Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Last year around this time, I mentioned that ESPN was planning on airing an "Extreme New Years Rockin' Eve". Well the stunts at the time, (a world-record motorcycle jump the length of a football field), and a rocking performance by Angels and Airwaves, were such a success....that they're airing a second one this year!
ESPN’s popular New Year’s Eve show of a year ago will return with two familiar faces and two thrilling events. Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. will once again feature motocross star Robbie “Maddo” Maddison attempting a jump unlike any other while Rhys Millen will seek redemption for the successful truck flip that eluded him last year. Red Bull: New Year No Limits hosted by Joe Tessitore will be televised live from Las Vegas immediately following the network’s coverage of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approximately 11 p.m. ET) on ESPN/ESPN HD. Also, the show will be simulcast live on ESPN360.com.I poked fun at the idea last year, but I have to admit that I'm intrigued with this year's stunts. Both sound extremely dangerous, and both have the potential of serious injury and/or death. That's always a great combo when you're trying to get viewers!
Having broken the world record for a motorcycle jump (322’ 7.5”) during the 2007 telecast with a leap over the length of a football field, Maddison will attempt a more finessed, but equally challenging jump this time. He will attempt to ascend with his bike more than 120 feet high to land on the top of the 96-foot-high replica Arc de Triomphe in front of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Upon completing the jump, he will then freefall 50 feet off the Arc to a ramp.
Expected to join his history-making colleague, Millen will seek to accomplish the first back flip of an off-road truck in a location TBD. Millen’s feat demands the truck travel a distance of 80 feet at a height of 50 feet to complete the rotation. During his last practice before the 2007 telecast, Millen overshot his landing, resulting in injury, damage to his vehicle and his withdrawal from the event. Millen is recovered and more determined than ever.
Plus, any program that cause Mark Schlereth to crash on a dirtbike while promoting that he's hosting it....has my approval.
ESPN To Air A Sports (X-Games) Rockin' New Years Eve! (Awful Announcing)
Mark Schelerth Thinks He Can Ride A Dirt Bike, Mark Schelereth Was Wrong
(Via ESPN PR)