Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. Pretty heavy weekend coming up, ladies and gentlemen. The Fourth of July is the biggest day of the year for our country and there will be celebrations from sea to shining sea. I chose pride as a title for this week's column because that word has always kind of rattled back and forth in my head. It's an interesting word that has a vast definition. Some folks view pride as a positive, while others consider it to be one of the worst sins a person can commit. That said, for better or for worse, Americans have more pride than any country on the globe. We absolutely adore our flag. Ours is bold, bright, and beautiful. When a man buys his house, 90% of the time the first thing he does after carrying the wife through the front door is unfurl Old Glory and set her sailing off the porch. Why is that? Is it because that man was proud of what his forefathers did to make this country stand on its own two feet? Or, does that flag stand for a sense of personal accomplishment? Maybe both?
History is one of my favorite pastimes and I've read enough to know that Americans have a lot to be proud of. But I've also been around long enough to watch pride help the country slowly eat itself. We bought things we couldn't afford to keep up with the Jones’s, and look where we are now. Be that as it may, some better-aimed pride will turn it around. Pride in your work. Like a racer's pride...
I think all motocross riders have more pride and patriotism than anyone. It takes a mountain of fortitude to look past ominous dangers like first-turn pileups and little jumps like LaRocco's Leap. The line between confidence and arrogance with most motocrossers is paper-thin. And with the best, the Alpha Males, there is no line. They are fearless egomaniacs who don't just think they are bulletproof, they know it.
If you watch the Star Spangled Banner play at any sporting event, the strongest participants are the ones standing the straightest with their hands over their hearts. I've seen NFL players moved to tears before a regular-season game. NASCAR's Jimmy Johnson hears the Star Spangled Banner 35 weeks in a row, and each time he stands like a stone pillar until the jets fly by.