2011 X Games 17 will be held July 28th- July 31st and will be covered all across the ESPN Networks, including online.
Yesterday, my colleague and friend, Bleacher Report writer Kyle Vassalo, wrote an X Games update regarding BMX legend Dennis McCoy.
Vassalo’s opinion sent shock waves throughout the BMX community, and many people chimed in via comments, his Twitter, email, carrier pigeon and a few may have sent a few shady envelopes to his house.
Okay, maybe some of that was a fabrication and a joke on my part, but the truth of the matter is that BMX supporters and fans of McCoy were absolutely livid at Vassalo’s thoughts on the 44-year-old rider.
Some are going to applaud McCoy for continuing to do what he loves. After all, who are we to say that he is too old compete? If he's healthy and still able to compete, shouldn't he be able to ride just like anyone else?
Not exactly. There comes a point in time when people need to move on with their lives. He doesn't exactly fit the X Games mold anymore and his unwillingness to retire makes his presence in the competition almost laughable.
He's doing what he loves, but he can't ride forever. With the youngsters surrounding him, McCoy looks out of sorts, even foolish in competition.
BMX fans have come out in droves to defend their beloved star, as they have every right to do.
But, let me just make the point that Vassalo himself has every right to his opinion. He is where he is at because he is very good at what he does, and what he does is give you his commentary on sports.
At the same time, could he perhaps be wrong in his opinion? Yes sir.
In fact, I completely 100 percent disagree with his opinions regarding Dennis McCoy.
McCoy is a living legend and is arguably the best we will ever see on the BMX circuit.
Apart from the actual competitions McCoy did so much for the sport of BMX! His love for the game, expertise and skill level single-handedly brought so many people into the fold of BMX fans, and I dare say that the current generation of riders are who they are because of the contributions McCoy made to BMX.
Now, let’s get back to the X Games.
Keep in mind that the X Games is not just your run of the mill completion at the local YMCA.
X Games 16 coverage brought in 35.4 million viewers in the U.S. alone, not counting the broadcast to 175 countries around the world. The X games features the very best of the best that professional action sports has to offer.
The very fact that McCoy is invited, accepted and still competes at a high level is enough to prove to me that he still has what it takes to continue being one of the best ever.
Vassalo’s opinion may be wrong in your opinion, and frankly it is wrong in mine, but keep in mind that he is completely entitled to it, just as you are.
He went on to write a follow up piece that those who were turned off by the original article might want to check out.
Now, to spare me the time and trouble please realize that I am not writing this to just “back up my boy” or be a “company man”, but more so just to point out the very simple fact that sports is an incredibly subjective topic, and we are all entitled to our opinions.
In fact, that is what makes sports so great, and that is why we all love them with the passion we do.
At the end of the day I know that Vassalo would gladly eat his words if Dennis McCoy ended up winning at the X Games, so will the courtesy be returned if he actually ends up being right?
Who knows, but once again that’s the beauty of sports.
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