Sunday, April 20

Tipping Point

I’m gonna’ say it right here since I’m not sure if anyone else in the sport has said it this year. I’m going behind enemy lines and bringing out major intelligence here. Ready? Go mark 2008 down as the tipping point from hard training to hard partying. This sport is cyclical. We had a “super-training era” in the 1980’s where guys like O’Mara, Ward, Bailey, Glover etc. would run full sprint on a SoCal Wednesday afternoon in July while wearing black sweatshirts and then measure who puked the hardest. That eventually yielded to the good old days of the 90’s, when MC, Fro and the gang tested a lot of parts in Lake Havasu. Then Carmichael came along and started this whole “training” thing again as if he was the first racer to ever actually train. The Carmichael training era had two effects that are lasting beyond RC actually racing. A) Every racer has to have a trainer now. B) Every racer must say “work hard” at least once in their interviews. Those two factors have masked the truth, and that is that hard work isn’t quite as hard as it used to be. Okay stop right there. Hold on, hold on, hold on. Don’t go anywhere. I’d like to explain that this isn’t a problem. This is not a bad thing. The only real problem is that we’ve all gotten so conditioned to think that the hardest working guy wins that we can’t possibly see what good could come of this changeover. That’s why I can’t tell any stories or give up any names, because I’m not going to become the NARC of SX. But I can tell you that some really, really good racers are no longer afraid to have a good time. And you know what? They’re getting good results! I’m not talking about L’il Hanny here, I’m talking about guys who are having career years, banner years. It’s cool and it’s okay, and I think most fans would have even more respect if they knew these guys were real guys who do real guy things. Does anyone hate Ron Lechien? Does anyone hate Jeff Emig? In fact, there’s one guy out there now who could probably grow from hall-of-famer to legend if anyone was allowed to publicly discuss his deal, which is going wide-open during the night life, making big money and winning all at the same time. But I’m actually scared to even post this right now for fear of becoming the NARC. The world just isn’t ready for this, even though it really is.

And if you hate it, we’ve got Golden Boy Dungey and 200% Canard in the wings, and down in Florida there’s a kid named Adam Cianciarulo who can work on his multiplication homework by totaling up all the pushups he does. Of course, any of these kids could get caught in the same game some of the current crop riders are in. But that’s not a bad thing.

12 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Right now I enjoy reading your blog above all other moto dronings Weege...but ya not foolin anyone who you mean in your 'oh my gawd he actually enjoys life!?' titillater... Bring back Joel Robert style motocross, we are supposed to be having fun arent we?

Jason Weigandt said...

Oh c'mon you and I have no idea who I am even talking about here. Hope he had fun at the go-karts though!

Matthes said...

Good blogs lately! Thats what I wanna see...

Anyways, I hate it that you just outed Ferry as "that guy".

peelout said...

a couple years ago in vegas, i exchanged purchasing shots with said life enjoyer. i've never met anyone that can put wild turkey away like that. it was impressive. and guess what, he still is kicking ass and taking names. respect.

Kreative said...

Reed said it was his friend driving.

Anonymous said...

According to the team on your Webcast interview, that guy was OK riding the go-karts to relax at something that wouldn't hurt him.
According the the TV broadcast, somebody else signed up under his name and it wasn't really him.
D'oh!

Dad

Jason Weigandt said...

Peelout,
Every week I run into another fan with a story like that about "you know who." Best part is they always marvel at his skills! I'm telling you he could be a legend!

I need to tell him about this.

Dad,
Yeah, terrible PR there by the 'San Manuel Band of Mission Indians' team. Manager Brooks said Chad drove, then Chad tells Sheheen that he didn't drive it was under his name. Makes you wonder if Reed is always out there at the Yamaha test track, or if one of his friends just goes out there and signs up under his name.

Jarid332 said...

I heard Matt The Gay Indian does all the testing at the Yamaha track for Chad

Kreative said...

If Reedy needs someone to fill in for him with Ms. Ellie....

MIKE D said...

Close down the club then wrestle other riders in the middle of street @ 3 AM. Everyone laughing there asses off amd having a great time..................Sounds like a theme.....or a ledgend!!

Anonymous said...

You've got to wonder how Chad can be that hurt and still ride so well when....hey, wait a minute! Maybe it's not Chad! Maybe it's a friend riding under his name!

Dad

Anonymous said...

Sounds like me.


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