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X Games Roundup

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The Winter X Games are over and, even in Colorado, we’re back to worrying about Tom Brady and his pretend ankle injury. I wish they’d list Belichick and his whole faux injury report as “questionable” this week, but there’s plenty of time for complaining about the Super Bowl later. For now, let’s wrap up the weekend in Aspen.

  • HBP favorite Andreas Hatveit took gold in men’s ski slopestyle.
  • American Daron Rahlves won men’s skier X, which featured some ridiculous crashes.
  • Lindsey Jacobellis didn’t wipe out just before the finish line, winning gold in women’s snowboarder X.
  • There was a lot of good music — Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, and Kanye West were featured, which was nice.
  • Snocross is cooler than freestyle. The flips are kind of cool, but it’s not that impressive when a dude who learned how to do a backflip on a snowmobile just a few weeks ago wins the gold medal. That said, Levi LaVallee is adorable.
  • Skiing is more fun to watch than snowboarding.
  • Slopestyle is more fun to watch than superpipe.
  • I’d appreciate more neutral announcers (I get it — Shaun White is the Brett Favre of the X Games).
  • I want some of whatever Torah Bright is on.
  • Having fans vote for Big Air winners is kind of lame, because unless one guy totally sucks, they’re going to vote for the American every time.
  • Torstein Horgmo!!!!!!!
  • I hope they get new advertisers next year, so we don’t see the creepy Edge guys getting their faces felt up by mystery hands 900 times a day. Also, if I never see the creepy excess-heads-attached-to-bodies ESPN college hoops ads again, I’ll be very happy even if I can’t erase the terrifying image from my mind.
  • Athletes must get kicked out of the games if they don’t say “stoked” at least once during every interview, unless something really bad just happened and you’re, like, totally not stoked at the moment.
  • Mono skier X is the most badass event of the X Games. That shit is AWESOME — watch it here.

I’m sure I’d get more into the X Games if I knew more about what the heck they’re doing. So by this time next year, I’ll be sure to know a cab from a misty and a whiskey flip from a kangaroo flip and just what a backside rodeo nine is. Oh, and I’ll be stoked, too.

Written by Tracy

January 28th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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