But the most recent inbox volley brought an offer I don’t mind taking them up on, an ad for a new show called Full Metal Jousting that’s debuting Sunday week on the History Channel.**
1. “Jousting is the one competitive sport in the world where there’s no defense.”***
The History Channel is taking the bold stand that surfing, cycling, long distance running, short-distance running, middle-distance running, swimming, luge, skiing, biathalon, triathalon, golf, weightlifting, curling, archery, shooting, sailing, modern pentathlon, ice skating, speed skating, ice dancing, gymnastics, and that gymnastic thing where they twirl the ribbon are all either not competitive, not sports, not in this world, or feature a defense. Way to fire a broadside right at 80% of ESPN’s programming.****
Also, armor now no longer counts as a defense. I assume it’s been reclassified because there’s no peacock plumes in their helmets or tokens from their ladies fair.
2. They “guarantee there will be injuries.”
So like Nascar with horses. And hopefully less country music. But there were two dudes wearing cowboy hats in the promo, so I wouldn’t count on it.
3. “The hit that you’re going to experience on the end of that lance is unlike any force that you’ve ever experienced.”
I am uncomfortable with their shift into the second person. You think you know what forces I’ve experienced now, do you, History Channel? Ostensibly, they’re talking to the muscular, tanned, tattooed dudes who are going to be jousting, but you never can be too careful about these things.
Also, I’m pretty sure the force of a lance hitting me would be pretty similar to any force created by imperfectly elastic objects transferring momentum during a collision, unless the History Channel is horning in on Discovery’s old beat.***** Could the lance be the long-sought fifth fundamental force that opposes, albeit weakly, gravity’s pull?
4. “Each joust is like being in a car crash.”
Except there’s a horse there in the car with you. But he won’t stop changing the radio to NPR, and Morning Edition ended hours ago. Can you blame a man for crashing his car into a knight on horseback to try to escape the eighteenth hour of the Diane Rehm Show?******
4. One of the jousters******* boasts “I’m going to knock a lot of the tattoos off those guys’ arms and put them on their faces.”
Kids, this is why ambiguous pronoun antecedents should be left to the professionals, because we have no way of telling whether the flaxen-haired braggart means he is going to knock these tattoos off and then unhorse the tattoo’s owners, so that (figuratively) their faces touch the ground, or if he is claiming he has the power to transfer tattoos from one part of a person’s body to the other.
5. “This type of jousting, it ain’t no dinner show. It’s the real deal.”
If these knights are the real deal, I hope the producers of the show have considered what to do if the Pope declares a crusade. Or if the French start getting uppity again.
Also, take that, Medieval Times aficionados. Though you comprise the main demographic to which this show appeals, you’re a bunch of suckers. Don’t you dare try to eat a giant turkey leg while watching this show. They put it on late for a reason. I don’t care if you skipped lunch because you were too excited by the idea of seeing 20 minutes of guys talking about jousting, three minutes of the same 15 second jousting clips played over and over again, and 7 minutes of ads for Medieval Times and that lady who sells the dragon crystal paperweight thing.******** Put the turkey leg down. It’s no movie. There’s no Mekhi Phifer.
But there is a lance that defies your limited human understanding of the laws of physics, and if ratings start to slide, I’ll bet they start making those dudes ride Hitler Sharks, maybe even jump them over some Fonzies. The only rule is there are no rules. And no defense–which might technically count as a rule. So there may be at least one rule. I’ll check with the officials and let you know.
- * I have to delete those before my erratic co-blogger sees them. I shudder to think what he’d get up to with the money. Thankfully, he hasn’t figured out PayPal just yet.♣
♣ I would not be so sure about that, porcine sodomite–and while we are on the subject, you should surely lose some weight so that you could fit your pale, quivering fleshy bits into a fine Medieval War Axe Pinstripe Mens Vests such as can be found currently at Buy.com for only $39.98 with free shipping, a savings of over 49% off a price they clearly fabricated by multiplying the desired sales price by 2. [↩]
- ** You know, the Alien, Hitler, and Alien Hitler network. [↩]
- *** If I were an actual sports fan, I’d probably have a zinger here along the lines of “No defense? Sounds like the History Channel hasn’t seen [Insert famous team known for having a bad defense here.] [↩]
- **** First they cam for the ice dancers, and I did not speak out, for I was not an ice dancer and thought it was kind of goofy, really. Then they came for the curlers, and I did not speak out, for I never bought that “Chess on Ice” line–I mean, c’mon, really? Chess on ice? Did I miss the day at Chess U when they covered the rule that lets your horsey dude move an extra space if you sweep off the spaces in front of him with a broom? Y’know what? Take the curlers. I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of people on that list before you get anywhere near me. [↩]
- ***** A beat that’s wide open now that Discovery has discovered that you can just send a camera crew around with a couple of antique dealers and so long as you’ve got a distinctive font and an adjective or two handy you’ve got a whole weekday lineup. [↩]
- ****** Fun fact: Diane Rehm has been locked against her will in an NPR studio deep in a bunker beneath the famous Haliburton-built Undisclosed Location since 1987. Each papery crack of her increasingly fluttery voice is augmented to encode messages to sleeper agents in deep cover in foreign nations. [↩]
- ******* Who I’m going to assume is following the Puck school of reality tv acting. [↩]
- ******** ♣♣ I am glad you mentioned that dragon crystal paperweight thing, flabby chalk-white blogger, as the complete series of the critically acclaimed 80’s cartoon Dungeons & Dragons is also on sale for less than the price of two of Starbucks’ sinfully addictive Venti Caramel Macchiatos. [↩]