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Danica Patrick and Jay Mohr Awards Show Tiff Was Overblown

Nov 3, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) during qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2013

So, did you hear the one where Jay Mohr made a clever joke about Danica Patrick at the Sprint Cup banquet, Patrick appeared to find the rib less than amusing and the Internet absolutely blew up about the whole thing, as it is wont to do?

Yeah, me too. And frankly, I think the whole thing was blown just a bit out of proportion. And by "just a bit," I mean incredibly blown out of proportion. 

In essence, Mohr joked about Patrick—who was seated near the front of the auditorium—being unaccustomed to being near the front. She didn't really laugh. He then made a joke or two about her boyfriend, driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Patrick still didn't laugh. Mohr felt the need to address the lack of laughter in another segment, but Patrick later got a chance to take a dig at Mohr and everything was cleaned up neat and tidy.

Here's the replay, in case you didn't find the above paragraph scintillating enough.

But, of course, the Internet blew up, with a ton of folks castrating Mohr for daring to make such a joke about Patrick, while another angry mob with pitchforks and lanterns was incensed that Patrick "couldn't take a joke."

Maybe she just didn't think it was that funny, you guys. As in, not because the joke was about her, but because it just didn't tickle the ol' funny bone. It's not like it was Richard Pryor funny or anything, after all.

But we all need something to overreact about, right, so why not this?

Sure, Patrick could have chuckled. I mean, was she really expecting to get off scot-free at an awards show, where a bit of roasting is par for the course? But skewering her over Twitter because of it?

Get a life.

Patrick is always going to be a lightning rod no matter what she does or says. As the the first woman to ever win the pole at the Daytona 500—and as a sex symbol on the other side of her fame's spectrum—she has a way of eliciting a response with every action or quote.

Sometimes the responses are warranted. But on Friday night, they were pretty absurd.


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