Thursday Rev-Up: Rumble in the GardenThursday, October 12, 2006 | 10:53 AM
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev-Up. It’s official: there is no off-season! As much as we like to talk and write about how this-is-the-last-time-for this and wait-till-next-year-for that, the sport of motocross has pretty much become a 365-day revolving globe of action.
A lot of unanswered questions seem to accompany the arrival of each U.S. Open. Ah, but it seems that the air of uncertainty has blown through. The Ricky vs. Bubba saga has already been written, read, and put to bed. The four-stroke revolution has come and gone. So what is there to get excited about for this, the ninth running of the U.S. Open? Quite a bit, doctor! This weekend is going to be awesome. Nobody throws a party like Vegas, and with a gate full of the best supercrossers on the planet lining up to do battle for a shot at $100,000, you can count on the city to be pumping this weekend. Let’s talk about Vegas a bit and get revved up!
Home to some of the biggest fights in the world, it seems fitting that Las Vegas plays host to the only two times we get to see the entire nation of tiddler specialist do battle indoors. This class has me shadowboxing, and I can tell you right now, there will be some drama on the track with this group. Josh Grant and Josh Hansen will be lining up on the gate together to continue their storied conflict of interest. Throw in an out-to-prove-something Ben Townley and a hungry-like-a-wolf Tommy Hahn and well, “Ding! Ding! Ding!” It’s go time, folks!
What was all of that talk about Ricky’s last dance and the last time to see James Stewart and him do battle? These boys aren’t done rubbing elbows by damn sight! This weekend there is still more area of unmarked territory. Which one of these warriors will get to claim the MGM Grand? It was all supposed to go down last year, but Bubba got sick and left Carmichael by his lonesome to shake off a pesky Michael Byrne.
And don’t forget Timmy Ferry will be making his Team Green re-debut (that’s where he ended his amateur career) and Ivan Tedesco will be in the house. Throw in the Cobra, One Punch, and the Burner and we have a pretty good-looking show heading our way.
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