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Monster Truck Mishap

I witnessed many stupid events in my years working with the Astrodome video crew. The stupidest event of all – even more than any event associated with the Rodeo – was the Monster Truck event. I could never figure that damn thing out.

With motorcycle races, the object was evident: first to the finish wins. But Monster Trucks? Driving over junk cars? Spinning around in the dirt? What’s the point?

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I’ve got to admit I’m shocked to have never seen more stories like this one. Monster Truck performing stunts crashes into crowd and injures nine people.

I don’t understand the fascination with Monster Trucks, and I don’t understand why would people would stand in a circle and watch it spin around in circles and squash small cars. Then again, I’ve also failed all of Jeff Foxworthy’s “you might be a redneck” tests, so maybe that’s why I can’t understand the thing.

That said, I don’t recall reading any stories about a linebacker zooming out of control, flying into the stands, and injuring nine people – Pacman Jones fleeing a strip club doesn’t count. -- John Royal

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