by Andy Bowyer
Rev Up: PrideThursday, July 2, 2009 | 12:24 PM
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History is one of my favorite pastimes and I've read enough to know that Americans have a lot to be proud of. But I've also been around long enough to watch pride help the country slowly eat itself. We bought things we couldn't afford to keep up with the Jones’s, and look where we are now. Be that as it may, some better-aimed pride will turn it around. Pride in your work. Like a racer's pride...
I think all motocross riders have more pride and patriotism than anyone. It takes a mountain of fortitude to look past ominous dangers like first-turn pileups and little jumps like LaRocco's Leap. The line between confidence and arrogance with most motocrossers is paper-thin. And with the best, the Alpha Males, there is no line. They are fearless egomaniacs who don't just think they are bulletproof, they know it.
If you watch the Star Spangled Banner play at any sporting event, the strongest participants are the ones standing the straightest with their hands over their hearts. I've seen NFL players moved to tears before a regular-season game. NASCAR's Jimmy Johnson hears the Star Spangled Banner 35 weeks in a row, and each time he stands like a stone pillar until the jets fly by.
Pride is what runs America. The right kind of pride gave us our Independence and made us strong. The right kind of pride made Americans the most dominating force motocross has ever seen. We wear the title belt and we'll be damned if anyone will pry it from around our red, white, and blue asses.
And thus, round six of the Lucas Oils Motocross Championships rolls into RedBud. It's an American motocross tradition. And yet, after all of my gibberish here we have an Australian and a Frenchman leading the two premiere classes in the world. "You feel that sting in the back of your neck? That's pride screwing with you." Respect to Reed and Pourcel. You two have weathered the storm this summer and lead the charge. But, don't be surprised if the going seems a little more difficult than usual this Saturday afternoon. There is pride on the line.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.