Last night, professional motorsports icon and Nitro Circus ring leader Travis Pastrana honored legendary daredevil Evel Knievel by attempting three of his most dangerous feats in Las Vegas, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch it play out LIVE on HISTORY’s Evel Live.
Now if you are a Nitro Circus fan, you know that Pastrana is no stranger to danger, pulling off some pretty incredible stunts (like jumping out of a plane without a parachute), but he’s also had some pretty gnarly mishaps along the way.
So how did he fare last night? Keep reading to find out.
In the first stunt of the night, Travis set out to break Evel’s record by jumping over 52 crushed cars (Knievel only jumped over 50 cars when he did the stunt at the L.A. Coliseum in 1973). Of the three jumps, this was the shortest, and he cleared the cars with ease. Still, had the weather played a part (it was 111° F outside), or if if the Indian Scout FTR750 V-twin motorcycle wasn’t up to the task, it could have been ugly, as the last thing you want to land on is a crushed car.
You can watch the jump here:
After that, Travis set out to break Evel’s record by jumping over 16 Greyhound buses (Knievel only jumped over 14 buses when he pulled off this iconic stunt at King’s Island in Ohio back in 1975). Mind you, he’s still amped up from that first jump, and he’s been roasting in that crazy leather get-up of his for nearly 2 hours now. Would this play a part in the stunt?
Nope! Once again, Travis soared over those buses like it was nothing, and looking at the video below, you can see that he had plenty of room to spare. Pretty incredible stuff.
The final stunt of the night had Pastrana attempting to complete the famous Caesars Palace fountain jump that 50 years ago left Knievel grasping for his life (where he suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles, and a concussion that kept him in the hospital), on a v-twin motorcycle similar to what Evel used.
This one was quite the nail biter, with a super short approach ramp and no room for error. And once again, Travis made it look easy, flying over the fountains with ease and landing safely on the other side. I’m pretty sure I held my breath the entire time!
Kudos to Travis Pastrana for pulling off all three of these insane jumps, and further cementing himself as an action sports legend. I like to think that Evel was watching from above, and giving Travis a big thumbs-up for doing him proud!
Photo Credit: Chris Tedesco/A+E Networks
Groundbreaking Tech Is Transforming The Treatment Of Spinal Cord Injuries
When it comes to the world of medicine, technology has completely transformed the way in which doctors are able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions.
For individuals with serious spinal cord injuries, new technology is completely changing long-term prognoses and allowing for an improved quality of life. From clever little gadgets to help patients eat and drink to state-of-the-art exoskeletons to help with independent movement, technology has a role to play in all of this and so much more.
Lower body paralysis has always been a particularly difficult conundrum to solve, and most of the treatments have been to improve comfort and basic exercise only. But while complete reversal of the condition is still something that has yet to be achieved, there is most definitely a much brighter future on the horizon.
Taking It To The Next Level – Epidural Stimulation
One recent development in the treatment of spinal cord injuries is a new procedure known as Epidural Stimulation. This treatment involves the very clever use of an electronic device which is implanted and hooked up to the spine of the patient. In doing so, electrical currents from the device can bypass the point of injury and in turn, the individual has the potential to make limb movements that were previously impossible following their injury.
In what is an epic collaboration between advanced research and medical care, this example of medical technological advancement has allowed patients to become mobile once more.
Furthermore, this treatment has also helped those who have received it to make significant improvements in other areas that were affected by their injury such as better bladder control, muscle mass growth as well as improved body temperature regulation and sexual function.
Andrew Bell’s Mission to Walk Again
After a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, Andrew Bell was told by his doctors in the UK that he would never be able to move his legs on his own again, let alone manage to take steps. Following this diagnosis, the keen sportsman from England was determined to prove his doctors wrong.
Andrew travelled to Bangkok to undergo the pioneering Epidural Stimulation treatment after researching his available options. Just a few days after his initial treatment, Andrew was able to control some movements in his legs – something he was told would never be possible.
Since then has gone on to make significant further progress, including standing and taking steps whilst holding parallel bars for support.
Pioneering Research and Development
Pioneering research is paving the way for revolutionary solutions to previously life limiting conditions. For those who have sustained spinal cord injuries, options are already available to allow for results that were once deemed impossible following such an injury to the body
While we upgrade our mobile devices just to look that little bit cooler, we should never forget that there is an army of scientists and engineers out there that really are changing peoples lives for the better, and we salute them!
Which NFL Teams Are Standing Out This Season?
We’re six weeks into the NFL regular season, and it is a good time to look at which teams show signs of being Super Bowl contenders this year, and which players you need to look out for. Of course, with a few months still left in the season, anything could happen. So if your team isn’t looking so hot right now, keep rooting them one, because anything can happen!
Pre-season predictions for 2018 NFL
What can be fascinating is to first look back at what everyone was saying before a football was kicked or quarterback sacked. Have the teams and players that generated the most draft-based excitement gone on to fulfill this promise?
Looking back to pre-season, many expected the LA Rams to do well with Sean McVay at the helm. Their record to date seems to back this up, as we will look at further below. Other tips that many had for teams to dominate their division in the 2018 NFL season were the Houston Texans, the Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars due to the players at their disposal, but these haven’t quite come off.
What all this shows is that while great fun, picking teams to do well before any of the action has kicked off is kind of hard!
Which teams have stood out so far?
As we head deeper into the NFL season, the following teams have shown that they are forces to be reckoned with:
- Cincinnati Bengals – with a current record of 4-1, the Bengals have started like a rocket. Playing against the Dolphins last week, they were down 17-0 in the 3rd quarter and yet still managed to pull off a 27-17 comeback win. This sums up their play to date – not especially entertaining or dominant but always managing to get that victory. They have some great young players in their ranks, such as Andy Dalton, and a very competent head coach to lead them in Marvin Lewis.
- Kansas City Chiefs – if you are a Chiefs fan, then you will be loving the 2018 season so far! With a record of 5-0, they have really shown what they are made of. Hopefully, this winning streak will continue for the remaining of the season. Last time out, they put in a dominant performance to win 30-14 against the Jaguars. Linebacker Dee Ford and defensive lineman Chris Jones look to be the players that will really keep them on the winning track.
- Tennessee Titans – something of a surprise for many is the Titans’ current form and record of 3-2. The main driver here is their new coach Mike Vrabel, who has really built a strong team and winning mentality. Recent victories over the Jaguars and Eagles were done with key players missing and some, such as QB Marcus Mariota, even playing injured. Their main strength is a vibrant offensive game that sees them high up in the NFL scoring stats.
- LA Rams – beating the Seattle Seahawks last game weekend by two points was a close call but one that has given the Rams a 5-0 record so far in 2018. Much of their success has been down to star quarterback Jared Goff, who many believe will be an MVP candidate. Coach McVay has got them playing well especially on the offense and molded the players into a robust unit.
- Chicago Bears – another team that has stood out so far this season has been the Chicago Bears. A very decent 3-1 record sees them leading the NFC North. A 48-10 win over the Buccaneers last game showed what they are good at. A very aggressive defense keeps things tight at the back, while their offense now looks as good. QB Mitchell Trubisky has come to life, and jet-heeled receiver Taylor Gabriel is also looking good.
Get in on the action
There is no doubt that watching and catching up with all the action is amazing. If you want to get even closer to the game though, why not back your favorite team with a bet? Online sports betting not only allows you to profit from the teams that are standing out right now but also enables you to get all the latest news on your team’s progress.
The 2018 NFL season is already sensational
The 2018 NFL season is shaping up to be one of the best ever so far. With hard defenses, big-throwing quarterbacks and speedy offensive players, it all adds up to a superb spectacle for fans. If you enjoy football, then the above teams are worth watching.
Courtyard Seeks Passionate NFL Fan To Embark On Dream Season Of Travel
Lately, we’ve seen a number of “dream jobs” popping up, and Courtyard by Marriott is joining the fray as well, looking for their first-ever Courtyard NFL Global Correspondent. The gig? Traveling the world and attending the world’s most exclusive NFL events!
Sounds too good to be true, but it’s 100% real. Here are the details from their press release:
There are 180.2 million NFL fans here in the United States, but only one will get the chance to pursue their NFL passions and travel the world to attend exclusive NFL events as the first-ever Courtyard NFL Global Correspondent. The lucky fan will embark on a dream season of international travel and exploration to discover the passion that unites NFL fans around the world and share their findings with fans, followers, Courtyard guests – and the world at large.
“As a brand, we have always enabled our guests to pursue their passions both personally and professionally on the road, so they can continuously move forward” said Janis Milham, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Classic Select Brands. “This year we are extending that shared mindset to our NFL programming, giving one lucky fan the chance of a lifetime to pursue their passion for the NFL in a season-long capacity.”
This season-long opportunity will include travel to NFL events around the world, including games in London, Mexico City and Minnesota, culminating in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Courtyard is seeking individuals who have a love for and knowledge of the NFL, are comfortable in front of a camera, are passionate and enthusiastic storytellers and are always looking to move forward in their personal and professional journeys.
From September 6th through September 24th, interested fans are encouraged to submit a 60-second video online at www.CourtyardCorrespondent.com.
Aspiring correspondents must be passionate about the NFL, football, food and travel and be a member of either Marriott Rewards or SPG. Entries will be judged based on charisma, passion and overall NFL expertise. Finalists will advance to an interview round and the Courtyard NFL Global Correspondent will be announced on October 16th.
Not a bad gig, eh? So don some face paint, turn up the energy, and submit a memorable video that is sure to get you noticed. Who knows, you might just get the job!