I don't think you understand. You wouldn't have this website without Mike Douglas. You wouldn't have a sport without Mike Douglas. All those skiers you like so much? All up on Dumont's nuts? If every X games athlete was in a room with you and Douglas and you started talking shit about him, the first thing that would happen would be dead silence. The second would be one of your idols asking you to leave.
Guy deserves as much or more respect than ANYONE in skiing. ANYONE. So go fuck yourself if you don't like his voice, or the way he calls it.
Usually at the end of an interview I toss out a soft question like the one you just heard, something easy to answer that puts a big punctuation mark on the whole piece and leaves everyone feeling good. Mike wasn?t quite done though. He wanted to ?set the record straight? about the X-Games, because he knows who is reading this, and how much heat he?s taken over his commentary.
I went on Newschoolers.com after the X-Games last year, and there was some major abuse going on. I understand some of the gripes, and I hear a lot of, ?Mike Douglas sucks as a commentator.? What kids need to realize is that 98% of the audience has no idea what they?re watching. If I were to be cool and core to commentate to the whole Newschoolers.com crowd, I would talk totally differently. I would be way more inside, core, and calling tricks. The fact is they don?t need it. They could turn the volume off, and they can commentate it themselves because they know exactly what they?re watching. My job with ESPN is to be a translator for the rest of the world who are going, [in a hick accent] ?Why the hell are them skiers going downhill doing them flippy doodles??
The whole X-Games crew from Summer X and Winter X has to go through production seminars every year. We all get together and we have to sit through a full day of why we suck. Almost every complaint that comes our way from production is that we?re too inside, and that we?re trying to be too cool. They say we need to translate better what?s happening on the screen. You can?t say, ?There?s a switch 10.? The average person has no idea what that means. So I might say, ?He did a switch 1080, that?s backwards to backwards, with three full spins.? We have to do that if we want our sport to grow. I think if we don?t, then kids who are that core should spray paint all their skis black so they have no logos, and never use the lifts. If we want our sport to grow and have better parks, better lifts, better mountains, and better opportunities, we need to reach a broader audience. My job as the commentator is to translate what?s going on in our world for the common man. The only exposure some people ever have to skiing is when they?re flipping through the channels on a Sunday afternoon and randomly catch the X-Games. The better we can make that look, and the more we can make them understand what?s going on, the better off we are.
In a perfect world you could fuck people without ever giving them a piece of your heart.
And every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh is another shard of heart you'll never see again.