Video Games in the X-Games?

Major League Gaming’s Call of Duty U.S. Championship

Is “gaming” a legitimate sport? Some would laugh at this question as I once did, but now competitive video gamers might have a little more ammo for their arguments.

Monday, X Games announced that together with Major League Gaming that there will be a “Call of Duty” tournament along side events such as Skateboarding, FMX, and BMX as part of X Games Austin in June.

The “MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts” tournament will feature the top five “Call of Duty” teams based on MLG Pro Points plus the top three teams from the “Call of Duty” championship held in Winter Park, Fla., last month. The eight teams will compete in a double-elimination group format, with four teams advancing to a single-elimination bracket. X Games medals will be awarded to the winning teams.

“The popularity of competitive gaming and the MLG Pro Circuit is at an all-time high with millions watching the best gamers compete each month on MLG.tv,” MLG EVP of sales, Don Reilley, said. “This collaboration with X Games will help further bring MLG to the mainstream while we provide advertisers with quality exposure and deep engagement with our fan base on MLG.tv across all platforms.”

Since the mid 90’s when the X Games was born, its goal was always to take alternative sports and make them more mainstream, which they have been very successful in doing over the past 19 or so years.

So does competitive video gaming belong in the X Games?  Will it bring the crowds they are hoping?  Maybe it is a ploy to introduce more people to the action sports world, or maybe it is the exact opposite.  Maybe there is a whole side of gaming that people don’t under stand.

All I know is now parents basements across the globe have transformed over night from a smelly, filthy nightwalker dungeon into a state of the art X Games training facilities, and Doritos, and Mountain Dew finally fit into that training diet you have been hoping for your whole life.

 

 

 

 

Ryan Villopoto claims his 4th straight AMA Supercross Championship

For the first time in over 20 years of Supercross, race fans and the sports best athletes filled MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday night. Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto dominated the premier class to take the win and clinch the 2014 AMA/FIM World championship before heading to Vegas next weekend. GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle took the win in New Jersey to take over the points lead in the 250 East Championship.

Ryan Villopoto led the pack into turn one taking the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, followed by Justin Hill, Mike Alessi, Andrew Short and Jake Weimer. Unfortunately the majority of the front runners got a poor jump out of the gate, starting outside of the top ten. Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart, both Red Bull/KTM riders; Dungey and Roczen and Muscle Milk/Honda’s Justin Barcia all started outside of the top ten.

Stewart, with the best start of the group, began to work his way up through the pack, making quick work of many riders. Going into lap three, he lost control of his bike, dabbing his foot in a corner and unfortunately tweaking his knee. After attempting to ride out the injury, he found himself unable to complete the next lap before pulling off the track.

Eli Tomac made his way through the top five with a final pass on Josh Hill on his way to his best finish of the year. Going into lap eight, Motoconcept’s Mike Alessi attempted to hold off Dungey, Barcia and Ken Roczen. All three of the riders managed to make the pass on Alessi in the following lap.

Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen managed to make a clean pass on Muscle Milk/Honda rider Justin Barcia around the halfway mark. But with five laps to go, Bam-Bam Barcia returned the favor, swapping some paint with newfound rival, Ken Roczen.

Barcia continued to push forward making the pass on Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey with Roczen making his way by, as well.  The two passes managed to put Dungey out of his mental zone, forcing him to miss the triple and go down with only four laps to go.

Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto rode flawlessly and lead the entire moto to take home his fortieth career win and his fourth straight Monster Energy AMA Supercross title. Villopoto stands to be only the second rider in history, next to Jeremy McGrath, to win four straight AMA Supercross/FIM World Championship titles in 40 years of Supercross.

Eli Tomac took home second place, while Josh Hill took the final podium position in the premier class.

In the 250SX class Jimmy Decotis led the pack into turn on his Riverside Harley Davidson backed Honda. The seventeen year-old rookie, Matt Biscgelia managed to come out of turn one just behind Decotis, followed by Vince Friese. All three of these riders had the best starts of their careers in East Rutherford, with none of them ever finishing on the podium.

Matt Biscgelia worked quickly to close the gap on Decotis. Going into lap four, Biscgelia managed to get a wheel in on Decotis to make the pass for the lead. Unfortunately, Decotis got a little too excited to make the pass back on Biscgelia and tucked the front end after making contact with his rear tire. After going down, Decotis dropped back to tenth.

Jeremy Martin worked to close the gap on Friese and managed to make the pass, putting himself into third.

After making his way by the Martin brothers and Friese, Bogle looked to close the gap on Biscgelia. Bogle managed to close in on the rookie and make a clean pass to move himself into the lead around the halfway point. After taking over the lead from Biscgelia, Bogle began to pull away, putting some ground between him and the rest of the pack.

Closing in on the final laps of the race, Biscgelia stalled his bike, letting Jeremy Martin and Friese by and dropping back to fifth.

After working his way through the top five, Bogle took home the win in East Rutherford. Bogle also took over the points lead in the absence of points leader, Martin Davalos. Davalos was unable to carry the red plate to East Rutherford after sustaining an unfortunate ankle injury while testing last week. Davalos has undergone surgery to repair to his broken ankle but unfortunately will be unable to finish out the series. With Davalos, Cianciarulo and Blake Baggett all on the injured list, the Monste Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 250 team was absent from East Rutherford.

Jeremy Martim held onto second to claim the second step on the podium and the best finish of his career. Factory Metal Works rider, Vince Friese held out to round out the podium and celebrate the best finish of his career.

Next weekend the series heads to Las Vegas for final round of AMA Supercross 2014. Both 250 classes will race their final rounds with the top finishers heading to the East/West Shootout at the end of the night.

250SX  RACE RESULTS – EAST RUTHERFORD

  1. Justin Bogle
  2. Jeremy Martin
  3. Vince Friese
  4. Matt Bisceglia
  5. Matthew Lemione
  6. Kyle Cunningham
  7. Alex Martin
  8. Mitchell Oldenburg
  9. Jimmy Decotis
  10. Jackson Richardson

450SX RACE RESULTS-EAST RUTHERFORD

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Eli Tomac
  3. Josh Hill
  4. Justin Barcia
  5. Ken Roczen
  6. Ryan Dungey
  7. Mike Alessi
  8. Andrew Short
  9. Trey Canard
  10. Weston Peick

250SX EAST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Justin Bogle (166)
  2. Martin Davalos (149)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (120)
  4. Blake Baggett (120)
  5. Vince Friese (120)
  6. Kyle Cunningham (109)
  7. Matthew Lemoine (90)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (90)
  9. Cole Thompson (89)
  10. Alex Martin (86)

450SX POINT STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (343)
  2. Ryan Dungey (282)
  3. James Stewarty (271)
  4. Ken Roczen (265)
  5. Justin Barcia (232)
  6. Andrew Short (207)
  7. Justin Brayton (196)
  8. Josh Hill (144)
  9. Broc Tickle (126)
  10. Wil Hahn (122)

250SX WEST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (178)
  2. Cole Seely (170)
  3. Justin Hill (139)
  4. Dean Wilson (138)
  5. Cooper Webb (121)
  6. Malcolm Stewart (121)
  7. Jessy Nelson (103)
  8. Zach Osborne (100)
  9. Shane McElrath (96)
  10. Jake Canada (72)

AMA SUPERCROSS NEW VENUE- METLIFE STADIUM, NJ

NEW VENUE- EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

This weekend the Monster Energy AMA Supercross team will transform MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey into a supercross track for the first time in history. Race fans and riders have been buzzing about Round Sixteen at East Rutherford all year long and the time has finally come for the best riders in the world to flood Metropolitan New York. This round in New Jersey has been a big stepping-stone for the sport, as it moves into one of the most heavily populated areas of the United States of America. The metropolitan area is home to the most knowledgeable and passionate sports fans in the world and will now experience the excitement of this one of a kind sport for the first time in history.

Ryan Villopoto leads the championship points chase heading into this weekend at MetLife Stadium. Villopoto has the opportunity to clinch the championship title this weekend sitting forty-eight points ahead of James Stewart.

James Stewart stands to be the only man on the track who can shut down Villopoto’s hopes of clinching his fourth straight supercross title. On any given weekend Stewart can be the fastest guy on the track, hands down. However, if any one of the many variables is out place and Villopoto beats him, Villopoto will clinch and the guys will head to Vegas to battle over second.

In a class stacked all the way to the back with past champions, this season has been the hardest season yet to find consistency. Monster Energy/Kawasaki has been the team to come as close as possible to consistency in a sport of unpredictable variables and outcomes this year. Ryan Villopoto has led the majority of the series in the premier 450 class, while teammates Cianciarulo and Davalos dominated the west 250SX class. Mitch Payton and the factory Kawasaki team have been honoured as the most dominant team in the sport.

MetLife Stadium will also host the 250SX East Class on Saturday night in New Jersey. Martin Davalos will be looking to dominate Justin Bogle in hopes of extending his points lead. Coming off a second place finish last round in St. Louis, Bogle will be even more eager to prove his abilities.

Regardless of who you are cheering for, East Rutherford will surely host a night full of excitement, agony and victory.

250SX WEST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (178)
  2. Cole Seely (170)
  3. Justin Hill (139)
  4. Dean Wilson (138)
  5. Cooper Webb (121)
  6. Malcolm Stewart (121)
  7. Jessy Nelson (103)
  8. Zach Osborne (100)
  9. Shane McElrath (96)
  10. Jake Canada (72)

250SX EAST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Martin Davalos (149)
  2. Justin Bogle (141)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (120)
  4. Blake Baggett (120)
  5. Vince Friese (100)
  6. Kyle Cunnigham (94)
  7. Cole Thopson (89)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (78)
  9. Matt Lemoine (74)
  10. Alex Martin (72)

450SX POINT STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (318)
  2. James Stewart (270)
  3. Ryan Dungey (267)
  4. Ken Roczen (249)
  5. Justin Barcia (214)
  6. Justin Brayton (196)
  7. Andrew Short (194)
  8. Broc Tickle (126)
  9. Josh Hill (124)
  10. Wil Hahn (122)

250 AMA Supercross Recap 2014

250 AMA Supercross Hole Shot St. Louis

250 AMA Supercross Hole Shot St. Louis

As the boys of Supercross took some time off this weekend, preparation for next weekend was surely an important part of the Easter celebrations. James Stewart only has two more weekends to hold off Ryan Villopoto from capturing his fourth consecutive FIM World Championship. And the guys in the East 250SX class have one more round this coming weekend at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, before they head to Vegas to battle it out in the East/West Shootout and crown champions.

In the 250SX East class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos is in the driver’s seat this weekend, eight points out on GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle. With only three wins so far this season and many unfulfilled attempts at claiming a championship in the past, Davalos has his first ever run at achieving this feat. Heading into this season Davalos was known as the guy to win heat races, but not mains. After taking home a few wins early in the season and leading many of the laps in each main event, the opinions of many race fans seemed to change. However, his rookie teammate, Cianciarulo had always been there to put the pressure on and take advantage of his mistakes. Many race fans have formed a new opinion of the 250SX class veteran in 2014 that he seems to lack the mental confidence that the young Cianciarulo seems to have locked down in his debut season.

Adam Cianciarulo 250 SX

Adam Cianciarulo Pops Shoulder Back in to Continue Riding

Unfortunately for Adam Cianciarulo, he is now out of the championship points chase due to a devastating injury he sustained in Toronto just a few weeks back. Heading into Toronto, Cianciarulo was holding the red number plate and had already achieved his maiden victory in his first ever career supercross race. Coming off one of the most successful amateur careers the sport had ever witnessed, Cianciarulo had the confidence to excel in the 250SX class. Although he wasn’t necessarily the fastest guy on the track every weekend his mental perseverance put him up on the podium each weekend. The 17 year-old rookie has undergone surgery in hopes that the reconstruction of his shoulder will be his best bet at a long professional career in the sport. Hopefully he will be healed and recovered for the opening rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross series.

GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle sits in the number two spot in the championship points battle, only eight points behind long time 250SX veteran, Martin Davalos. Bogle had a slow start to the season but has seemingly built speed and confidence throughout the season. Since the kick-off of the East Coast, Bogle has accomplished many feats in the past weeks. He has been on the podium five out of seven rounds, he claimed his best career finish in Detroit with a second and then went on to earn his first ever victory the following weekend in Toronto. In the last few weeks the competition has tightened between Bogle and Davalos and this weekend in East Rutherford looks to be one of the most exciting races to date in the 250SX East class.

Jason Anderson 250 SX Practice

Jason Anderson 250 SX Seattle

The West Coast 250SX wrapped up their last round last weekend in Seattle before they head to Vegas for the final round and the East/West shootout. Rockstar Racing/KTM’s Jason Anderson leads Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rival Cole Seely by only eight points. The red plate has been tossed back and forth a few times this season between the two riders and neither rider is willing to give up the championship without a fight.

Seely has led the majority of the laps in the 250SX West class with Jason Anderson capturing many of his wins in the closing laps of the race. Anderson has claimed four wins so far this season and has seemingly found all the pieces to dominate the class as a long time 250SX competitor. The Rio Rancho-native has a strong foundation behind him, with his team manager backing him one hundred percent, which has seemingly given him the confidence to excel in the most competitive class to date.

Cole Seely has dominated most races leading the class right to the white flag, only to have Anderson steal his thunder in the closing laps. Seely has captured two wins so far this season with only one of the two with Andeson in sight. With four second place finishes so far this season, Vegas will be the venue for Seely to either step up and shut down Anderson or accept that he is a more consistent second place finisher.

Unfortunately race fans will have to hold off for one more week before they can choose sides and witness one of the biggest rivalry battles the 250SX has ever unveiled. As Seely and Anderson and the rest of the West class take the next two weeks to prep for Vegas, the East Coast riders will head to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for one more round of battle before the season finale.

250SX WEST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (178)
  2. Cole Seely (170)
  3. Justin Hill (139)
  4. Dean Wilson (138)
  5. Cooper Webb (121)
  6. Malcolm Stewart (121)
  7. Jessy Nelson (103)
  8. Zach Osborne (100)
  9. Shane McElrath (96)
  10. Jake Canada (72)

250SX EAST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Martin Davalos (149)
  2. Justin Bogle (141)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (120)
  4. Blake Baggett (120)
  5. Vince Friese (100)
  6. Kyle Cunnigham (94)
  7. Cole Thopson (89)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (78)
  9. Matt Lemoine (74)
  10. Alex Martin (72)

AMA Supercross 2014 450 Recap

This week in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the boys will be taking a break to spend Easter with their families before they head to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This weekend is the only break for the riders in the 450SX class since the beginning of the Supercross season, back in January. The Eastern 250SX class will be in the line up on Saturday night in New Jersey for their last round of competition, before they head to Vegas for head-to-head competition with the riders from the West.

Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will head to MetLife Stadium with a forty-eight point gap over James Stewart, after his showing at his hometown race in Seattle, Washington, last weekend. Villopoto sits fifty-one points out on Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey, meaning that Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart is the only man on the track who could shut down Villopoto’s hopes of claiming the championship in 2014.

However, the three times AMA Supercross World Champion will be looking to rap up his fourth Supercross title in a row at East Rutherford, next weekend. The Poulsbo, Washington native has been the only racer in history to clinch a Supercross championship four rounds early. Villopoto will either only need to finish two positions ahead of Stewart or capture the win next weekend to clinch the 2014 championship one round early.

Justin Barcia Celebrates with James Stewart

Yoshimura/Suzuki rider, James Stewart has made claims that he plans to retire in the coming years, but the news has come in one of his most successful seasons to date. Since the gate dropped at Anaheim 1, Stewart has been faced with struggles, bad luck and some gnarly crashes. However, race fans have witnessed a seemingly new and different James Stewart than they have witnessed ever in history. He seems to have found the correct ingredients for consistency that he has lacked for his entire career and yet with this new maturity he still manages to turn heads with his unparalleled speed and talent. Amongst a crowd of former champions, the two –time champion still manages to live up to his nickname of the fastest man on the planet. If the early rounds had gone slightly different for Stewart the championship point chase may have looked a little different come Vegas.

Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey has dealt with a very frustrating season, as a former champion looking to dominate amongst a field of past champions. Although he has managed to stay healthy throughout the season, the results have been less than satisfactory for the integrity of Ryan Dungey and his team. The KTM team has earned only three wins so far this season, with only one belonging to Dungey.

Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen has earned the other two wins for the team including his win at the opening round in Anaheim, California. Roczen has proven to be strong despite the challenges that, not only his career has presented him but also the challenges of his personal life. In his decision to work with Alden Baker for training purposes, Roczen had lost the support of his dad, who had stood by him throughout his amateur career. His energy and positive attitude in times of struggle and defeat have earned him much respect in the industry and amongst his competition. The young rookie and German rider sits only eighteen points shy of finishing out the season in the top three. With a strong showing in the next two rounds, Roczen could possibly finish out his rookie season in the top three, amongst the deepest field and most fierce competition the sport has ever witnessed.

Muscle Milk/Honda’s, Justin “Bam-Bam” Barcia has pulled together a strong season despite the early struggles of his season. Although race fans have witnessed glimpses of “Bam-Bam” throughout the season, he too seems to have found a more mature means for competition in 2014. After a bad crash at round eight in Atlanta, Barcia was unable to pick up any points for that weekend and had to sit out the following weekend on the mend. However, the Florida state native bounced back from the injury with his best finishes of the year in the following rounds. The young Honda rider has earned four podiums this year to put himself in fifth in the points chase.

Trey Canard Seattle SX

Muscle Milk/Honda rider, Trey Canard sat out the majority of the season nursing injuries he sustained in December of last year. In his return to the circuit he has defiantly surprised fans with his consistent top five finishes despite his laundry list of previous injuries. Once you reach a certain number of injuries pushing for a certain a goal, many would assume that one would find new dreams. But, despite Canard`s long list of injuries and other tragedies, he still keeps pushing for the top. With a full, healthy season he will surely be there.

This weekend a lot of racers will likely be taking some time to spend with their families in between training sessions to get ready for East Rutherford, New Jersey. This will be the last round before the finale in Las Vegas, where champions will be crowned champions and plans for the 2014 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series will begin. The outdoor season will begin the weekend of May 24th, 2014 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, leaving the riders only three weeks to prepare.

 

250SX WEST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson (178)
  2. Cole Seely (170)
  3. Justin Hill (139)
  4. Dean Wilson (138)
  5. Cooper Webb (121)
  6. Malcolm Stewart (121)
  7. Jessy Nelson (103)
  8. Zach Osborne (100)
  9. Shane McElrath (96)
  10. Jake Canada (72)

250SX EAST POINT STANDINGS

  1. Martin Davalos (149)
  2. Justin Bogle (141)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (120)
  4. Blake Baggett (120)
  5. Vince Friese (100)
  6. Kyle Cunnigham (94)
  7. Cole Thopson (89)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (78)
  9. Matt Lemoine (74)
  10. Alex Martin (72)

450SX POINT STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (318)
  2. James Stewart (270)
  3. Ryan Dungey (267)
  4. Ken Roczen (249)
  5. Justin Barcia (214)
  6. Justin Brayton (196)
  7. Andrew Short (194)
  8. Broc Tickle (126)
  9. Josh Hill (124)
  10. Wil Hahn (122)
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