Summertime TV watching can be a challenge.
Recently I was channel-surfing and came across NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.
Where have I been? It’s in its eighth season! The show features contestants – all incredibly fine-tuned athletes -- running, climbing, jumping and hanging through made-for-TV obstacle courses that most of us would never stand a chance at beating.
Actor Matt Iseman and former professional football player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila are the hosts. They offer play-by-play and background on the athletes and their journeys through the obstacle course, much like we see on “regular” sporting event broadcasts.
Here is where I don’t know if I’m offering up kudos or demerits. It’s where the highly entertaining display of athleticism, pawned-off as a real sports competition, takes a turn toward big-time wrestling. It’s where Iseman and Gbaja-Biamila inundate us with a relentless barrage of clever, pre-canned comments related to the ninja-contestants’ real-life jobs, such as:
And that’s just a partial sample from one episode!
I love a good play on words – but when is the quota met?