Cody Thorn: I can’t stay away from sports

Cody Thorn

So here I am on day five of vacation and I have came to this realization — I have a problem.

Well I don’t know if it’s a problem, but I went on vacation and what have I done?

Watched sports.

Since leaving on Wednesday, I have seen a rodeo, a Royals game, a horse show, a demolition derby and finally another Royals game. With all of that going on, you would think that it isn’t much of a vacation, but to me it is.

I used to work for a grocery store when I was younger and I used to go to games on my days off.

Now, that I’m a sports writer, I go to games on my days off. I have been asked more than a few times, “Aren’t you suppose to go on vacation to get away from your job?”

I guess in a sense yes, but I love my job, and it’s not really a job for me. Sports have always been my life and I feel fortunate to be able to watch sports either in person or on TV about every day of the year.

This is the first time that I have been off work for more than a week that hasn’t included some form of the flu or strep throat, so that is kind of nice.

Well, I guess the point of all of this rambling is this – the demolition derby.

I think there should be more of them in the area and perhaps even in Newton County at some point. I attended the Crawford County, Kan., Fair in Girard this past weekend and the main event on Saturday night was the demolition derby. Last year was the first time that I had ever been to one in person and couldn’t wait to go back this year. I don’t know what it is about cars wrecking into each other, but for some reason it’s fun to watch when it doesn’t involve U.S. 71 or Interstate 44.

Many of the cars are left over “tanks” from the 1970s and 1980s and they make pretty good cars to wreck since they are so large they can handle the multiple hits they take.

The crowd on Saturday was very large at the fairgrounds, and any place a person could sit they did, even on the bucking chutes at the rodeo gates.

It was fun to watch the demolition derby as they ran four different heats, with the last two cars still running and in one piece, sorta, still alive.

The cars that could still run made their way to the consolation finals and then the finals included the eight finalists from the four heats and the one car that made it from the consolation finals.

Well, you all know how it works, just crash your cars until you are lucky enough to bust the front end of your opponents or in some cases, blow up tires — which is a lovely sound.

The winner brought home $2,000 in cash, not bad for being a reckless driver.

I’m not sure if it would be possible to bring an event like this to one of the local fairs here in Missouri, but I know I would definitely show up to it and I’m willing to bet there are a lot more who would.

Cody Thorn is the sports editor at the Neosho Daily News and he will return his duties of being a sports editor in the new few days after catching a couple of Royals games.