Panth..ur…Foxes Win!!!

OMG, XGames 17 on Saturday night!  I know none of you care but TOUGH SHIT!  That was some Friday Night Lights-level of epic, unbelievable victories.  It was up there with Sid Crosby Wins Gold for Canada Single-Handed in “leap around the living room screaming” joy.  Damn, I still want to run around my ‘hood shrieking “Whoooooooooooooo!!” and setting couches on fire, but BW won’t let me.

Here’s how it all went down…

We watched the skate qualifying prelims at 7:00/ Shaun put in one or two awesome runs then fell for the rest.  I tried not to get nervous.

10:00 pm.  Finals start.  Shaun is in the second heat, along with the dude who has won the XGames for the past 5 years in a row, Pierre-Luc Gagnon.  PLG is an incredible skater, and he’s technically perfect, but somehow his performances lack excitement.  Even though I know he’s pulling off hard tricks, it never LOOKS like he’s doing anything incredible, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, the format is free open skate; each guy gets to perform as many runs as he can during the 10 minute time period.  They keep your highest score and throw the rest out.  Dude with highest score at the end of 10 minutes wins.

One of Shaun’s early runs was FUCKING INSANE.  I can’t find a video of it to show you, and I so wish that I could.  You’ll have to believe me.  It was scored an 89.33, so DAMN, was it jaw-dropping.  I thought for sure Foxy had 1st place in the bag.  But then…

PLG puts in one of his usual great runs that look awesome to the judge, but not to me.  It in no way looked any harder or technically better than what Shaun had just done, but the judges gave it a 91.66.  At this point, I am screaming “NO FUCKING WAY!” at the TV and preparing an angry Facebook post about how NHL refs must spend the summer judging at XGames.

And I’m telling myself that I, and Shaun, should not feel bad because for gawd’s sake, he’d just done some inhumanly possible stuff and scored an 89.33 and the judges were biased and what the hell ELSE could they possibly expect him to do…

And there was only 30 seconds left in the free skate and it didn’t even look as though Shaun would have time to squeak another run in, and if he did, how could he top a 91.66 with seconds left to spare??

And then he did it.  He did the Shaun thing.  The Sid Crosby thing.  He reached inside himself when it counted and he performed something incredible and made it look natural as breathing.  And THAT is why every hater in the world can go and suck it, because none of their hate can stand in the face of this.

Here’s the run.  My heart was hammering so hard during these 30 seconds I thought it was going to jump out of my throat.

YEAAAHAAHAHAAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!  You just cannot MAKE that shit up!  (Ok, in the case of Friday Night Lights, you can.)

And here’s the followup interview.  This is why I love Shaun…he’s just pulled off the impossible, again, but he never takes it for granted.  He is SO genuinely overjoyed, and humbled.  He loves what he does, it clearly all means so much to him even after all these years.  Does a sellout behave like this?

Love you, Flying Fox!

One Response to “Panth..ur…Foxes Win!!!”

  1. Mrs. Hdawg Says:

    PLG is all cro-mag lookin’… so I can see where he doesn’t inspire the same adoration as our boy SW.

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