and Michael battling it out.
Regardless, though, a great sport that I really enjoy learning more about.
So, no, don't feel at all like Charlie B. I had a pretty good sense this year we'd be doing more punting than field goal-kicking anyway. Slatz, as you know, McTeam has had fair results ALL YEAR when it comes to practice. But practice ain't much when it can't get you into the first couple rows.
Here's to a GREAT race.