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  1. I'm all for getting rid of cars in arena shows if it means making those safer, considering how badly Monster Jam had to take it in 2009, as far as safety concerns go. I can tell you that the 4 first-timers I brought to Monster Jam today were disappointed at the lack of crush vehicles, but they still really enjoyed the show, to no surprise. It's obviously not the key factor in making this sport entertaining, but destroying smaller, insignificant vehicles is always a nice touch. Both Oakland shows were good, with the second standing out the most. Dirt was very soft all weekend. Lots of broken trucks all weekend, and no Dalmation for show 2. Digger won both racing events and Max D won both 2 Wheel's. Mohawk won freestyle on Saturday and Grave Digger on Sunday. El Toro and Saigon had one of the closest races I can remember seeing, with Scott winning by three hundredths of a second. Saigon really stood out this weekend. Was the racing runner-up on Saturday and finished second in freestyle on Sunday with an amazing run. Some highlights from Instagram
  2. They do contribute to the entertainment value of a show, but not for you. I don't think the spectacle of a truck destroying something is lost on most of the fans in attendance. That being said, "free-standing" cars have been antiquated for at least 15 years now. Even back when there were still some steel-bodied cars around, they were flattened halfway through the show. Kozak is right in that modern cars are worthless against a monster truck if they are to act as any kind of obstacle. Part of why most promotions give them a dirt base to sit on or place them on top of tires. My idea for Monster Jam is to place them on top of the jumps so they can get destroyed, like you would see in the late 2000's, but don't take anything away from the jump itself once they're crushed. That being said, I also saw a video yesterday of Avenger landing on two "free-standing" cars and popping two tires in the process, so it seems BKT's have a hard time doing any crushing of that sort. Cars are still expensive and tough to bring in and out, but it's not like they're using two dozen cars per track like the were a decade ago.The pre-crushed cars that they put in the jumps now are nice decoration, but not using them wouldn't make much of a difference. It's kind of a rock-and-a-hard-place scenario.
  3. Honestly you could make 20 Deja Vu's and they'd all be worthwhile. The simple but impressive aesthetics of your paintjobs are what really make them stand out the most.
  4. I've noticed that too. Probably why a group of 50k people don't make the best judges. There's quite a few ways Monster Jam could go with this. I don't think they've ever had professional judges, at least not as a regular thing, since freestyle became scored nearly 20 years ago. They should definitely try that, having hired judges, so the fans don't have to boo themselves and so it would be more fair to the drivers and their points. Also, I remember at the Back to School Bash last year they scored on criteria, rather than just an overall number. That might be worth trying out, too.
  5. To clarify, I never actually called you an oldhead. It's just that there's a lot of people out there who constantly talk about the "old days", and those who are sick of hearing about it. There's good points to be made on both sides though, and that tends to get lost in the mix. You're right about Monster Jam having this Disney-esque gloss coating on it. It feels kind of patronizing, and I don't think most people are going to care about how pretty the presenters and drivers are at a monster truck race. I think most people like an announcer who is knowledgeable and actually has information to give, instead of someone who is very zany and doesn't offer much insight or knowledge. This goes for all sports. You don't have to be cynical or pessimistic to notice that, either. Obviously little kids won't mind, since they don't have that critical eye yet, but I learned a lot listening to the announcers when I was a kid and people who aren't that knowledgeable about the sport can as well. My dad was watching the NBC debut show, and noticed that all the drivers at the Monster Jam University were all being trained to perform the same moves; all the stoppies, moonwalks, backflips, etc., and how they're being trained to be homogenized performers. Kind of takes the uniqueness out of the many different competitors we can have. That being said, I think the playing field in Monster Jam is the most even it's been in almost 20 years. The trucks now are stronger than ever, so if we're pushing them harder and harder in freestyle, why not do the same in racing? Your idea of a put-your-truck-to-the-test racing show is great for that. Like I was saying before, the trucks are much tougher and stable under pressure now, so the racing would have to accommodate to that in order for it to really be as entertaining (generally speaking) to watch as it was in the past. Monster Jam bringing back the points series makes things much more legitimate, instead of all those time in the 2000's where we'd wait for all the company trucks to be announced for the World Finals and find out which indy trucks were going to make it in the final 5-6 spots. It makes sense how the freestyle overtook the racing in terms of interest, where the more generally entertaining aspects took place there (aside from the World Finals racing). It's really fascinating in hindsight, because I think people have felt the same way you do for almost two decades. Not just people who are allergic to change, either. I was going back and reading all of the old Truckworld articles from the early 2000's, and after World Finals 2, there were plenty of people who didn't want Monster Jam to become a stunt show where it was all about destroying the trucks, which is when ProMT was in their heyday. This was also when Monster Jam was starting to build their own trucks, and there were worries about every truck becoming homogenized and the company trucks getting the best parts and the most money. We've been seeing the effect of that ever since. Really, most of my gripes are about the presentation, and less so about the competition. None of it makes me hate FELD or Monster Jam, unlike how a lot of Tim Horn's out there love to do. steiale is right in that the events are aimed primarily toward kids and families, and has been for many years now, but I don't think it's impossible for that audience to enjoy something that takes itself more seriously or has more legitimacy. Meaning, it doesn't have to strictly be appealing to them in order to get their attention and money. Even if 90% of the audience doesn't care about the presentation or legitimacy of the sport, why alienate that 10%? I don't think the 90% will mind if things are a little more professional, while still keeping the main aspects of a great and entertaining show/experience. As far as your political argument goes, the gun debacle is over two years old, and I don't think it was done to be PC as much as it was done to not seem in poor taste after the Orlando shooting, considering they go to Florida every year and Gunslinger is from Florida. It's not like they had a truck called "Gun Nut" or "Mass Shooter", but they decided to prevent any possible controversy before it happened, even though it's now having the same effect from the opposite crowd. It can get annoying when anything is hammering you over the head with morality, but I don't really mind it because it doesn't effect the main product, and it's coming from a good place regardless. I mean, them saying that there's great male and female drivers isn't factually wrong. We just get cynical about it. It's not like the sport has to be offensive in some way, either. Also, El Toro Loco is huge with the hispanic audience, so doing an interview in Spanish isn't completely illogical.
  6. I realize that. I'm saying it's remarkable that it didn't end up worse than it was. Looked a lot worse when I saw it live from a different angle.
  7. Megalodon's wreck from San Antonio. It's remarkable how undamaged the truck ended up being.
  8. Since almost every other post I see that's critical of Monster Jam is usually pessimistic, melodramatic, or whiny, this is definitely refreshing to see. Honestly I think it's almost impossible to reminisce about the older aspects of monster truck racing without sounding like an oldhead haha. I've also been thinking about ways to revamp the racing courses, since the racing in Monster Jam seems a bit too smooth and controlled, if that makes any sense, especially compared to freestyle. It's still "real racing", but doesn't feel like it's on the ragged edge. That might just be because of how much the trucks have developed in terms of handling and performance. Not that they should jump through flaming hoops, but I know there's people on this site who have come up with some great new racing ideas, Danny Mackey being one of them. I think the common caricature of a monster truck show has almost always been that of a wacked-out, low-brow stunt show, rather than that image being something that's developed over time. As much as Monster Jam adds to that, I don't think they're solely to blame. I'd guess somewhere around 80-90% of the attendees are casual fans and usually expect those high levels of carnage that you'd see at a Monster Jam or Throwdown show. Monster trucks are kinda like NASCAR for people who only like the crashes. I've seen plenty of backflips, stoppies, moonwalks, etc., so I'm not really excited by them anymore unless they happen unexpectedly, even though they're always impressive. Most of the fans love them though, so I can't really get upset. I do think it's making things harder for independent promoters though, like you mentioned, and has for years. Since Monster Jam has taken the entertainment aspect so far, it's a lofty expectation for other promoters and drivers to be able to hold their own in comparison. Now don't get me wrong. Fans aren't only capable of enjoying the stunts and destruction, and can absolutely enjoy intense racing. I just don't think a racing-only monster truck show is viable in this day and age, especially since most people don't know that these shows even have racing to begin with. However, it would have to test the trucks in a similar way to how freestyle does in order to really work. I think you're right in that there's still much that needs to be done in order for more of the audience to enjoy the competition as much as the entertainment. There's got to be a happy medium somewhere between intense racing and entertaining freestyle, I would assume/hope.
  9. You didn't think to write "Dear Gary Busey's mom..." before that? I don't even dislike him, actually
  10. It sucks because I really like the look of that truck, and then you did that to it.
  11. Not that I know of. I think the NRA just found out about something that happened two years ago, and assumed that it was because of some kind of recent outrage or backlash, even though there wasn't any. Really it's just a non-issue that they didn't know about until now. San Antonio Zimmer won racing and crashed, and Pauken won 2-wheels, I believe. Saw freestyle on a livestream. Lots of trucks broke early, and two of them on the first hit on the same jump. Megalodon Fire had an intense double-rollover crash but somehow looked to be unharmed. Whiplash won.
  12. Ah, you're right about that. I only saw the isolated clip on Instagram of the incident and thought that clip was it. That being said, Brodozer could have still done the same thing in any other spot before Hurricane completed his run, like in one of the turns where he's rolled before. Even if the race was already over for Hurricane, them almost colliding is still not okay.
  13. Another issue I noticed with the 4 truck racing is how when Brodozer spun out, Hurricane Force wasn't able to complete his race properly, to no fault of his own. I don't think that's fair to the other driver who isn't able to finish their race because of what happened to a completely different truck. Here's a clip of what I'm talking about.
  14. Not only do I doubt this, but your argument is very narrow-minded. You're acting like people can either want any possible innovation/evolution at all, or none whatsoever, when most people are making clear arguments of what they do and don't want and aren't talking about absolutes. I think four trucks running two different races all at once is definitely a bad idea.. It reminds me of why tandem freestyles were nixed, one of them being that it's too difficult to focus on multiple trucks at once unless they're all doing the same thing. It just turns into an assault on your senses and not to mention, doesn't serve any real purpose or fix any issues.
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