Gahres G-Dogs vs. Kickin' Johnsons
Last week, 12 families entered the
Extreme Arena with one goal in mind... a family vacation with a glowing
piece of our Aggro-Crag in the back seat. The Howlin' Howells howled
back after overcoming a 2.5 second deficit to make it to the top of the
Crag, leaving the Eichen-Splat in the dust for their second piece of the
One more semi will determine who'll face
them in the Aggro-Bowl.
(John, Donald, Cathy & John Mark)
(Brian, Emily, Lindsey & Sharon)
Semifinals will be a four-event affair
today, with three new events and the familiar charge up an even more
Event 1: AIR SLALOM
The only thing separating you and the
ground are a round trip between seven high-up gates and, oh, about 15
feet of air where an aerial vert or a mega mogul is supposed to be. Each gate is worth 10 points up to 140.
Gahres won the toss, so they decide to
go second, which means the Johnsons are first. Emily will launch Lindsey
onto the course, and steering on the power lines are Sharon & Brian.
Lindsey's having some trouble getting around the course, but she's able
to regain some composure, setting the tone early with two gates for 20
The Dogs are ready to Air Slalom, as John
Mark will launch Donald into the air, with John & Cathy on the power
lines. the key is to just take your time. the gates aren't going
anywhere. You also want to communicate, but will any of that help Donald
clear some of the gates? Well... one for 10. Johnsons lead, 20-10.
Event 2: FORMULA GUTS
It's a cross-pollination of Formula One
racing, biking up the Appalachian Trail, and driving fast and turning
left. With one known casualty, the Formula Guts track takes no
prisoners. Ben wishes he could take a pod-bike home, but the folks at
Nickelodeon won't let him. Ha. Two and a half laps around with a
switchoff halfway. Fastest wins 100.
Kickin' Johnsons will send Sharon first,
Brian second. The hardest part is the corners, because you have to
navigate without losing speed and you have to keep upright. The family
does that for a final time of 1:02.
Gahres G-Dogs will send Donald first,
then comes John Mark. Donald is ready to fire up the course... You want
to go fast... but you don't want to go too fast or you'll crash! He has
some trouble getting into Pit Row. With a fast turnaround, the stunt
spotters will have nothing to do. They lead it with :54 seconds, which
seems to be the record in this series of My Family's Got GUTS.
The Green Team, we see, lost it at Pit
Row when they couldn't dislodge the door to the pod-bike. The G-Dogs
overcome Air Slalom to lead after two, 110-95.
Event 3: VOLLEY BRAWL
Bump. Set. Spike. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Hope you brought your sunscreen, because things are going to heat up
rather quickly. Each spike above the 10-foot net and into the scoring
zone is worth 10 points. Defense is allowable.
Remember, teams can play defense... and
Communication is key, and the Red Squad
have it down in space. Accuracy and coordination also help matters as
you have to spike it down the middle, then get back onto the aerial
bridge to build your momentum. Johnsons make 15, Gahres get 21. G-Dogs
are leading on 320 to Kickin' Johnsons' 245, translating to a 75 point
advantage going into...
Final Event: AGGROCRAG
The mountain is calling... The mountain
demands respect... The mountain requires every inch of your intestinal
fortitude for your family to make it to the top. At the foothills of the
Crag are the Mad Mesas, as one player will have to navigate hill over
hill before sending player two to the Switchbacks to open up Avalanche
Peak to reveal the .. err, guts... of the mountain, the Spiraling
Vortex. Player three will await at the bottom to navigate the Crag
Caverns before reaching the ice portal to send player four up the
Vertical Freeze, where it's just you, the fog, and the call of the
mountain, not to mention 22 feet, straight up to Crystal Peak, the
summit, and victory.
At the Mad Mesas, it'll be John vs.
Lindsey. At the Switchbacks, it's Cathy vs. Sharon. In the Crag Caverns,
it's Donald vs. Brian. And up the Vertical Freeze, it's John Mark vs.
Emily. The players have made their choices. Now they have to live with
The lead enjoyed by the Gahres G-Dogs
translates to a 7.5 second head-start. Last team that had a head-start
was blown away, but we'll see what happens.
One family is going to go to the Aggro
Bowl. The other is going home. By the time John is finished on the Mad
Mesas, Lindsey's just getting started. Red team is off to a great start,
while the Kickin' Johnsons are struggling to find the final actuator to
open up the other side of the Crag. But Donald is lost in the Caverns!
This may just even the score! But the G-Dogs go out of the Glacial Gorge
and send the final players up the Vertical Freeze. It is dead even...
until John Mark uses every bit of his strength to move up to the final
face of the mountain to lock in the W for the Gahres G-Dogs! And for the
Kickin' Johnsons, it's just a look at their one piece of the rock and
imagine what could have been.
And the final is set... the Cyclone Jones
in Red... the Howlin' Howells in Blue... and the Gahres G-Dogs in
Green... One of them is going to earn the final piece of the Aggro-Crag
to make their monument complete. Who will it be? Find out on the finale
in 47.5 hours. Until then, no ifs, ands, or buts... my family's got