Unusual Sports, and the Boomerang Storm

I just talked with my father and my brother; they’re both all right, after getting rained on by Tropical Storm Fay.  My oh my, but that storm has slowed to a crawl.  This morning it was over Cape Canaveral, it took until noon to go out to sea, and now it’s still just offshore from Volusia County.  Also, the weather maps show it taking an unexpected curve to the west.  This means it will come back to Florida around St. Augustine, eventually hit Tallahassee, and go on into Alabama instead of Georgia, missing Lindy completely.

Meanwhile here in Kentucky, the main talk is still about the Olympics.  Last night I caught a table tennis match, between an American and a Nigerian (the Nigerian won).  That’s one interesting thing about this event, it gets us to watch sports we don’t pay attention to the rest of the time.  For example, if it wasn’t for the winter Olympics, I never would have even heard of “curling.”  Table tennis is another sport like that.  When you see it on TV, you’ll probably notice four differences between Olympic table tennis, and the kind you played at home:

  1. The Olympic kind is not called “ping pong.”
  2. It’s not played in the garage, or any other place where you happen to find enough room for the table.
  3. The ball goes a lot faster.
  4. You don’t have to worry about retrieving a stray ball from under a car or a couch.

Along that line, I also heard today about a new game show/reality show called “Eat the Clock,” which features eating contests.  Oh, puh-lease.  As much as I like good food, I can’t see competitive eating as a sport.  If it doesn’t involve purging, it reminds me too much of the days in high school when we were only given twenty minutes for lunch.  There we learned to “eat and run,” especially if we had to stand in the cafeteria line for a plate.  Competitive eating also looks a lot like what we used to call one of the “seven deadly sins.”  What’s next, competitive belching, or worse?  This will make TV look like the inside of a bar during “happy hour.”

And aren’t we now being told that obesity is a serious problem?  Last month it was announced that the most obese state was Mississippi, with more than 31 percent of its population seriously overweight.  The least obese state was Colorado; no wonder the TV show “Everwood” was set there!  It seems to me that a show like “Eat the Clock” isn’t going to make that problem better.  I don’t know where Kentucky stands on the obesity scale, except that we’re in the top ten.  We do love a plate of ribs!

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