Celebrating the New Year has always been an excuse to give in to our more self-destructive tendencies. You willingly go to a bar or a friend’s place, try to ingest as much beer or champagne as possible, attempt to hook up with either random strangers or acquaintances from high school who didn’t get fat, all the while dodging streamers, surprisingly sharp noise-makers, and high school acquaintances who did get fat. But no matter how gracefully you navigate tonight’s treacherous terrain of booze, STDs and shame, you still got nothing on daredevil Robbie Maddison, who will once again be attempting a feat of insanity for your New Year’s Eve viewing pleasure.
(Maddison, during last year’s feat)
Last year on ESPN, Maddison took to the parking lot of the Rio hotel and jumped the length of a football field at 322 feet, 7.5 inches. This year he’s at it again, but the plan is to make things a bit more vertical. He will “go more than 120 feet high and land on top of the 96-foot Arc de Triomphe replica in front of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. He’ll then freefall 50 feet off the Arc to a ramp.” Works for us.
Video of the last year’s jump after the, uh, jump.
Besides Maddison, the programming on the Worldwide Leader tonight will include the comeback of Rhys Millen, attempting a feat he couldn’t perform during last year’s extravaganza.
From FARTHER OFF THE WALL:
Millen is going to try to do a back flip off an off-road truck that’s traveling a distance of 80 feet. He overshot his landing last year, injuring himself and had to pull out of the event.
“Last year we attempted what was before then thought impossible,” said Millen. “Laws of physics and vehicle dynamics were pushed to the limits with success, but failure came in one small miscalculation. My body can be broken but my mind cannot. This year, people will witness the first ramp to ramp back flip in an off-road truck - ever!”
So yeah, that’s your counter-programming to Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, or whatever pretty people they trot out for us this year on the networks. Honestly, the only way we’re missing this is if they wheel out Dick Clark for one last ball-dropping, only because we have to see what kind of condition he’s in for our final Death Pool picks.