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Muppets? Kermit and Co are in good company....

By Burning Rubber on Feb 12, 08 03:48 PM

DANIEL Day Lewis is a muppet.

Yes, you heard correctly. I have just likened one of movieland's most prolific stars to a puppet from a 70s TV show.

And you may be wondering what on earth a certain Mr Day Lewis and a pretty bad telly show - albeit with a funky theme tune - has possibly got to do with motorsport.

Well......it's all thanks to that multiple world champ Valentino Rossi and a bunch of notoriously scathing MotoGP fans.

The bunch in question are the regular users of the www.boardzero.com/motogpnews forum, and these guys - and girls - are renowned for not pulling any punches when it comes to opinions.

The general concensus appears to be that there are two kinds of MotoGP fan - the muppets, and the anti-Rossi brigade.

Muppet, or sometimes Yellow Muppet, is a name these guys have coined to define a Rossi fanatic.

It's really all about snobbery. Since Valentino burst onto the scene several years ago, viewers have turned on to the sport in their thousands.

It's like the Manchester United effect - everyone wants to be a Rossi fan. Being a Rossi fan means wearing bright yellow and flocking to Donington Park once a year with 70,000 other fans to cheer on your hero.

As a muppet, you will also believe that the Messiah was cruelly robbed of the last two championships, that both Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner somehow got lucky and that the only rider with any talent at all is Mr Rossi.

If you dare to have a different opinion, you will be shot down in flames because clearly, you don't have a clue about bike racing. If you don't think Rossi is king, you're an idiot. It's as simple as that.

On the other side of the coin, those people who make up the anti-Rossi brigade will delight in informing you that the only reason Valentino took championship after championship was not because he was the best, but because he didn't have any reasonable challengers (yeah, you work that one out).

These people will usually recall the days when they made up the 25-strong crowd at Donington Park on raceday, when there were usually just a couple of bikers, a man and his pet dog stood at Redgate.

It's these people who really hate the muppets. They hate the commercialism which has shoehorned its way into their sport on the back of Rossi, in all of its yellow glory.

They were there first. They were watching bike racing 20 years ago because they love it, and what they really, really detest is the effect Valentino has had.

Those after-race celebrations may be loved by the muppets, but they're detested by the antis, who will also take great delight when Vale gets beat, and will jump up and down with glee at first sight of his infamous 'sulky face'.

Me?....I'm collecting spelks - sitting on the fence with no real opinion either way. Personally I'm not a massive fan of Rossi as far as I found his total domination a bit boring.

After years of whinging about what I called the 'Rossi Cup', then seeing someone else win the title for the last two seasons has made MotoGP interesting again.

On the other hand, I still say Rossi is the greatest motorcycle racer of this generation without a shadow of a doubt, one who will go down in history whether or not he ever wins another championship.

But one man who isn't on the fence is the aforementioned Daniel Day Lewis. In the run-up to the BAFTA's, the legendary actor was asked about who he admired most in the world.

And who did he say? Yes, you've guessed it. Valentino Rossi.

DDL is a muppet. And proud.

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