I've written several times that Nature's Bakery seems like a great fit as Danica Patrick's sponsor, but apparently things aren't as rosy as I thought. I read today that Stewart-Haas Racing is suing Nature's Bakery for failing to pay the agreed-upon sponsorship fees, dating back to sometime last season. Of course, Nature's Bakery is claiming that Stewart-Haas Racing failed to live up to their end of the bargain, claiming that Danica and her team endorsed competing products and failed to endorse Nature's Bakery enough during the sponsorship period. I wonder if Danica will have to scramble to find a new sponsor for the upcoming season? Apparently Danica attended her recent press engagements wearing her TaxAct firesuit instead of the Nature's Bakery suit, and she has updated her social media profiles to show her and her car in the alternate branding. Fox Sports mentioned an interesting factoid, that the $15 million annual fee works out to $30,000 for each Nature's Bakery employee, so it could be that Nature's Bakery overestimated the sales increase that would result from this partnership, or maybe they planned to bail out without payment eventually anyway? It's an unfortunate situation all around, and I will be interested to see how it plays out.
This card came to me as part of a Danica Patrick lot that I purchased near the end of October. This one is a Metal Materials relic card from 2016 Panini Torque Racing, and it is numbered # 097 / 249. It's got two pieces of sheet metal embedded in it. They are relatively plain swatches, but that's not really a problem for me.
That was a heck of a Super Bowl. I thought for sure the Falcons were going to win that game, but the New England Tom Brady's just went out and took it back. Just ridiculous. The Falcons had plenty of opportunities to put an end to it, but they just couldn't do it. They just had to stop one drive or prevent one 2-pt. conversion to win. I bet Matt Ryan would trade that MVP award he just got for a Super Bowl trophy, because Tom Brady was the better quarterback on the only night that really matters in the NFL. The worst part is that we now have to listen to an entire year of smug Patriots fans spouting off about their team.