While I was watching my zillionth hour of Olympic coverage this weekend — hey, don’t judge — one commercial in particular caught my eye.
It was shot from the athletes’ point of view as they trained in their different disciplines. The voices changed, but they each spoke about what they had to give up to excel at their sport.
Dessert. Sleep. Extracurricular activities. TV.
(TV? Yet another reason I would never make it…)
That’s when it hit me. These aren’t athletes — they’re a cult! Am I reacting too hastily? Let’s take another look, just to be sure.
Guys…guys, can you hear me?
I’m over here! What are you looking at?!
Man…I think they’re too far gone.
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I’m tired. My voice is scratchy. My body aches.
I’m not sick — I’m just recovering from last night’s US Open Men’s Singles Final.
And I didn’t even play.
I don’t think enough has been written (or studied, for that matter) on the physical and mental exertions of the spectator.
Especially in major championships like the US Open – or the Super Bowl or World Series — people watching these events live in the stadium expend a lot of energy cheering on behalf of the athletes.
I don’t know how many times the chair umpire had to tell us to quiet down.
I can only imagine how exhausted Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal must be this morning. They ran while they were screaming.
And rumor has it, within the next 24 hours, they will both be catching flights to Europe so they can play tennis on Friday in Davis Cup matches representing their respective countries.
Man, I don’t know if I’ll be rested up by then.
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Awards shows? I’m a fan.
Even though the entertainment value is spotty at best, I still like to watch. You never know when an overexcited, drunk celebrity is going to say or do something really embarrassing.
Television at its best!
Last night I added a new awards show to my annual must-see list — the ESPYs, ESPN’s sports awards. I’ve never watched them before because, well, they’ve never been hosted by Seth Meyers of SNL. He was the draw. I thought it would be a fun show.
And it was. Ya know why?
The awards were almost an afterthought. The show was all comedy and musical numbers. When the ESPYs did focus on an award — like the Courage Award, for example — they did these amazing pieces of sports journalism that were beautifully written, photographed and edited. You couldn’t look away.
It was an awards show, but first and foremost, it was entertainment.
And as an awards show junkie, I just want to say thank you. And I hope the producers and directors of the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys were watching. You could learn something.
Oh — and I’d like to highlight my favorite acceptance speech of the night…from the Best Breakthrough Athlete, Chris Johnson of Tennessee, who so clearly defined our priorities in the digital age:
“First of all, I want to thank God, most of all. Without Him it wouldn’t be possible. I want to thank all the fans who voted for me, I want to thank all my friends and family. I want to thank Ustream and I want to thank Twitter most of all. And if you got a Twitter, follow me at ChrisJohnson28.”
Long live the awards show!
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