"Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!" may work for the Iceman, but I don't recommend you try it on your spouse. (I hope he didn't try it either)
Plus, now, I doubt there are many leagues compatible with my time-zone / latency zone.
Long long ago I was in an ICRII league. We would each run our race and then email in the results along with the race replay and the times would be used to calculate the results. It wasn't perfect, but it was total hoot.
I agree that the adrenaline levels are much higher in online racing. I try to treat offline races as real as possible for that reason - no skipping outlaps/inlaps etc. But you can definitely get into the zone hot-lapping Monaco during qualifying.
Judging on past ISI performance there is no way I could justify a yearly fee. I payed once for BF2 (and a couple of expansion packs that added content) and played it for 5 years. BF3 was less of a deal but I'm still playing it weekly. Now if the yearly rF2 fee is only for online access and goes to managing servers, then I might spring for it since I wouldn't probably need to pay for stuff I'm not using.
I never played netkar but I'm hoping the AC hype lives up to potential. Truthfully pCARS seems a bit like a screenshot platform at the moment (okay, that was unfair). every couple of weeks I fire it up and then remember why I quit after about 5-10 minutes.