By Billy Rainford
You know you’re getting old when…
So, last night was Superbowl #55 from Tampa Bay. I’m pretty sure you already knew that. I’ll admit it right off the top that this was the only football game I watched all year. We don’t have cable at our place and I’m not a big enough fan to try and find games online during the regular season, but I did last night.
I cared about the game for a couple reasons:
1. The quarterback match-up is something we may or may not see again. 43-year old Tom Brady going for his 7th title versus the QB of the future, Patrick Mahomes. Are you familiar with his salary? Again, you know all this.
2. Do you remember when Rob Gronkowski did that stunt where he pretended to be leaving NFL football to chase a Supercross career in Boston? No? Well, I was there. Heck, I even walked part of the muddy track on Saturday morning with Gronk! He was a super-friendly dude and made me a fan right away.
It got a little bit weird when they called all the media and regular, full-time stick and ball press into the room and he made that silly announcement about his future in Motocross. I felt so sorry for the big league reporters who’d travelled from far and wide to watch this Monster Energy silliness. He wouldn’t give any of them a straight answer and you could watch their growing consternation with the whole thing.
Anyway, for those 2 reason, I cared. Not to mention the Canadian performing the halftime show, The Weekend. Not that I’m a huge fan of his music, just that it’s cool for a Canuck to get that chance.
So, for those reasons I went through the trouble of chasing online broadcasts of the game.
It actually went pretty well as I found HD feeds right on Facebook. From the message thread I was in, it became obvious my feeds were a little behind the actual CBS live coverage because I knew when a touchdown was coming 5 minutes or so before they happened. “Spoiler alert!“
We celebrated the whole thing at our place, as it was Emily’s “Friday night” after finishing her shifts at the hospital. She was “kind” enough to stop and grab a bunch of snacks for us on her way home.
Doritos, chips, chip dip, beer, and leftover pizza from the night before were on the menu. We try to eat pretty healthy around here and figured we’d go for it for the big game.
It was a junk food wrapping wasteland over here pretty quickly.
Oh, Tom Brady won his 7th Superbowl ring, by the way, but that’s not why I’m blabbing on about this.
Around 5:10am I woke up with the worst indigestion I’ve ever had. I tried laying on my left side like they tell you to, but it was no use – this was going to take some chemistry to get a handle on.
So, upstairs I went to the dreaded cupboard that holds all this kind of stuff and much much more.
I finally found some antacid tabs, grabbed a handful and back headed downstairs only to find that the dog had either peed in my spot or licked it so much that there was a spot I could sleep on.
This commotion in turn woke Emily up and next thing you know we’re stripping the bed, loading the washer, and heading upstairs to another bedroom, where I laid there staring at the ceiling for what seemed like an eternity.
I played Euchre on my phone which is usually my pre-sleep game. It wasn’t working this time and I must have played at least 3 full games, wide awake.
I guess I finally fell asleep because I woke up late with phone on my chest. It was a rough night and I blame the Superbowl for all of it. Never get old, is what I’m saying…
But where were we? Oh right, the incident between Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, and Vince Friese…
Did you see it? What a dumb question. It was the cross-rut or main line move heard round the world on Saturday night in Indianapolis.
My take on it? Well, I’m glad you asked.
This latest lapped traffic incident reminds me of the Dean Wilson one from a few weeks ago. Why? Because it’s so different in one way.
Dean told us what happened and I believed him simply because of his track record. Unfortunately, Vince didn’t get the same treatment from…anyone.
Also unfortunate was the fact that the camera picked up the action as the riders were already into that corner jump into the following rhythm section. Should Vince have been on the right side of that section to allow Barcia and Tomac a clear run down the racing line to continue their battle for 2nd? I think so?
I don’t know what it is about Vince, but he’s been the rider involved in plenty of these sort of things this season.
One problem, as I see it, is that the laps are too short allowing too many riders to be lapped. And then there’s the fact that Vince is close enough to the pace of the top riders that he doesn’t get lapped until very late in the race when things are really heating up. And the third problem is that Vince in the new Kyle Lewis and usually gets great starts but can’t run the pace of the top guys from there.
Vince was also chasing Adam Enticknap into that section and was in a race of his own, but should have known the top guys were right there.
I still don’t know how you are unaware of riders coming up on you that quickly. I’ve been lapped enough times in my day to tell you that you know when it’s coming, especially on a tight Supercross track.
Vince’s Instagram account is private so I can’t see what, if anything, he’s said about it. I usually get the team Press Releases after each race, so I’ll wait and see what, if anything, is said about it.
We’ve already asked your thoughts on it on our Instagram and Facebook pages, so I hope you’ve all had a chance to say your part.
The good thing is that it looks like Justin is OK and will be good to go this week in Florida:
And I don’t even know what to say about the now-diminished 250 East class. Wow, is there anyone left??? It really makes the Jess Pettis injury sting even more for us Canadians, doesn’t it? He could have been battling for podiums, for sure!
Anyway, here’s a look at the 250 and 450 results and points as we wait a full week for Round 7 in Orlando this coming Saturday:
Shelby Turner Wins in South Carolina
Full results HERE.
The series heads to Louisiana April 25th for the Cajun Classic National.
Tyler Medaglia to Race First 3 GNCC Events
2021 SERIES SCHEDULE
- Rd 1 – Big Buck Big Buck Farm Location Union, SC Feb 20 – Feb 21The Big Buck course presents the standard GNCC obstacles: everything from tight woods, to fields, creek crossings, rocks…
- Rd 2 – Wild Boar Hog Waller LocationPalatka, FL Mar 6 – Mar 7The Wild Boar course is just about what you would expect from a GNCC event in Florida. This course sees sandy soil typical…
- Rd 3 – The General Aonia Pass MX Location Washington, GA Mar 13 – Mar 14Georgia’s distinctive red clay makes “The General” what it is. If there’s rain, the soil gets soft and builds deep ruts,…
For more information on the GNCC series, click HERE.
Tyler was the focus of our Frid’Eh Update interview this past Friday and we talked about this and his other plans. If you missed it, check it out HERE.
Have a great week, everyone. We’re awaiting a big news release from Jetwerx on the 16th where I’m sure they’ll be announcing the 2021 Triple Crown Tour series schedule among other things, so we’ll wait for that.