Monday, February 22, 2010

Ice dance more important than hockey?

Well, maybe to NBC.

I stumbled upon this Yahoo article today when I googled "why is ice dance an Olympic sport?"

Apparently many Americans were angered when coverage of the Canada/US hockey game was pushed from NBC to cable's MSNBC in favour of an "exhilarating night of ice dancing."

Says the Yahoo article:
"Ice dancing, like figure skating, is a demographic draw; it's the hook for a night of coverage that appeals to a broader audience than hockey does. But it's not the only reason USA/Canada was shifted to the home of Keith Olbermann's foaming mouth. In essence, committing to a hockey game is committing to a three-hour programming block that can't be interrupted. Imagine the outrage if NBC cut away during the second period of USA/Canada because someone was taking a historic bobsled run. Ice dancing allows for drop-ins at other events, which is another reason NBC believes it's the best option in East Coast prime time."

Interesting. But more importantly why IS ice dancing an Olympic sport?

Don't get me wrong, I truly admire what the athletes are able to do. But where do we draw the line between arts and sport?

What do you think?

Brother and Sister pair, Sinead Kerr and John Kerr, of the Great Britain perform in the Ice Dance Original Dance (image from zimbio.com)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eating while driving will soon be easier...

...but not safer!
Heinz has just revealed their new ketchup packets:

"plastic-bottomed, peel-off topped tubs more suited to dipping than dunking (though the tiny bottle-shaped buckets have a snap-off bit on one end to facilitate drizzling, as well)," according to the National Post.

I wonder how many people and how long it took to drum up this idea?!

(Image from Nationalpost.com)