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Skier beats up Rider January 31, 2006

This may be one of the only times in history that a two-planker got the better of a rider. Of course, the skier was an old man and the rider was a teenage girl.

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X Games Wrap

We totally know that there is still one night left of Winter X. However, we don’t know very much about skiing or snowcross, and unlike Matt Drudge, we like to stick to covering topics we understand. Anyway, here’s our take on the games:

Chad Otterstrom, just one day before being smote by Jesus

  • Bow down — after Jesus team member Luke Wynen came one spot shy of qualifying for the men’s superpipe final, Jesus himself stepped in and smote Chad Otterstrom, allowing Wynen to slide into the final at the last minute. We are kind of pissed at Jesus about this because we really like Ott, and Wynen’s 1080 is weak and squirrelly looking. Just kidding. We know Jesus reads the Intraweb and we don’t want him to get angry at us. Smite away, homeboy!!
  • Travis Rice, y’all. Enough said.
  • We’ll admit that Kelly Clark looked pretty badass, at least when she was on the move. But why for the love of God with the damned out of key warbling every time she drops in! Simon Cowell: “not to be rude, but that has got to be the worst performance we’ve ever heard in this competition.”
  • Torah Bright is on the up and up with sparkly goggles ta boot. We can’t wait to see how she rolls with Bleiler and Teter in the mix at the Olympics.
  • Speaking of Torino… rumors abounded that Shaun White and Antti Autti had 1260s in the works, but they didn’t materialize this weekend. We are giddy with anticipation, three and a half times over.
  • Mason Aguirre: Stay away from my sister, dude.Senior Blanco, who won double gold this year and four peated in the slopestyle, definitely gets our respect. Even if he is the New York Yankees of snowboarding, backside 10s ain’t nuttin ta fuck wit. Props to Mason Aguirre and Scotty Lago, too.
  • Last year, back to back 1080s were the new hotness. This year, it was all about sitting out of the X games to nurse minor injuries and prepare for the Olympics. We still love Andy Finch, though.
  • Janna Meyen — yup. But no love from ESPN… you had to be in Aspen if you wanted to see anything but clips of the women’s slopestyle. Good thing Tara Dakides didn’t make the final or we would have had some choice words for the Extra Special Party Network.
  • While we’re at it with ESPN — what’s up with the crappy advertising all weekend? We’re too old to join the Navy, be above the influence, or drink Mountain Dew MDX unless someone puts vodka in it. And that goddamn Francesco commercial makes us want to STOP using edge gel. Someday soon, the ad wizards are going to realize that the snowboard demographic is getting older than age 15. Maybe then we’ll finally get the commercial we’ve been waiting to see… picture this:
  • The Coors Light party train comes rolling into Buttermilk… Gretchen Bleiler hucks a huge crippler in the pipe while Travis Rice dishes a 1080 double rodeo over it. Crazy Train is blasting on the stereo and it’s suddenly the biggest party in X-games history… beer flows like spring water, Carrie White and Molly Aguirre are rocking bikinis, and jewish rider Mike Goldschmidt is high fiving Luke Wynen… Jeff Brushi, Terje, and Craig Kelly are all there to represent, and it is dumping everywhere except for directly on the pipe and slopestyle course, with 32 and sunny in the forecast.

    Hell yeah, that would be a tight advert. Anyway, the Final Verdict on Winter X 10? Gladiators, we salute you. See you in Torino.

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    We here at gonzorangers.com have said that we try to keep it real on the intraweb. Here is knowledge that you can drop down on those techies at work to gain some major Web 2.0 steez points. Now this is by no means an exhaustive list of Web 2.0 sites and applications but some of better ones that the have come across.

    Everyone wants to be first with the news. The majority of folks surf CNN or the drugereport shortly after getting their first cup of joe in the morning. That is so 2003. The Web 2.0 way of staying on top of the latest shark attack is Newsvine – a place where users can read, write, and influence the news.

    We know that Slashdot has reigned supreme for some time and we still sweat them. Slashdot has a Web 2.0 challenger in the likes of Digg which is a is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and social editorial control.

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    Rice, Rice, Baby January 30, 2006

    Yeah, yeah, yeah… we promised our editor lost of posts to hype up the new blog name, but now that we’re over at gonzorangers.com, we do whatever we want. And what we want to do now is sweat Travis Rice.

    If you missed the X-games snowboard slopestyle this weekend, you missed a bit of snowboard history. Shaun White, who is barreling through this year’s competition circuit en route to Torino, was nearly unstoppable on Saturday. His opening run in the finals was totally flawless and completely unreasonable — at one point he linked a huge cab 1080 with a switch backside 900. The bar was so high that everyone else in the contest was playing for second place.

    Everyone except for one guy.

    Rice, who qualified first and therefore earned the final run of the day, could have played it safe, stomped the astounding run that he nailed in the qualifier (which he later referred to as “pillow talk”) and surely sailed on to a solid pay day and a silver or bronze medal.

    Rice at the X-Games:  More air aware than GodInstead, he went for it. Coming in super hot to the final booter in the course, Rice hucked himself through a monster double rodeo 900, but just missed the connection on the ground, skidding out on his heelside edge and onto his butt. Rice’s double rodeo 9, which was basically a slightly dumbed down version of the double inverted 1080 that he nailed for a video part in last year’s Absinthe Film Pop, is the most exciting and original thing we’ve seen in the sport in years.

    So, remember this during all the hype of the Torino games: When Shaun White is grinding his way to fame and Olympic gold, Travis Rice will be in a remote corner of Wyoming, or a helicopter in Alaska, outrunning avalanches, flipping and spinning over giant back country booters, chuckin a tweed, popping a noodle, and in general being the best rider on the planet.

    Nomenclature Science

    Check it — there were some really exciting developments over the weekend. Most of these developments were related to the X games and we are dying to talk about them, but our editor is forcing us to address more pressing issues first.

    What could be more pressing than the X-games or gushing about how sweet Travis Rice is?

    We got a steezy new name for the blog, yo! We are now officially Gonzo Rangers. That way everyone will know that in addition to having mad sword fighting and wilderness survival skills like Aragorn son of Arathorn, we are also representing straight Gonzo style like the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. That’s just how we get down.

    What do you think? Drop us some comments, dog.

    Also, we have a new domain name — now you can hook it up directly at www.gonzorangers.com. Try it out, it’s fun and it will make our Google Analytics numbers look sweeter.

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