Jeremy McGrath said... (not a spoiler for TX SX)

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“I have been here for 10 years and the only place I have to go is down.”
Can you say, pity party?

Not the words of a true champion... Did Hannah feel sorry for himself when he started finishing further back in the pack? No way, he went out and raced several more seasons and continued giving it his best. Same with several other former champs.

Not MC, if that quote is any clue. I respect what he's done for the sport, but statements like that detract from the overall picture. Why not go out and continue putting top-5 finishes and be happy about it? He's got no reason to be saying crap like that.

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But didn't he also say "I've finished second before, and I came back the next year to win."

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“I have been here for 10 years and the only place I have to go is down.”
As cold, hard, and egotistical as it may sound, it is a true hard fact.

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Thats too bad you feel that way.Its a big adjustment hes going through,one that none of us will ever know,and I think MC is playing it out well.Besides,lots of statements are said in interviews that can be taken in many ways,this one happens to be a fact.Hes not quit yet.

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Seems like a huge stretch to make that into a negative. I think the MC detractors are dying to have fodder to criticize him. And since he hasn't provided any, because he's acting like a champ, a vet, and a gentleman, they are really grasping at straws. He says the track was hard, he gets nailed. Says it was easy, gets nailed. Doesn't say anything, you'd say he was hiding. Heck, who was it that said he would fake an injury and blame a loss of the points total on that? (Well of course that hasn't happened).

The guy goes out there every week and tries hard, even though he knows the glory years MAY be behind him. The fact that he has a little self-realization (it is indeed a fact that an aging vet who's been on top for a decade only has one place to go -- eventually) is to his credit, in my book.

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I think that he's come to the realization that kings don't live forever and castles made of sand slip into the sea eventually. :)

He knows he won't be here forever, and he surely knows there is virtually nothing he can do that can top the things he's already accomplished. But even so, his reign has already lasted longer than most.

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Watched the race on ABC today, and MC stated he WILL be back next year! Don't count him out just yet. Remember, this year Ricky was the one with the motivation. If MC is seriously motivated,like he was after he gave it up to Emig a couple of years ago, don't count him out!

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If RC does go to Honda that could add to McGrath`s motivation to beat him.

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I think this year was kind of a reality check for MC. Finally, somebody has the motivation and desire to step up, train hard and challenge him, even beat him. If anything, this will just motivate him to work like crazy in the off-season, and come back next year to put up a fight.

I'm a really, really big fan of Jeremy, and I guarantee he won't go quietly.

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Originally posted by LongTime:


The guy goes out there every week and tries hard, even though he knows the glory years MAY be behind him. The fact that he has a little self-realization (it is indeed a fact that an aging vet who's been on top for a decade only has one place to go -- eventually) is to his credit, in my book.

I'm with you man. I hope Jeremy does come back next year. If he does it will verify what he's said in the past about his heroes retiring to early (and how he didn't want to do that). I want to see him stand behind his words. I don't think he stands a chance against RC but if he keeps trying for at least another year he deserves more credit than those old has been riders that always find a way to complain about the current crop of riders.



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I believe MC will be back next year and will perform better than he did this year. I think he got to comfortable with the fact that no one could keep up with him and got kinda lazy in the off season. RC came into this season with fire in his eyes, he trained hard and competed in the outdoors rather than sitting around waiting for the SX season. Jeremy has the talent - he will just have to train harder in order to compensate for father time kreeping along.

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I stand corrected, and offer my apologies for sounding like I was attacking MC.

Here's the entire segment of his reply (from motoworld):

"People keep saying a lot of things about me this and that," said McGrath of talk that he is not on top right now. "I have been here for 10 years. I only have one way to go, and that is down. It is bound to happen sometime. RC had a great series. He is dominating right now. When I was 21 no one was beating me for sure. I know I have all the championships, outdoors and Supercross, but I am not going to come out here and just ride around. I do have something to prove each weekend. I am a long lasting champion. Next year I am going to work even harder. I am not going to let him have it. I think he won by big points this year. With the exception of RC everyone else is far behind me in points. I have a good job and I am not complaining."
That put in perspective, I do not think he was complaining or feeling sorry for himself, quite the opposite. He said that while he will most likely be dropping off the pace in the years to come, he will continue to ride just as hard. Good deal, Jeremy.


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I beleive MC has been great for the sport. I thank him for that. Recently I have heard a lot of talk about the fact that he has not been beat since 1993. I have seen this stated by Mikeee P in MX America and also in a piece at Motoworld.com. I thought he came in second for the championship to Jeff Emig in 1997? Am I crazy for thinking this or am I correct? I just thought I would check on this so I can confirm my sanity or possible insanity. If I am correct though, this would be nothing new for MC to come in second. And yes, MC is a smart guy, so maybe he will whip himself into shape for next season and come out fighting, like he knows how. I beleive RC kicked his butt. At the same time, I know MC has more fight in him that what he showed this season. Maybe it was due to his new team, new mechanic, new bike, new age, so on and so forth. Knowing MC, he will adjust accordingly as he has shown in the past.

By the way, I am a huge RC fan. I just think that MC deserves recognition for what he has done for the sport and how much he has truly acheived in 10 years of racing.

Andy

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McGrath is no longer the SX champion as of Sat. night, but he is still a champion. His podium speech basically said he's got a lot to work out for next year but that he would be back and expected his title back. (paraphrased, not quotes)

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