I am going to rant. If you do not watch or own a television, your time would be better spent reading another post. (Please return tomorrow, though. Tomorrow, my topic will not involve television.)
Before I begin my rant, I need to apologize. The world is turning, and there are several things taking place in the world deserving more attention than the topic of my rant. For instance, the U.S. Government is in the process of passing a new budget plan. While I have strong opinions about the need for government and budget reform, this is not a political rant. (Mr. E. Dempsey … the shutdown was averted.) Because I am taking time and energy to focus on something trivial, I apologize.
My friends, today I come to you to rant about Dancing with the Stars.
And with that announcement, I just lost a slew of readers.
Still with me? Then I’ll begin.
I watch and I enjoy watching Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). I think I am in the age bracket of DWTS’ preferred demographic, though I do not know for certain. I question myself, when certain stars are voted off while other stars, with less talent, remain.
What I do know is the fact that two of my four sisters and I have been following DWTS for the past 11 seasons, and we are actively following this 12th season of DWTS. My sisters and I discuss the performance of the stars the following morning via email. The three of us don’t always watch the results show, because the drama leading to the person getting cut is too – well – dramatic for us. Rest assured, the morning after the results show, my sisters and I discuss the results episode and whether or not we agree with the elimination.
When I read the news this morning, I emailed my sisters with this simple note: “I have no words. Though I did not watch the results show, I just checked the news. I believe you both know how I feel about this. I’ll need several days to get over it.”
Sugar Ray was eliminated. I adore Sugar Ray Leonard. I have had a crush on Sugar Ray ever since my age hit double digits. Sugar Ray embodies sportsmanship. As I get older
and crankier, sportsmanship seems to be dying.
(Thankfully, though Sugar Ray made his exit, Hines Ward remains. Hines is another good role model with sportsmanship. Hines also played football for my Alma mater, though I am not a huge football fan. Goooo Dawgs! Sic ’em! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!)
And with that – I just lost another slew of readers.
Sugar Ray Leonard did not deserve to be eliminated. Instead of returning to his home life, he should be practicing for next week’s dance with his DWTS professional dancer/partner. I have no intention of belittling or badmouthing the star with the lowest score. Just like this rant, belittling anyone is a waste of time. Plus, I’m well aware of the fact that Sugar Ray was not the best dancer. Still, he was robbed. He did not deserve the – wait for it – knock out.
Yes, I will tune in next week to see my favorites (minus one) return to the dance floor. I look forward to seeing Daniel’son channeling his wise teacher, Mr. Miyagi, as ‘he waxes on and waxes off’ the dance floor. Also, I will watch (and enjoy) Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. As Kirstie said to Maksim during a practice, “You’re handsome; you’re a good dancer; you’re every girl’s dream. Let’s do it again.” Maksim may not need the ego boost, but Kirstie was speaking the truth.
Sugar Ray will always be a champ in my heart. His weekly presence on television will be missed, as will his positive influence on the kids watching DWTS with their
grandparents parents. But to his son, Sugar Ray will always be ‘just [his] dad’.