Sunday, June 23, 2024

The 900 and X-Games League. June 23, 2024. Mostly Skateboarding Podcast.

This week, Jason From Frozen In Carbonite, Patrick Kigongo, and Mike Munzenrider are talking about the evolution of the 900 and the recently announced X-Games League. Listen here and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

Ema Kawakami's three consecutive 900s
P-Rod's NAC from Street Dreams
Danny Way's near make 900 from Risk It
Mitchie Brusco's 1260 on the Megaramp
Jake Brown's Megaramp slam
Banned gymnastics Dead Loop
Sean Sheffey in A Soldier's Story
Tas Pappas in Let The Horns Blow
Steve Berra in Rolling Thunder
X-Game League press release

This week, Mike is stoked on getting over some shin splints, Pavement, and inverted kingpin Thunders.
Patrick is stoked on Spitfire Wheels, Juneteenth, Kotora Mitani’s Evisen pro part, the all-black Tyshawn 2’s, Bridge to Skate non-profit’s current fundraiser. And you can always donate to the Harold Hunter Foundation, and Pavement’s Father of a Sister to a Thought.
Jason is stoked on Venture TrucksHigh Noon from New Balance, Bust Crew's A World of Shit, and Loudness (the band)

1 comment:

Justin said...

I did see the 900 when it hit Sports Center. That was an odd moment, but at the same time, ESPN was showing a highlight from their own contest so it seemed natural. It would have been Scott Van Pelt's best thing he saw today in modern times.

Even if skateboarders are somewhat lackluster on the trick, it is the type of thing TV producers dream of. The story is way better than any of the manufactured fluff NBC churns out to fill the three hour lead-up to the Kentucky Derby, partly because it happened without any prompting. It's a classic sports story: a top tier athlete does something they have battled with over the years to win a contest. It also helps that the 900 happens on the singularity of the vert ramp and is easy to understand. The skater goes up in the air, spins around a bunch, and lands.

For baseball, pitching three no hitters in a row. Johnny Vander Meer did two in a row. Nobody is breaking that record, although it probably happens in softball often.

X-Games League is the Swatch Impact tour all over again. Now with venture capitalists.

All these exorbitant TV contracts for broadcast rights are going to explode sooner or later. For example, the colleges that depend on extra revenue from sports are going to be left hanging out to dry without money from the networks. A few MLB baseball teams have lost or are having bankruptcy issues with their local TV broadcast channels, too. Everybody is spending cash that maybe isn't really fully there. Streaming is going to go the way of cable, too, with constant price increases and way more ads. Things are going to get messy.

Actually, a skateboard draft sounds horrible. The hype around the assorted sports drafts is so uninteresting.

Those European contests amounted to a summer vacation for pro skateboarders.

You can always tell the generation gap between people who like Wowee Zowee and people who thought Pavement sucked after that one. It's also strangely the very first Pavement album that a lot of younger folks heard and found it interesting enough to like the band. Make of this what you will.