Chris Cooksey

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  1. Thanks! That is all I am saying.
  2. Retirement has not been all roses for Carmichael either.
  3. Our sport like others has success stories and stories with sad endings. Swink, J-Law, Sheak, Eickel, Riddle, Healy, Evans are just a few guys who have had a tough time. I do NOT think Dungey will go down this road but I didn't think Windham would struggle either....
  4. You nailed it! Thanks for reading!
  5. I never pulled anything, I am confused? The first time I posted it I had a spelling error that I corrected... Not sure what you are talking about, as I stand by my opinions right or wrong. With that said, I am not above changing my opinion if new information is available.
  6. Thanks Monk, exactly where I was going with the article.
  7. I was at Laguna Seca in 2005, he was amazing!!! I think I cried when I saw Earl get on the back for the parade lap....
  8. Dungey is the man! You are correct sir, I doubt I could find an athlete better suited for whatever he wants in life. Doesn't mean he is immune to some of the pitfalls of idle hands. I am a big fan and wouldn't be surprised if he makes a comeback in a year or two, once his batteries are recharged. I place him 4 all time: 1. RC. 2. McGrath 3. Hannah 4. Dungey. I put him ahead of Villapoto because of his staying power, but it's close.
  9. Even if you are correct, why would you be proud to break this news. Even if you were close enough to the family to know this information, how disrespectful is it to post it on a forum? Not cool!
  10. Bowman, first off Nicky Hayden isn't dead, he is in extremely critical condition. I wrote about what potential pitfalls a professional athelete can incur following retirement. I never said he was getting a divorce. Facts are facts and many marriages don't make it through this time period. I don't know anything about Lindsay or Ryan's personal relationship nor would I call his wife a Moto Hoe. You strengthen my point by listing some of the guys who are now divorced. Do you know any former professional athletes? I do and it it a tough transition to civilian, just ask my buddy Chuck Sun. Bowman I wrote: "Ryan Dungey will be remembered as one of the hardest working and determined riders in the sport’s history." I think that is pretty good. He also apologized for yelling at me, I am a big fan and hope he is happy and healthy in his retirement. Just for arguments sake, here is another positive thing I said about him. "I personally appreciated Dungey this season as this was my first season in the Supercross media and he made it very memorable. He answered my press conference questions honestly and didn’t hide his emotions." Bowman, I expect some of the clowns in this forum to say silly stuff but I have higher expectations for you, you can do better.
  11. Yes, something I thought about. I choose not to focus on someone's religious beliefs, but yes I think that will help him during this transition.
  12. Appreciate your opinion. I have no doubt Dungey will be just fine in his retirement. Every other article written about his retirement seems to end with unicorns and rainbows. I want to focus on the reality of life change. No matter how much money you have, a complete life change can be tough. Like Lindsay Dungey said "I am excited to meet Ryan as a person and not a racer". As far as the interview questions... I ask what I want to know. If my question was so stupid, why did Dungey apologize? Many respected journalists in our sport sought me out in Vegas or after the Vegas SX to thank me for my refreshing my point of view. My questions in the press conference helped gain insight for everyone. Check my very first SX preview article, I was spot on with my analysis of Dungey and his season. Thanks again for taking the time to share your opinion!
  13. Congratulations to Ryan Dungey on his highly successful racing career! He will go down as one of the all-time greats in the sport of Motocross and Supercross. While the sport is beneficial with Dungey’s participation, the sport will survive without it. After hearing his retirement speech, at his personal press conference, I am curious to see how he handles retirement. Retirement for professional athletes can be tough. Athletes define themselves by their skills and Dungey's entire life has been dedicated to the goal of winning. Once winning is no longer an athlete’s sole goal in life, depression can take hold. The identity of their professional self dies and they are forced to reinvent themselves. In the heat of the moment Dungey probably wished he was normal and didn't have the intense pressure or stress anymore. While this is true, he will still miss the adoration of so many fans. He will never be able to recreate the feeling of crossing the line to win a Supercross Championship. His life will be full of great joy and good times but the feeling of being Champion cannot be replicated. Ryan Dungey will be remembered as one of the hardest working and determined riders in the sport’s history. This skill will help him moving forward or it will be his downfall. Unfortunately, professional athletes are not held to normal societal rules and many are socially inept. They are so used to everything being geared towards them and their goals. In retirement they are expected to instantly become regular people. They no longer receive special treatment or have an entire team geared toward assisting them reach their goals. They lose many “friends” who were there to feed off their fame and fortune. This is devastating to their psyche. Dungey will need to learn how to widen his focus. The tunnel vision required to be a Champion can alienate an athlete in regular society. Retiring athletes often have an identity crisis when it all ends. During their careers they have a team of people helping them focus and move forward. When they retire this giant support system shrinks to a few people and things can feel lonely. In the next couple years Ryan and Lindsay will be challenged in their relationship. The divorce rate for professional athletes upon retirement is extremely high, their relationship dynamic will completely change. I have heard many people say, “He is rich and has a hot wife, life is good!” While this is true many professional Motocross racers don't have the money to sit back and reflect. Ryan has the money to allow the nothingness of retirement set in. Ryan doesn't need to enter the regular workforce and will have a lot of time on his hands. Ryan will have to find a new motivation for getting up in the morning, much like Kevin Windham. He might want to give Windham a call and allow Windham to explain the emotional roller coaster that lies ahead, and unlike his professional career this will be played out in private. While we celebrate Ryan Dungey and his historic career achievements, I am concerned for him as a human being. I don't think Ryan will go very far from the sport, he has too much to offer. Hopefully he will make the transition and embrace his new life in whatever role he chooses. RD5 is no longer his identity, he is now Ryan from Minnesota. I personally appreciated Dungey this season as this was my first season in the Supercross media and he made it very memorable. He answered my press conference questions honestly and didn’t hide his emotions. I took a lot of heat after Glendale, but I wouldn't have it any other way. He showed his human side, something he never showed earlier in his career. If you want a perfect example of the struggles an athlete goes through upon retirement, check out the documentary State of Play: Happiness. (Photos by LC)
  14. Official announcement Friday, but solid source says he is out for outdoors.