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I was probably the only person not stoked about Metallica playing Saturday night. It’s not that I don’t like them, but they should not be your sole reason for going to the X Games. Although I have no problem with casual action sports fans or non-fans coming into the scene with an open mind, I do take issue with people talking loudly in the middle of an event or taking the good seats because James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett are playing the national anthem, only to leave before we even get to the finals. Plus there were so many people smoking in areas where it was not allowed. Although the rude individuals who didn’t care about rules or action sports made me grumpy, I still had a great full day of X Games.

RallyCar Racing

  • So much dust! VIP probably got it the worst because they were right at the first turn. The visibility was so bad that drivers were hitting each other and even missing the jump.
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  • I almost want to agree with my mom about how watching this on TV would be better because you’re not choking on dirt and can see the carnage up close. However, it’s not as exciting. Also I never fully understood the joker until I saw how it affect all the different positions. TV focuses on a few cars and areas so you don’t get the big picture of the strategy that goes into rally.
  • Ken Block and Travis Pastrana had really bad luck. So did Patrick Sandell. I felt for him because he fixed whatever was leaking in his car, but they wouldn’t let him back on the track due to broadcast time limits. I thought that was a pretty lame reason.
  • Scott Speed got reckless at the end of the final, but he was gonna finish first so we don’t need a bumper anymore, right?


Nearly a full day of watching the X Games has resulted in three pages of notes, and I thought I was being conservative with my note-taking.   It was cool that ABC is broadcasting the X Games again, but of course, a different event was being aired on on-line.  Really disliking this simulcast deal.

BMX thoughts

  • Guys came out swinging in BMX Freestyle Park with huge tricks and crazy transitions. Ex. Gary Young’s feeble to 270 attempt (he came so close to making it).
  • Using the full time of the run is important. Dennis Enarson was ahead because he had the speed and energy to keep going.
  • Kevin Robinson noted that the jam format is kind of tricky because when you have guys pulling out, like with vert the other night, there’s less time for you to recover and plan.
  • Everybody wondered why Daniel Dhers would skip a run when Dennis was ahead, but the conservation of energy worked in his favor.
  • This was the first time I think I’ve seen them go to a tie breaker in which the judges had to look at 3rd run scores.

Moto-X thoughts

  • Ramp jump is an interesting addition to the race track, seems like a freestyle touch. I wonder what the racers think.
  • Crashes put an end to the Ashley Fiolek-Jessica Patterson showdown.
  • Dear announcers, Sayaka Kaneshiro’s name is pronounced “Kah-nay-she-ro”, not “Kyan-na-shee-ro”.
  • The ladies were pulling some nice whips at the end.
  • The whoops were a big challenge for in both Women’s Moto-X and Speed and Style.
  • Speed and Style was like a trip down memory lanes. The competitors were the big guns from back in the day (when I really kept up with FMX). To put things into perspective, Todd Potter is the youngest rider at 26.
  • Todd also wins the Iron Man award for competing in 5 different X Games events (that’s more than the “Pastranathon”).
  • Carey Hart gets the Best Sportsmanship award. When Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg went down, he quit racing to check up on him. Granted, he was already qualified at that point, but he was helping out the medics.
  • Twitch broke his left tibia and right heel on that nasty fall.
  • I feel like I jinxed by Ashley and Twitch.
  • A lot of calculation has to go into Speed and Style: on one hand, you have to slow down to hit the jumps to flip, but on the other hand, you’re in a race.
  • The finals was Nate Adams vs. Mike Mason: 4-stroke vs. 2-stroke, underflip vs. 360 flip, style vs. speed. In the end, style won out since Nate was upside down more. However, Mace had a beautiful rock solid, which in my eyes, is an equally scary trick.
  • This year’s Speed and Style was less ridiculous but just as fun to watch. Nate is one happy FMX this weekend.

Rally thoughts

  • Travis Pastrana plans on racing on Sunday?! WTF, he can barely walk and get in the car! They’ve even had to tape his foot down.
  • Rally Car Racing is auto racing for people with A.D.D. It’s only two laps and you’ve got different terrain and tight corners so the viewers never get bored.
  • Brian Deegan’s car has jaws, LOL.  So typical Mulisha style.
  • “[Racing through downtown L.A.] legally is pretty incredible.” It sounds like Tanner Foust has taken Fast and the Furious off the movie set.
  • Lessons in not giving up: David Higgins winning his heat with a flat tire and Dave Mirra pushing all the way through until the end.
  • When you take the Joker lap is important because it will give you an extra edge.
  • The Tanner Foust-Liam Doran rivalry reminds me of the Travis Pastrana-Brian Deegan good vs. evil FMX battle.
  • Liam posted the fastest times in the quarterfinals and semis.
  • In stead of a good vs. evil battle, we had experience (Marcus Gronholm) vs. youth (Liam). One is very calculating and precise; the other is fast and wild.  Maybe I should take a cue from Liam and drive more aggressively (I’m an annoyingly slow driver).

Skateboarding thoughts

  • I was going to put Njyah Houston down as my prediction for the winner of Skateboard Street, but I was basing a lot of that from hype from previous years. I was also going to make Shaun White my prediction, but then I changed it.
  • Bob Burnquist is extremely beat up from past injuries and Big Air, yet he still put together an awesome run during qualifiers. He said sleeping in helped.
  • I loved the clip of Tony Hawk and Andy MacDonald doing doubles for fun. They’re the only six-peaters in X Games history (I think everybody just gave up on doubles because they kept winning).
  • The judges seem to like giving a score of 82.66.
  • “Someone had to get old” – Tony Hawk on why he doesn’t have 5 X Games gold medals like Pierre-Luc Gagnon
  • Shaun White set the bar in the finals by being the first to have a clean run.
  • Shaun’s airs are higher than most skaters. A snowboarding influence?
  • Tony is calling out guys for their sloppiness.
  • PLG got a 91.66 even with a fall at the end.
  • The veterans of vert skated more consistently… probably because they could keep their cool under pressure.
  • Today, we saw a lot of elated gold medalists. (The reactions were bigger than what I usually see.)

Congratulations to Day 3’s victors: Daniel Dhers (BMX Freestyle Park), Liam Doran (Rally Car Racing), Nyjah Houston (Skateboard Street Men’s), Vicki Golden (Moto-X Racing Women’s), Shaun White (Skateboard Vert), and Nate Adams (Moto-X Speed and Style).  A big get well soon to Twitch, and good luck to Travis.

Prediction Status: 3/12
Quote of the Day: “It’s kind of cool feeling the bones move in my food.” – Travis Pastrana
Trick of the Day: Shaun White’s heelflip body varial frontside 540… actually his entire final run was amazing.

Inspiration of the Day: Women’s Moto-X Competitors – They’re strong, tough, and daring. Ashley Fiolek overcame deafness to become a 2-time X Games champ while Jessica Patterson has dealt with her share of nasty injuries in winning multiple national titles. Then there’s this year’s gold medalist, Vicki Golden, who became the first woman to qualify for a pro AMA Arenacross main event.
Question of the Day: Skateboard Street or Rally Car Racing – which did you watch (or would you watch)?

The schedule overlap annoys me, especially when I end up missing parts of my two favorite competitions— Moto-X Freestyle and BMX Freestyle Vert. Oh well, I saw the good stuff, and that’s all that matters.

BMX thoughts

  • Prior to the BMX Freestyle Vert finals, there have been only three athletes who have won gold five consecutive times, and two of them were a team (Tony Hawk and Andy MacDonald in Skateboarding Doubles). The third five-peater is Dave Mirra in Park.
  • Steve McCann was still on fire; he and Jamie Bestwick, who was dealing with a sinus infection, tied after their first runs. Jamie officially has competition .
  • Two hard crashes on 900 attempts (what is it about the 9 that is so difficult?). The silence after a rider goes down and doesn’t get up is so gut-wrenching.
  • Despite the frightening crashes, Vince Byron stomped the 540 double tailwhip and Steve lands a no-handed 900. Vince is the only guy doing that trick while Steve is the second person to land a no-handed 9 in competition (Mat Hoffman did it a few years back).
  • Nevertheless those sick tricks weren’t enough to beat Jamie, who packs so much in and rides so smoothly. I was a little surprised to see Vince and Steve concede to Jamie, but everybody did what they came out to do and were happy with their places.

FMX thoughts

  • Adam Jones took a weird fall, like he sat too far back. Jeremy McGrath (in the announcer’s booth) theorized that his front wheel knocked him back.
  • Taka Higashino had a creative side saddle start.
  • I can’t believe Nate Adams hasn’t been on top of the podium for 6 years, but now he’s back in business. The extention he got on the lazy boy was insane!
  • Due to the scheduling/broadcast issues, I missed most of the finals, but it was a fun one. The guys were all pumping up the crowd and jumping for joy. When the riders have fun, everybody else does too.

Skateboarding thoughts

  • The women of Skateboard Street are really tough, bouncing back from some hard slams. It’s a shame X Games got rid of the women’s division for Vert because these skaters are a real inspiration for young girls to give it their all and not be afraid.
  • I learned that grinds are harder than board slides.
  • The ladies have style both on their boards and in their wardrobes. I must admit that Leticia Bufoni was looking cute. She’s also looking pretty badass in this picture (by Olivia Bush from X Games facebook page). Photobucket
  • Mitchie Brusco is well beyond his years: he is younger than the X Games and he turned pro at the age of 3. His older sister had to teach him how to autograph! He took on the Mega Ramp like it was no big deal and played it cool in interviews. What a pro.
  • Did I mention he pulled a 900 in practice? He’s among the 6 skaters to have landed a 9.
  • In comparing a 900 on vert versus the Mega Ramp, Tony Hawk says that you go slower on the Mega Ramp, but you can spot your landing.
  • The Sport Science feature on Big Air in Bob Burnquist’s backyard was cool. It also put into perspective how painful every fall is (and the guys were taking a lot of them). The potential impact equals to about one ton.
  • I have concluded that the most played X Games footage are Tony’s 900, Travis Pastrana’s double backflip, and Jake Brown’s scary fall. You can guess which one I can live without seeing.
  • Yahoo! called Bob Burnquist an “unlikely X Games winner”. Yes, he was injured, but let’s not doubt his skills or youth.
  • On his victory run, Bob attempted a Superman backflip. Clearly he’s been hanging around Travis too long (he’s in Nitro Circus).

Congratulations to Marissa del Santo (Women’s Skateboard Street), Nate Adams (Moto-X Freestyle), Silas Baxter-Neal (Real Street), and Bob Burnquist (Skateboard Big Air) for their victories. Jamie Bestwick gets some special recognition for five-peating in BMX Freestyle Vert. To everyone who fell, I hope you have some time to recover soon.

Prediction Status: 3/7
Quote of the Day: “I want to call it the double fister.” – Tony Hawk on Bob’s double grab 540.
Trick of the Day: Steve McCann’s no-handed 900

Inspiration of the Day: Jamie Bestwick – He has worked really hard to get to the top, and he continues to do so. Age and injury have not stopped him. Neither do sinus infections, which usually put me out of action (next time I get one, I have to think about Jamie’s amazing run from tonight).
Question of the Day: What is it about the 9 that makes it so difficult for skateboarders and BMXers to land?