Tonight I was watching The Biggest Loser finale. And I have to admit, I felt like the biggest loser. I was actually eating pasta, garlic bread, and a Dr. Pepper while watching the festivities. I told my girlfriend I was going to joke on my blog about eating while watching the show. She rolled her eyes and said “Yeah, like that hasn’t been done before.”

A few times I almost lost my appetite. I mean, there’s only so many man-boobs I can see in one evening. And boy, they love to yell during their work-outs.

I had never seen the show before and got bored rather quickly. And what’s with that Jokers Wild type of scale, that a contestant will stand on, and random numbers appear? You’ll see “280 lbs” followed by “110 lbs” and “590 lbs” then “188” before the real weight of “210 lbs” shows up. Very strange. It was like when you try and guess the attendance at Padres games, only the numbers appear for half a second.

I did think it was neat that it was a reality show that didn’t revolve around contestants fighting. And the moment when one guy proposed to a pound cake was kind of sweet. No, seriously…when the guy got down on one knee, it was touching.

Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age. I was actually moved by the DeNiro movie “Everybody’s Fine” which is getting mixed reviews. Sure, you see everything coming down Broadway, but I really enjoyed the film.

Hey… DeNiro could’ve been on biggest loser. Remember, he gained 40 pounds to play Jake LaMotta in The Raging Bull. He also buffed himself out for the remake of Cape Fear.

Anyway, I started catching up with the newspaper, and another reality show I had never seen, was mentioned. Something called “18 Kids and Counting” on TLC. Now, I’ve had arguments with friends before about how many kids people have. I think if you go over three, you’re making a bad parenting decision. And it’s probably the first of many you’ll make.

Anyway, they said that Michelle Duggar, the star of the show, was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital. No, not for Clinton to impregnate her. She was having pain…and, I gotta admit, I was expecting to read that her uterus fell out. It was just gallstones.

I also read about a guy that robbed a local Bank of America. They described him as 5’7” and either Middle Eastern or Latino. My two favorite parts of the description – the large mole near his nose. I’m just waiting for his next robbery, so they can dub him “The Mole Bandit” or “Naked Mole Rat” or “The Wicked Witch of the West” or…oh come on, we could be here all night. I’ll stop with the nicknames.

Oh, and he was also wearing a “Nike” shirt. They gotta love that; first Tiger Woods, and now this.

I’m picturing a couple of different “Just Do It” ad campaigns as I write this.

Comments

redsoxfan Dec. 9, 2009 @ 12:21 a.m.

I've said it before, I hate reality shows and I don't watch any of them. I think KarenBP is on this same ship....anyway, what I can't stand about the premise of "The Biggest Loser" is the fact that these people are so f--king fat to begin with, it just makes me sick. Obviously there are many reasons why people get to those proportions, and wanting to do something about it is admirable, but we aren't born fat....it takes years to get fat....and people then want to fix it overnight. Sounds like the American motto to me....

I read that same article about Michelle Duggar. True, she had gallstones, but did you read further that she is prego with #19?? TLC plans on changing the title of the show too to accommodate the latest addition...

I always felt that Nike left something off the "Just Do It" campaign...like maybe they should have put "Just Did It" on the back of the t-shirts...

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thestoryteller Dec. 9, 2009 @ 1:10 a.m.

I hate reality shows too, but the other night I happened to catch, "Find My Family," and it was the most genuinely touching show I've ever seen. By the end, I actually had tears in my eyes. Somebody in T.V. land finally got it right.

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Ponzi Dec. 9, 2009 @ 7:08 a.m.

I think a reality show called "Find My Orgasm" would be more entertaining.

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Josh Board Dec. 9, 2009 @ 9:11 a.m.

Ponzi, I'm guessing Tiger could star in the show. And, you'd have to guess at which hole they'd find it (take that last sentence any way you'd like).

Story...how does that show work? It sound self-explanatory, but...I'm curious.

Once in a blue moon, I'll stop on the little people reality shows. Not much really happens on those, but I think it's neat to see the things they go thru. And they have such great spirit about life.

Redsox...you may a point, sort of. But I've read too many things the last few years, that say weight gain isn't just what people think. That people are eating like pigs and should just eat less. There are so many different people out there, that have different pyschological reasons, or weird wiring in their brain that makes them think they're hungry, etc. And to me, hey...these people are working hard to lose the weight. I can't help but root for them.

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Ponzi Dec. 9, 2009 @ 1:46 p.m.

I have enjoyed the Amazing Race show from time to time. It's way to spend a lazy brain-dead Sunday night. The travel pics are cool.

Other than PBS and some comedy, I'd prefer to listen to music than watch TV.

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redsoxfan Dec. 9, 2009 @ 2:20 p.m.

True Josh, I believe that there is always a reason - whether it be biological or genetic - that can supercede all other determining factors to why a person may be prone to weight gain. I don't hate overweight people. I'm just saying that in most cases, weight gain is just as much a chore as weight loss or stability. There's no pills that will wipe away the weight...why else does "The Biggest Loser" hire trainers and dieticians? Because that is the safest way to lose weight....good 'ol diet and exercise.

This still doesn't change my opinion of reality shows... :-) Maybe there are a ton (pun intended) of overweight television writers sitting on their collective asses suffering from huge cases of sedentary hemmoroids....I think they call that writer's block? No wonder there is so much crap...er, uh...so many reality shows on TV....

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Josh Board Dec. 9, 2009 @ 3:25 p.m.

redsox...you hit that one outta the park. Funny stuff.

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KarenBP Dec. 9, 2009 @ 10:25 p.m.

the 5,163rd reason i don't watch TV

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Josh Board Dec. 10, 2009 @ 9:11 p.m.

I can give you a hundred reasons why I watch TV.

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