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Chuckin’ a Tweed, Pop A Noodle January 28, 2006

That back board was huge!!

Congratulations, Shaun White and Kelly Clark. We’d still rather go freeriding with this guy.

Chuckin' a Tweed

Pop A Noodle

Who’s got my X Games? January 27, 2006

So we actually did some real reporting this week. By real reporting, we mean that we emailed some real reporters, and one of them, for reasons still unbeknownst to us, actually wrote us back.

Did we find any thing good out? Hell yeah we did, dog! We got a list of all the riders invited to Winter X, except it includes recent scratches and additions and is much more up to date than what’s out there on EXPN.com. Based on this info, here is what you should expect when the games get underway this weekend:

Travis Rice

  • In the men’s slopestyle, there are plenty of extra dank riders who spend their days freeriding and not pipe jocking or training for their next contest. Most notably, Travis Rice is probably the most talented rider on the planet but you won’t see him in many competitions this year. Also watch out for Mark Frank Montoya to blow it up urban Latino style, David Carrier-Porcheron will bring the back country steez, and Chad Otterstrom, the hardest working man in snowboarding, will represent for sure. Of course, there’s always the Flying Tomatio, aka Shaun White, but rooting for this guy is like rooting for the Yankees.
  • Hometown hero Gretchen Bleiler will be defending her X-games title against a solid women’s field including Hannah Teter, Frenchie Doriane Vidal, and Torah Bright, the young Aussie. Our money is on Teter, we think all the press is getting to Gretchen’s head.
  • In the men’s halfpipe, 2002 Olympic champion Ross Powers as well as JJ Thomas, the bronze medalist, have something to prove after missing the cut for Torino last week. Lookout also for Danny Davis, the young upstart who was bumped out of a spot by Andy Finch at the last minute. All of these dudes will want to prove they are better than the 2006 Olympians — White, Finch, Danny Kass, and Mason Aguirre.
  • There’s also some strong international talent in the men’s pipe: Last year’s Winter X games champ Antti Autti will compete and so will Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo.
  • Andy Finch, or the Bulldog as the pro hos are calling him, has us convinced that his slow-roasted, double-overhead, corked 720s look way better than the requisite back-to-back 1080s that the rest field is throwing down. The back-to-back 1080 thing was exciting when it made its debut last year, but it’s kind of wearing off. Finch will hopefully convince the judges it’s all about the amplitude, and knock off Shaun White again in the process.
  • TARA FUCKING DAKIDES is a last minute entry to the women’s slopestyle. She has kind of fallen off the map recently after sustaining numerous injuries, including a head injury she incurred falling 25 ft feet, head first onto 53rd St during an appearance on the Letterman show during 2004. Will this year mark her return to dominance on the circuit, or a fade into snowboard oblivion?
  • Make sure you remember to do the drinking game.

    Even Worse than the beav January 26, 2006

    Check it — at the beav, we do a lot of research on the ole intraweb to make sure you get the goods. Unfortunately, there are inherent hazards in this. Consider, for example, this 2006 Olympic blog that we keep running into while traversing the Blogosphere in search of a scoop.

    It’s a terrific find if you are a 55 year old reading at a 3rd grade level and want info on the Olympics. Otherwise, it blows. Check out a nugget from this entry:

    I can see how snowboarding is a challenging sport. But I still don’t know if I buy it as an Olympics [sic] sport. If inline skaters have to become ice speed skaters to participate in the Olympics, maybe snowboarders should become skiers. This is probably a sure sign that I’m getting old.

    No, it’s a sure sign that you are fucking lame.

    Whatever. Since we’re nice guys at the beav, we’re going to hook Ms. Genius Blogger up with a free blog entry that she can use to preview the Olympic women’s snowboard X.

    Lindsey Jacobellis is a snowboarder. She is very fast. She has curly hair. She likes cats. Do you like cats? Lindsey is in a TV commercial for Visa. Do you like TV? Go, Lindsey, go!

    Be careful, it’s sketchy out there in cyberspace, joes.

    Winter X Drinking Games January 25, 2006

    Here at the beav we love to drink beer almost as much as we love snowboarding, so in honor of both, we’ve come up with a nifty drinking game for this year’s winter X.

    Here’s how it works. Grab a case of beer and some friends (optional), sit yourself in front of the TV on Saturday afternoon, and then follow the instructions below. If things go well, Seth Meyers will actually seem funny by the time SNL comes on at 11:30.

    Take one drink:

  • Anytime someone says “steez.”
  • Whenever Sal Masekela gets really fired up.
  • If anyone lands a frontside 1080.
  • If Shaun White is interviewed while wearing a t-shirt sleeve or bandana over his face.
  • Take two drinks:

  • If anything is described as “burly.”
  • If Kelly Clark’s busted mug is put on TV.
  • If Hannah Teter says anything that makes absolutely no sense.
  • Whenever Todd Richards talks about how old he is. (”Dude! I’m 35!!!”)
  • Finish your drink:

  • Everytime they show a replay of Brian Deegan’s Moto X crash from 2004.
  • If Travis Rice (or anyone else) lands anything double inverted.
  • When Keir Dillon or Kelly Clark discuss “riding for Jesus.”
  • Finally, if any Olympic athlete gets hurt, chug two beers. Three beers if it’s Andy Finch.

    Update: We got our riders mixed up. Luke Wynen rides for Jesus, not Keir Dillon. More info on this from Yo Beat.

    Superbowl XL… Phfffffft January 24, 2006

    Seriously, we love Superbowl ExtraLarge like a fat kid love cake and all, but with the Skins out of the playoffs, the two weeks of hype is a little much.

    This week is all about the Winter X-games. Things get rolling in Aspen, CO on Saturday afternoon. Make sure to set your DVR or park your butt on a couch or barstool for these events:

    Snowboarder X Men’s & Women’s Final: Saturday 2 PM - 4PM (ABC)
    Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Final: Saturday 5 PM - 6 PM (ABC)
    Snowboard Superpipe Women’s Finals: Saturday 9 PM - 11 PM (ESPN)
    Snowboard Superpie Men’s Finals: Monday 9PM — 11 PM (ESPN)

    An added Bonus for watching the Women’s pipe final is that it will be shown in conjunction with the Men’s Moto X best trick, which is awesome to watch if you like seeing people get horribly mangled and disfigured.

    There’s some skiing events on at some point too.

    At the beav, we’re really stoked that ESPN will be again hooking up the live coverage. We’re NOT as excited about the fact that on Monday and Tuesday nights, they’ll be continuing the tradition of capping off coverage with live broadcasts from the 11 PM Sportscenter. It just doesn’t feel right to hear Linda Cohn drop science about Steve Fisher’s cab 1080 technique. Plus, when Shaun White is about to put the hammer down on his final run, the last thing we want to hear is whether or not Golden State lost to Sacremento. It probably pisses off Kings fans too.

    Update: According to TV guide and my DVR, Snowboarder X and the slopestyle contest will all be shown from 4-6 PM on Saturday on ABC, not 2-4 and 5-6 as originally scheduled. Plan accordingly, bitches.

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