Monday, September 28, 2009

Reality TV like little other

Been a busy day. Strange how I don't feel like I have accomplished anything. Maybe I am feeling the satisfaction of supporting my friend in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure, even though there was only one bar on the walking route. I still say if they allowed Miller to put up a couple tents selling beer along the way they would make some good money. Also I think we tailgate next year.

Two of my favorite shows are back on the air. The Ultimate Fighter and the Amazing Race. There is something unique about each one that makes them stand out when compared to other reality shows like Survivor or any of those lame Bachelor/Bachelorette shows.

TUF has people fighting in each show. You can't fake that or play games in production to change the fight outcome. Sure you can make one guy look worse than the other but ultimately their true colors show. Plus with Kimbo Slice fighting this season, it makes for an intriguing show for fight fans. I think Kimbo is smart for taking advantage of the opportunity. It was a good career move. He doesn't have to win it all to be invited to fight in the UFC. He needs to win a couple fights and look good. Dana White, president of the UFC, can see the dollar signs by a good showing and would definitely put him on a card. If he does win the whole thing he will earn big bucks. We shall see as the big man fights this Friday against a form IFL champ, Roy Nelson. It shall be interesting.

The Amazing Race has so many tangibles going that it is to me the hardest show to win. Different countries, different cultures, different currencies are just the start. You don't know whether you will be ripped off by a cabbie, have to run through a ton of rats, or eat bull penis in Uzbekistan. Best of all, it you come in last, you are gone. Well, most of the time. Plus you see the raw emotion of couples losing it. Why people come on the show to save a relationship or see if they should get married is ridiculous. It only worked out on time. Most of the time one of the people bitches at the other and makes themselves look like a fool on national television.

This season the front runner looks to be a douchebag attorney from Boston. I can do without all of the hand gestures from someone who is far from the leader board. The poker girls won't last long either. They are too whiny and they are quitters. They could have been gone by the first pit stop but luckily for them it wasn't an elimination round. I was fine with that as the challenge was nothing more than random luck. To boot someone for not have a wheel land by them would have been ridiculous. They won't last a total of 3 more shows. The gay team looks to be strong as does the really young couple. More shots of that chick in a bikini please. Interestingly enough, the Harlem Globetrotters could be a dark horse to win this thing. They did look strong in that first show. Don't count them out.

Of course it wouldn't be the Amazing Race if they didn't have the token teams in place. They have the aformentioned gay team, the couple deciding if they should get married/testing their relationship, the father/son team, and the person with the disability. This year it is a young man with Asperger syndrome, described as "people with it therefore show significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests." Difficulties in social interaction and this guy is on the Amazing Race? Big kudos to him. Best thing is between him and his good friend, they make a very likable team. They can easily be the fan favorites.

1 comment:

J. Gambino said...

My favorite part was when the gay brothers told the story of how they came out to each other. No one really knows they are gay yet, just brothers. Can't wait until next week.