“America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.” –Evan Esar, American Humorist (1899 – 1995)
One of yesterday’s headlines from The Villages Daily Sun read, “Senior Games Kick-Off With Pickle-ball 1A tennis like game played with a whiffle ball and oversized ping-pong paddles and Line Dancing.”
I find this amusing that this “olympic” event would have competition in two such events. We enjoy many amusing things here in The Villages. One of them is the Senior Games. There are real sporting events like track and field, swimming, cycling, and basketball, but there are some events like line dancing that doesn’t seem to fit.
Another amusing aspect of The Games is how medals are accounted for. In The Olympics coverage, each country is listed with the number of gold, silver, and bronze medals won. In the Senior Games, just the total number of gold, silver, and bronze medals are announced in the newspaper. Presumably this is because we don’t have localities competing against each other. They may as well just list all the medals they’re going to give out and be done with it.
We will have several weeks of Senior Games coverage in the Sun.
We love it here.
|A tennis like game played with a whiffle ball and oversized ping-pong paddles