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Hello and Happy New Year to all. Hopefully, you’ve had a great holiday season and if it’s still going then a big “hell ya” to you. Mine was pretty basic with family and friends. My kids were way too spoiled but that’s how it is when they are young like mine. Arguments and disagreements were a decent theme with the Wife and I because our kids are mentally offside over the last two weeks. They say this time of year is the highest for suicide and if you lived in my house the last couple weeks it’s easier to understand that. The things that love do, eh?
Well, it’s the first workday of 2018 for me and I’m slowly getting into it all. Sending out post-due to invoices, getting plans together for the media season and AMO season, and wondering how in the hell to clear up the Christmas debt left waiting to be paid off. It’s also that time where we all fill our minds with New Year’s resolutions where the majority of us fail at them. I shared one on Twitter that every chance I get in 2018 I’m going to Dance. I used to love dancing and it always makes you happy because you stop giving a crap about anything and just break free, look silly, laugh, and dance. When opportunity calls I’m dancing more in 2018. Is this a weird resolution? I will continue to do the very best for my kids and always try and keep them smiling while helping them become good little humans who chase girls, make money, and reach their dreams. My next and biggest of the year is trying somehow to get my debts down. I’ve always been good with money in the sense of never spending it on dumb shit I don’t need but I swear bills and just normal shit I can’t keep a tab on. Plus, I’ve made some poor decisions in businesses that have left me scratching my slightly balding head. These have been more recent in years but still are making it hard to focus on the future of my kids and life in general. So in 2018 I will handle money situations smarter and be more ahead of this curve I’ve given myself. My other one which is kind of little but still important and involves my career is kicking the crap out of the TV and LIVE announcing this year for Jetwerx. I love doing this part of my career and I do appreciate the people that share they feel I’m good at it and am considered the best. That means a lot and obviously gives me confidence. But, when I grab the mic in 2018 I will drop entertainment like nobody ever has before because I plan to kick ass at doing that job.
This week kicks off extra special for me because for the first time in my life I’m heading to A1 for the Monster Energy Supercross opener. If you can believe it I’ve never been to this event before so my excitement matches my kids just a week ago when Santa came. I will also be co-hosting the PulpMX Show with Randy Richardson from Michelin USA alongside the brainchild of it all, Steve Matthes. I remember as a kid never being able to see Rd1 of anything because there was no internet. It was Cycle News a month later or so to find out or knowing someone that knew someone that was there. By today’s standards if you don’t know minute to minute action then you’re really useless but this weekend I get to see it LIVE in my face. I will be a social butterfly on GuaranteedMX so be sure to follow along but I will also be like a superfan down there since I haven’t been to a true Supercross since Daytona 2016. I leave Thursday and fly to Vegas where PulpMX will pick me up and we’ll roll to A1 Friday AM. Then return Sunday and stick around for the Monday night show. In the middle of all this is A1 and my pants-wetting excitement being there. I’m betting on some serious bench racing/arguing going down on the 4 plus hr drive from Vegas to Anaheim in the trusty Honda Ridgeline. It’s actually pretty cool to think I’ll be on the show with memories of pure hatred toward Steve Matthes years ago. I was never that Canadian guy that just kissed his ass because he made it in the US which makes most jealous because they now sit at a desk or twist a wrench in lonely old Canada plus I worked for a company that had bosses that hated him so that vibe was easy to follow. Lastly, Steve was always bagging on me for being part of that old company as well poked fun at me riding hot laps at AX way back in the day when I was huffing and puffy inside my helmet while talking during the lap on camera. Eventually, the feathers ruffled faded and we now are solid acquaintances. So this whole ordeal is pretty exciting for me.
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It will surely hit a few hundred grand after me being on next week, right?
Over to the race itself and yes, it could be the greatest race in history but beyond that normal seller, I think the hype around this opener is how will the entire uncertain rider do. Roczen, can he rebound after the unbelievable incident from last year? Tomac, Can he win a Supercross title now that all the champions are gone? Webb, will this highly paid kid show his true potential? Musquin, can he keep his offseason trend of winning everything and transfer that into the series that matters most? Seely, will he break out and win races and fight for the title? Barcia, will the real Justin Barcia show up? Reed, Will a Husky bike be the answering for him to return to greatness? Grant, can the old dog come in under the radar and win A1 again? Wilson, healthy and ready, can he win? Anderson has all the tools to be a champion but missing something, did he find it for 2018? I could go on and on and of course, the 250 class which has a list of hot shots like a magical spell was cast and all racers had to be at A1. The first round of anything is always awesome because of the hype and unknowing of what’s going to happen. This A1 sure has a ton of “what if’s” to it, so be ready this Saturday night for the roof to blow off.
Another solid bit of news is Tanner Ward racing this weekend inside the Nutter Centre in Dayton, Ohio to make his professional debut. GuaranteedMX helper John Rachmel will be on hand slinging social updates about little Tanner, who is not so little anymore. Wishing the best for this kid this weekend and throughout the series where he’s using this for a warm-up to get ready for Rockstar Triple Crown series.
The last bit of info I figured I would start the year off with is touching base with my old race buddy Blair Morgan who I text with pretty consistently over the years. I always got along well with Blair and he was one of the first people to tell m to keep doing the announcing thing way back in 2002. Anyway, the Superman is making a small comeback in 3 weeks at X Games aboard a really cool Snowbike put together by the guys at OTSFF Yamaha. I messaged Blair to see how prep was going, he texts back, “I’m really excited to do the race but a bit nervous about not getting much seat time. I’m really stoked for all the support from everyone and it will be nice to finally get back on a bike too.” I then asked Blair about the training, “ Haha getting there. Christmas didn’t help” I’m going to try and get down to this to cheer my old friend on and his return to competition after a life-altering accident in 2008 at Montreal Supercross.
That’s all I have to kick off 2018. This site will kick ass, as usual, this year so be ready for it. If I let you down, well, it’s the internet: find another site to follow…….LOL