“Goodnight and big balls.”
If you recognize that sign off I know you are familiar with the ABC reality competition Wipeout. Cohost John Henson says that line at the close of every obstacle-course filled program. It’s my son’s favorite show. I have to admit I laugh along with him at every flip, flop, bing, bang and wipeout each contestant endures. The obstacles are creative and hilarious.
While watching a Wipeout rerun today after school I wondered what it would be like to have a sports-themed celebrity edition of the show. Let some great athletes duke it out for the $50,000 prize for their favorite charities. It dawned on me that some of the stunts are fairly dangerous and current sports heroes probably wouldn’t be able to risk getting injured. The last thing you need if you are Aaron Hernandez is the New England Patriots’ front office screaming at you and withholding your million dollar paycheck because you broke your elbow bouncing on the show’s famous Big Balls.
Instead, you could use retired athletes who still got game. It would be fun to see Deion Sanders and Apollo Ohno vie for the wipeouts and the win. Female super stars like Monica Seles and Mia Hamm could stay competitive on the Dizzy Dummy or the Crankshaft.
Wipeout is always entertaining. Rooting for your favorite sports hero to go splat against the Sucker Punch Wall would make it even more so.