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Worldwide ATV Racing

Jul 25, 2002

Picture yourself battling on a track that’s built at the base of an active volcano, or better yet racing while wild monkeys are swinging in the trees over your head. Sounds pretty far fetched right? That’s what I thought, until late December of 2001 while honeymooning in Costa Rica. …….

 

 

Jason Rich, Kyle Taylor and Hunter Johnson

Mar 26, 2003

Georgia — They grow peaches, peanuts, onions and ATV champions!
Here’s a few up and coming riders who call Georgia home……

 

 

Norway’s Ben Roger Olsen Comes to America

Feb 24, 2006

American Honda and the FMF Media Allstars have once again teamed up to offer foreign ATV racers a chance to compete on American soil through the ATV Ambassador program. American Honda supplies TRX 450R machines, while the FMF Media Allstars outfit the TRX with components from Lonestar, DG, Douglas Wheel, Maxxis, Fasst Company, Ohlins, Quad Tech, Uni Filter, FMF, Regina Chains, Powermadd, Updog, DMP covers, & Hinson Racing in order to make it 100% race ready. Candidates are than picked to contest one or more MX rounds of the ATV GNC MX series……

 

 

Pure Dirt Live from the Track Podcast

Jul 22, 2006

Hosts: John Pellan and Jorge Cuartas

Co-hosts: Kory Ellis
Guests: Jimmy White, Donny Banks, Kevin Johnston from Artic Cat, Angela Butler, WPSA Announcer Rob Powers and WPSA Media Director Justin Anderson

 

 

Pure Dirt Live from the Track Podcast

Jul 8, 2006

Hosts: John Pellan and Jorge Cuartas

Co-hosts: Brad Phillips and Kory Ellis
Guests: Jim Stack, Mark Straubinger, Scott Kilby, Jessica Elisabeth (Miss Scene April ’05)

 

 

Pure Dirt Live from the Track Podcast

Jun 3, 2006

Hosts: John Pellan and Jorge Cuartas

Guests: John Natalie, Angela Butler, TST (Target Specific Training), Donny Banks

 

 

 

Stretch Arm Strong Interview

Oct 12, 2006

We recently had the opportunity to interview our first full on rock stars. Well okay, they’re not quite rock stars yet, but we predict they will soon to be very famous musicians. They call themselves Stretch Arm Strong and they’re one of the biggest up and coming bands in the music scene right now, from their videos on MTV2 and Fuse TV to their tours with everyone from Good Charlotte to Sick Of It All, the Stretch Arm Strong guys are on the verge of blowing up…..

 

 

 

Dealer Expo 2009

Feb 18, 2009

The 41st Annual Indianapolis Dealer Expo just wrapped up at the new Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indy. The “Dealer Show” as it has come to be known plays host to thousands of Industry insiders, and is generally the place where seeds are sewn, and relationships are built for racers, and sponsors alike. It’s also the place where you can catch a glimpse of the latest and greatest in Motorsports products….

 

 

 

The 2012 Team Media Allstars ATV Racing Team

Mar 10, 2012

With the ATV MX National season about to kick off, we decided to check in with our friend (and occasional employee) Jorge Cuartas of the Media Allstars team to see how things are coming along, and to bust his chops a bit about the lack of information about the 2012 team…

 

 

 

Introducing Team Media Allstars 2008

Mar 19, 2008

The 2008 incarnation of this year’s Media Allstars MX team is a slimmed down version of the 2007 roster. Cody Grant & Aaron Meyer are leading the charge aboard a couple of ATP Racing Engines tuned Suzuki LTR450s in the Pro Am class…..

 

 

Staying Power

Jan 15, 2013

With the 2013 ATV Motocross Season fast approaching, the Media Allstars are putting the finishing touches on their tenth team roster since forming back in 2004. While the last nine seasons have yielded pretty amazing results (34 National Championships, 171 Overall Wins, 400 Moto Wins, 1042 Podium Finishes, 1080 Top-Five Finishes), the team is confident that 2013 will be the best season yet. “I know we say this every year, but we’re really excited about our roster, and ecstatic about the sponsors we’ve secured this year.”….

 

 

Suzuki King Quad 450 4X4

Nov 17, 2006

When Suzuki announced that they were introducing a new 450 King Quad, I was honestly not thrilled. When they mentioned that they’d be introducing it in Rome, I perked up like a priest at a cub scout sleep away. After all, what better place to visit during the off season than Rome, and if I know Suzuki it would be a “red carpet” affair. “Sign me up,” I replied confidently to Pellan, “I’m definitely in!” The paperwork was soon on its way, and I was ready to embark on my globetrotting mission. Days prior to departure, I was so excited that I had to call and thank my “main man” Pellan. “I might even stay a couple of extra days, and see the sights” I said, “After all, how often do you get flown to Rome? I heard the food is amazing, and I can’t wait to see the Sistine Chapel in person. How long is the flight anyway?” The statement was met with an uncomfortable silence. It made no sense at the time, “Dude, you can just drive there, hey, I have to take this other call ……………… click” ………. dial tone…..

 

 

Yamaha’s 2007 Big Bear 400 4×4

Nov 28, 2006

I’ve been somewhat of an elitist when it comes to ATVs, more specifically utility ATVs. My motto has always been, “If you can’t jump it, I don’t want it”. I remember pulling into gas stations and seeing landscaping trailers loaded down with “Muddin’ Machines”, complete with snorkels, gun racks, and/or coolers strapped to the racks and thinking to myself “What a waste of time and resources”…..

 

 

 

EVS Takt Bling Helmet Review

Sep 13, 2010

I’m pretty picky when it comes to my helmets, and demand that a helmet meets three specific criteria before putting it on my mostly empty head; comfort, safety, and style. In the comfort department the feather light Takt weighs in at only 3.3 lbs, and is so comfortable you barely feel it on your head. The visor is only visible when in full on goon position (down all the way), and the chin bar doesn’t feel like you might swallow it in the event of a crash. The cheek pads feel a little snug at first, but quickly break in…..

 

 

2011 ATV Riding Gear Guide Part One

Nov 26, 2010

We recently got our hands on eight of the newest riding gear offerings from some of the best Companies on the market. As luck would have it though, shortly after wrapping up our shoot and video, another batch arrived. The late arrival, coupled with the Thanksgiving holiday travel plans put us in a bind, as we want to make sure we give every set of gear the right amount of attention. Rather than push back the entire thing we’ve decided to just split our gear guide into two equally impressive parts…..

2011 Gear Guide Video

ATV Scene Gear Guide Video On YouTube

 

 

Project KFX450 Part One: The Build

Nov 13, 2010

When presented with the opportunity to build a full-on GNCC race machine for ATV Scene, the wheels in my head started turning. After all, most of my work has been done for print media (magazines), and the two-dimensional constraints of the medium have continuously made me yearn for more. The Internet is pretty much the “Wild West”, and the creative possibilities are endless. Also endless, were the 450cc choices on the market. After very little deliberation, we decided to go with Kawasaki’s lightweight, Aluminum-framed, KFX 450. The KFX comes off the showroom floor with tons of race ready parts that would save us time, and cash, is fairly narrow, has a ton of potential Horsepower just waiting to be unleashed, handles well, and just plain looks cool…..

ATV Scene.com/ Media Allstars: KFX 450 Builds Itself

Video Link On YouTube

 

 

2012 Yamaha YFZ450 Review

Jan 19, 2012

And the winner is………Yamaha. That’s pretty much the way every 2012 400cc recreational sport quad shootout will end. Wait, the YFZ450 isn’t a true 400cc, so why is it even in these shootouts? We know, we were scratching our heads too, but the YFZ450R is Yamaha’s official 450 High Performance quad, and the re-introduced YFZ450 is priced to compete head to head with machines in the 400cc segment (LTZ400 & TRX400X), so why is it that it can’t compete in the 400 shoutout?…..

 

 

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Jorge Cuartas The (Not Quite) 40-Year-Old (Mud) Virgin

May 26, 2011

I consider myself a pretty well-rounded guy when it comes to anything off-road; I strive to keep up with what’s taking place on and off the track and feel I can bench race with just about anyone on just about any form of racing. Whether it’s memorizing race results, team sponsors and rosters, or just those memorable moments, I’ve somehow managed to store a plethora of useless information—and am more than willing to share it at the drop of a dime. One area where I’m admittedly useless is the recreational/utility mud market [Editor’s Note: We can think of at least another 350 areas]. After 20-plus years of ATV racing, I’ve never quite been able to wrap my head around riding just to ride without trying to reach some sort of checkered flag before the next guy, and the thought of submerging a perfectly good machine has quite honestly never appealed to me…..

 

 

Thrashed: Huevos 12

June 23, 2010

From the second Huevos 12 starts, it’s apparent that you’re in for a different kind of ride. The intro montage is packed with great shots, in even greater locations, and the anticipation builds from there. We won’t spoil it by giving you a play by play, but we will say that four standout segments (Joe Byrd’s skit, Caleb Moore’s RZR jump at the Mud Nationals, Caleb Moore’s 180 Whip at Ocotillo with Robbie Renner, and William Yokley’s bit) are worth the price of the film; everything else should be considered a bonus….

 

 

Thrashed: EVS Web Knee Brace Product Review

March 14, 2011

Despite having more leg injuries than most war veterans, I’ve avoided knee braces throughout my entire injury-filled off-road career. The thought of wearing knee braces while riding or racing has always somewhat turned me off; after all, they look bulky, uncomfortable and seem like they would impede mobility, not to mention they’re expensive and require a ton of insurance red tape in order to be fitted….

 

 

 

Thrashed: MX vs. ATV Reflex

June 23, 2010

I don’t know about you slackers, but I’ve been killing it on the riding/racing front since December 1, 2009. I’m not usually one to brag, but I’ve won more races than I’ve lost, and no amount of rain or snow has kept me off my ATV (or dirt bike or sport buggy or UTV or Trophy truck, for that matter). I can’t think of another time I’ve ridden this much and, regardless of crashes, for the first time in my career I’m 100 percent healthy (99 percent if you count a sore thumb)…..

 

 

The Podium Heard Around The ATV World

September 13, 2012

It’s rare for a set of third place finishes to Rock an industry; but that’s exactly what happened last Sunday when Lonestar Racing/ Morehead Motorsports/ Media Allstars’ Brett Musick decided to test himself in the highly competitive ATV MX Nationals Pro Am Production class. Why all the Hoopla you ask? The performance was akin to seeing Lebron James in his first game, or Ricky Carmichael in his first race on a big bike: it was a rare glimpse into the future…..

 

 

Media Allstars Long Travel RZR Build | 2008 Polaris Ranger RZR

May 14, 2010

Building a “Short Course/ Stadium” racing UTV on the heavily wooded East Coast makes about as much sense as building an all out “Snowcross” sled in sunny South Florida, yet for some unexplainable reason, it’s exactly what we decided to do with our somewhat beat-up ’08 Polaris RZR…..

 

 

Thrashed: Maxima Performance Break-In Oil

October 10, 2012

There are few brands that I have more faith in than Maxima. I know that sounds like favoritism, but it’s truly a great line of products. I’ve tested with most of the lube companies at one point or another and witnessed firsthand as some of the top teams in our industry have flat out refused to run anything else in their motors. Whether you’re racing or just generally pushing the limits of your machine’s capabilities, the amount of stress that we put on our engines is extraordinary. What is equally extraordinary is the cost of rebuilding those stressed-out motors…..

 

 

 

Thrashed: PowerMadd Power X Hand Guard And FlexMount Kit Lonestar Racing DC-Pro Spindles

October 10, 2012

Every few years there’s a discovery in the sport quad/ATV racing world that sets a new standard for performance; in recent years, it has been applying Suzuki’s LT-R450 geometry to every other brand of 450 on the market. We first noticed LT-R spindles and components on the machines of some of the highest-profile Can-Am riders three years ago, the LT-R spindles were then spotted on the machines of Honda-mounted pro class racers last season, now they’re everywhere…..

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes | Dierks Bentley’s music video

On the set of country music star Dierks Bentley’s “5-1-5-0” music video

August 17, 2012

 If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times, our job is just way tougher than yours. Yes, we know what you must think, but it’s not always glamorous; after all, how many all-expense-paid trips to ride ATVs in cool locations can a person take? On top of that, we have to deal with sorting through countless packages filled with the newest, latest and greatest (not to mention free) ATV products. As if that wasn’t hard enough, we also have to find space to store the dozens of brand-new machines that the manufacturers let us borrow, uh, test…..

 

 

 

2009 Budget Utility 4×4 Comparison

June 24, 2009

With penny pinching on just about everyone’s mind, we set out to evaluate seven comparable machines that cost less than six grand. While the small-bore utility 4×4 market may not be the most exciting, it’s certainly one of the most viable. Weeks of testing yielded surprising results, a newfound respect for the small-bore 4×4 segment and, most importantly, an understanding of the vast differences between these seven units and how they like to be ridden…..

 

 

2009 Redline Riot and Revolt XL Ride Test

October 27, 2009

When we first stumbled across the Redline booth at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo a few years ago, we never knew it would change our lives. After years of yearning for a ride in one of its unique machines, we finally got the opportunity to put the Riot and Revolt XL through their paces at Georgia’s Broad River Adventure Park. To say we came away impressed would be a huge understatement; Redline’s products have set the bar so high for us that nothing else really seems adequate anymore…..

 

 

250cc Sport ATV Comparison

August 2, 2011

The transition from mini 90cc quads to full-size 450cc machines is a tough one for many riders. Historically speaking, there simply weren’t too many quality offerings to fill the gap. On top of that, kids simply grow way too quickly once hitting the golden age of puberty, and more often than not they outgrow the transitional quads way too fast…..

 

 

Kawasaki Brute Force 300: Big Fun In A Small Package

December 1, 2011

There’s an interesting trend going on in the off-road market we are big fans of: Low-budget machines aimed at reigniting sales in the ATV segment. While the machines may not be on the cutting edge of technology or innovation, they’re solid in all the right places, with an emphasis on fun and affordability…..

 

 

 

Recycled, Rethought And Reintroduced

Yamaha’s 2012 YZF450: The sport quad that restarted it all returns newly improved and ready to reignite another segment of the ATV market

December 1, 2011

Anyone who knows anything about Yamaha will likely tell you that blue doesn’t exactly adhere to conventional wisdom nor is it overly concerned with the “box” that every other corporate entity seems so keen on thinking inside of. Yamaha’s approach has pretty much always been to do what it feels makes the most sense, regardless of what anyone else might think.….

 

 

 

One Is The Loneliest Number

Josh Creamer’s Tumultuous Season As The Number One ATV MX Racer On The Planet

August 2, 2011

Three Dog Night couldn’t have said it better when singing their hit song “One,” just ask Josh Creamer. If it wasn’t for the fact that they wrote it in the early ‘70s (roughly 15 years before Josh was born), you’d think it was written about his 2011 season…..

 

 

 

The 2012 Polaris ATV Canadian Mountain Adventure: Oh Canada!

August 2, 2011

Two days, 23 2012 Polaris ATVs, four magazines, two film crews, a five-hour train ride, 150 miles’ worth of mountain trails, 40mm of rain, three black bears, a partridge, 12 cans of bug spray, and roughly 28 pounds of prime rib came together to form one of the best ATV adventures we’ve ever been on….

 

 

Keith Little Racing’s 2010 Yamaha YFZ450R Build

Putting The Pro Touch On Our YFZ450R

March 23, 2011

Having completed our MX-Periment with mixed results and reviews (September/October and November/December 2010 issues), we decided to let pro ATV racer Keith Little attack our YFZ450R completely on his own. What he came back with was both eye opening in its performance and stellar in its simplicity….

 

 

 

Industry Spotlight: High Lifter’s Scott Smith

Creating, Providing And Living The American Dream

May 26, 2011

High Lifter’s Scott Smith isn’t your average multi-million-dollar- company president; he’s just an incredibly lucky guy who happened to make some good business decisions and is smart enough to know how to enjoy his success….

 

 

 

The Moore Brothers Take Over The Winter X Games 15, Outlaw Style

Don’t Mess With Texas!

March 25, 2011

In our May/June 2010 issue we first told you about the Moore brothers’ (Caleb and Colten) historic crossover from ATVs to snowmobiles in order to compete at the Winter X Games. At that time, the freestyle duo had spent roughly a month aboard sleds, yet somehow managed not only to qualify for but medal at the event (Freestyle bronze for Caleb)….

 

 

 

Woods Polaris RZR: GNCC UTV Open Modified Contender

February 23, 2011

Josh Starrett’s Open Mod class Polaris RZR was purpose built for winning at the highest level of UTV cross-country racing. There aren’t too many people who can drive a side-by-side between trees faster than Kentucky’s Starrett; having already won a championship in the GNCC Lites Modified class (2008), he’s moved to the Open Mod class in 2010 with hopes of proving that he just might be the best UTV racer on the East Coast…..

 

 

Lonestar Racing

A Look Inside One Of The Aftermarket’s Finest

March 25, 2011

Located in the dry desert climate of Phoenix, Arizona, Lonestar Racing and its visionary CEO Dan Fisher are on the verge of making their next big push in ATV racing. While most other CEOs are playing it safe and cutting back on rider support, Fisher is doing anything but. Fisher’s company helped shoulder the burden of keeping racing alive during the lean years (19902004) and as a result can take partial credit for ushering ATV racing into prominence. While the economy as a whole is reeling, Lonestar Racing (LSR) is once more preparing to put the well being of the sport first, ready again to help shoulder the load…..

 

 

 

Built To Work, Ready For Play: Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering

Split Personality

September 15, 2010

Having been born in New York City and raised between there and Miami, farm work hasn’t exactly been a staple of my upbringing. If you were to add up all of the grass that covered the yards in the homes in which I was raised, it wouldn’t cover the floor of a two-car garage. The utter lack of “all things green” in my childhood is probably responsible for my obsession with the off-road and love for the outdoors. With that said, 20 years after leaving the city life, I somehow ended up in the North Georgia mountains, staring at multiple acres of overgrown weeds on which my wife and I would be building a mountain retreat…..

 

 

 

The ATV Rider MX-Periment Part Deux

January 12, 2011

MX-Periment (em-ik-‘sper-e-ment) n.

1 : A test under somewhat controlled conditions (2010 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship) made to demonstrate a known truth (ATVR’s ability to build pro-class machinery), to examine the validity of a hypothesis (that any pro could do well in real race conditions aboard said machinery) or to determine the efficacy of something previously untried (having Keith Little race four brands in one season) 2 : The process of conducting such a test; experimentation 3 : An innovative act or procedure 4 : The result of experimentation….

 

 

 

Introducing Lonestar’s SR1 Race Rhino

The Epitome Of Hybrid

January 13, 2011

When the Yamaha Rhino was first released it revolutionized the off-road market and created an entirely new segment of products and competition. For nearly four years the Rhino enjoyed sole ownership of the newly created side-by-side (or UTV) market, and Rhino owners were flooded with new product offerings and options from farming implements to engine mods and suspension kits…..

 

 

 

Winter X Crossover: 2010 X Games

The Moore Brothers take Winter X by storm

June 22, 2010

When it comes to action sports, nothing comes close to the prestige of ESPN’s X Games. X is the proving ground for aspiring athletes, the primary focus of marketing budgets for just about every “hip” company and the place where kids like the Moore brothers from Krum, Texas, go from relative obscurity to being household names…..

 

 

2010 Youth Quads At A Glance

23 90CC-And-Under Models

May 14, 2010

With the recent CPSC Lead Law scares, the mini quad market has generated more buzz recently than in previous years. While the lead ban is aimed at cheap, lead-painted import toys, there are plenty of other kids’ products taking collateral damage-among them are ATVs, bicycles, and dirt bikes. Despite the instability of the future of youth quads, there are an astounding 23 models under 90cc up for grabs from ten legit (non knock-off) manufacturers. Here’s a quick look at them. Snatch them up while you can….

 

 

 

ATV Rider MX-Periment: Part 1

Four ATVs, One Series, One Goal: Win Races!

October 20, 2010

This is the first of four articles about pro ATV racer Keith Little’s year-long test to determine precisely what it takes to make pro-caliber machines out of the current 450s on the market, while simultaneously breathing new life into the industry, his sponsors and his career…..

 

 

Redline vs. Nitro Circus

The Ultimate Matchup!

February 9, 2010

There are few spectacles in the sports world that can compare to a good “Prize Fight”-the excitement and drama of two equally matched savages trying to knock each other’s block off is just plain hard to beat. When we first heard about the prospect of having the Nitro Circus crew square off against the Redline Riot and Revolt we knew it was one of those rare matchups with no clear favorite and the potential for a devastating knockout….

 

 

 

16 Game Changers

The events that will define the first Decade of the new Millennium

January 11, 2010

So here we are ten years past Y2K, and we still don’t have a name for this decade. Unlike the seventies, eighties, or nineties nothing has really stuck. The 00’s, will essentially be defined by their impact rather than their moniker. There were many changes in the last ten years, but few had more impact than these. Without further ado, ATV Rider presents the “Game Changers” of the new Millennium….

 

 

 

Top 5 ATV Videos – Quad Flicks

We Review The Top ATV Videos

February 24, 2009

It’s a great time to be an ATV enthusiast, as just about every aspect of this subculture is booming with choices. Options abound when it comes to everything from riding, play riding on video games or just watching other people ride. There are now multiple national caliber race series as well as television shows dedicated to covering said series (plus a plethora of other outdoor adventures)….

 

 

 

Project: Stolen Recovery Kawasaki KFX400

Extreme Makeover

June 3, 2009

We’ve been tossing around the idea of a “This Old Quad” feature for months now; the idea was to take applications from our readers, review which project had the most potential, and help one lucky soul bring their beat-up ATV back to life, kind of like “Extreme Home Makeover” or “Pimp My Ride” but for ATVs. Unfortunately, the economy, gas prices and procrastination have kept it at just that: an idea…..

 

 

 

10 Steps To Race Prep (Or Ride Prep)

May 1, 2009

While not all of us may race, I’m pretty certain every one of us rides, so properly prepped machinery is just as important for all of us. I’m sure some of this will sound too basic for the mechanically inclined, but not all ATV riders are blessed with those inclinations. Let’s face it, we all have that riding buddy who has to muster everything in his mechanical arsenal just to put gas in his/her quad; this article is kind of for them…..

 

 

Interview – Wayne Matlock – King Of Baja

Winning With Team Matlock

April 3, 2009

For desert racers, few things can compare with the thrills and challenges of the SCORE Baja 1000. The legendary race is so tough, that for most involved just finishing is considered a success. Luckily for Honda, Wayne Matlock is unlike most desert racers when it comes to talent or expectations. Matlock’s barometer for success is simple: Baja wins. Anything else is frustratingly unacceptable…..

 

 

 

Carrie Coombs-Russell Story – Path Of Resistance

April 3, 2009

At first glance you’d never know just how much weight Carrie Coombs-Russell pulls within the off-road industry. Yet while not physically intimidating, there is something about her that makes you want to think, then double think before you speak in her presence. It’s not intentional or blatant, but it’s palpable and real. Arguably the most powerful figure in off-road racing today, Carrie Coombs took the least direct route-or the path of most resistance-to the top….

 

 

 

2009 Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI 4×4 Sport

We Test Kawasaki’s New Teryx Sport

February 25, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI 4×4 SportHaving become more of a UTVer than ATVer in the last couple of months, I was unimaginably excited to be invited to the intro for Kawasaki’s 2009 Teryx 750 FI 4×4 Sport. The prospect of getting out of the freezing rain of Georgia and into the mild desert climates of Arizona was enticing enough, but add to that the idea of spending a day riding in the desert and you could very well call it a dream vacation…..

 

 

 

ATV/MX Series Racing Market – Factory Invasion

Surviving An Anti-Quad, Pro-Dirt Bike Industry

February 24, 2009

The ATV/MX racing market has experienced more than its fair share of ups and downs during its 24-year history. To liken it to a roller-coaster ride would probably qualify it as the world’s biggest understatement. The vivacity of the sport itself has defied odds, silenced critics and somehow managed to bring itself back from the brink of extinction…..

 

 

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Parallel Universes Feature In FaceFull Magazine (Paintball Publication)

2009

Few things have the ability to charge emotions like sports, whether it’s team rivalries between fans, or competitive rivalries between participants, sports have an uncanny ability to fuel passion, and where there’s passion, there’s conflict. On the surface these conflicts can go to extremes (think Hooligans), but below the surface is where the potential for real fighting takes place……