Sprint canoe racing?
This time, the one live option available was the 2011 Canoe World Championships.
Oh, why not?
I tuned in just in time for the women's 200-meter K2 final (whatever that means).
It was kind of interesting. If you had Poland in your K2 fantasy pool - congratulations, you are a winner.
A few observations: First, the boats look like telephone poles struck down by lightning - how do people fit in those?
Second, those marketing gurus in canoeing actually put advertisements on the paddles. If it's a sprint race, how will you know about the ad during the race? That would be like a sports drink company putting a small logo on Usain Bolt's uniform and expecting the world to see it during a 100-meter dash.
Third, those canoeists (credit that verbage to the broadcast - certainly not my vast boating expertise) are ridiculously strong. It looks like they're wielding nunchucks.
Here's an example of sprint canoeing, for what it's worth:
Admittedly, watching canoeing at a late hour on a Saturday night isn't going to make me get my own canoe and go out on Lake Erie (that would make for some great entertainment as I float over the international boundary into Canadian waters).
But for a few minutes, it was interesting. Who knew?
- Chris Lillstrung