Don't act so excited Shaun, you knew you were going to win
So I’m on the couch Sunday night channel surfing for something good to watch. “What do you know, the Winter-X-Games are on again, I’ll have to check them out,” I say to myself in a sarcastic voice. I turned it on in perfect time to see the snowboarding Superpipe finals.
The first thing I heard after turning it on was that Shaun White had an injured ankle. In between his competitors runs down Buttermilk Mountain, the announcers had to have mentioned Shaun White being injured at least 10 times. Continuing to watch, I saw White’s competitors such as I-Pod, and Ryo Aono pull out tricks that looked exactly the same as White’s, which resulted in lower scores. To me the contest looked rigged from the beginning and after watching riders on the first round of four, I knew that this anticlimactic event would end in the flying tomatoes’ 5th consecutive Superpipe gold medal. Sidebar: Now I know loving to hate a villain is good for sports, insert, the New York Yankees, the Michael Jordan era Chicago Bulls, the Patriots of the early 2000’s, but 5 consecutive gold medals without even a glimpse of getting a silver…. Now that is just plain out boring if you ask me.
The worst part about the whole viewing/listening experience was the announcers trying to make it seem like someone could actually beat Shaun White. I just wanted to call up Sal Masekela and say, “yo Sal, you are not fooling anyone by saying, Shaun might need to worry about I-Pod this round, or that Shaun needs to have a great run this round if he wants to take home the hardware, we all know the gold medal was already his before the riders even woke up this morning, good job on trying to capture the audience with excitement, really…I mean it…. good attempt….I'm wetting myself here..... but we are not stupid, and we know how the competition is going to end.”
And then what finally put me over the edge late Sunday night was the perfect score White received on his 4th run down the pipe. At this point White had already won the contest, and now he was just “winning it outright” as Masekela put it. You can see the run right here and as I said before, I don’t understand how the scoring works, nor why the mctwist will score you more points than the mcflurry, but how does someone get a perfect score even though their hand hits the snow on the final jump??? When the other riders would stumble, or lose their footing for even a split second, the announcers would say, “oh, that ‘s really too bad, that is going to definitely deduct some points off of his score.” What!!!!! I mean, this run is radical and everything, but how does it qualify as a perfect score, the only perfect score in X-Games-History on the Superpipe???!?
Rate it yourself... Does this run deserve a perfect 100???