Royal wedding vs. NFL Draft? Good thing I'm not watching TV
The other day, while my wife and I were in the car on our way to work, there was a story on NPR about the royal wedding. Steve Inskeep said something about the fact that beer was not going to be served during the William and Kate festivities because royals consider barley pop to be too undignified at occasions such as this.
That, my friends, is so far the most interesting of the dozens and dozens of stories I've seen and heard about the impending royal wedding over the past two weeks. I asked my wife why people get so worked up about a wedding between a prince with no authority over anything and his "commoner" girlfriend.
She said she thought it was a woman thing — although she herself said she had little interest in the royal wedding.
I mean really, why are we in the U.S. wasting so much time on this? I just don't understand why anyone would get up at 4 a.m. to watch a ceremonial wedding involving someone with an inherited ceremonial position.
Maybe it is a woman thing. But I'm an equal opportunity blogger, so I'll tell you that I have no more interest in the other Big Event of the week — the NFL draft, which begins tonight. It comes in a close second to royal weddings as the most overhyped "news" events of the year.
I'm a casual Vikings fan, so I'll be curious to see if the team picks a quarterback to replace That Guy Who Does the Jeans Commercials and is Fond of Texting. But beyond that? I honestly don't care if that dude on ESPN who looks like my high school chemistry teacher thinks the cornerback only three people outside the state of Virginia have every heard of is a steal as a fifth round pick.
Hype, hype, hype, hype, hype.
Turns out I picked a great time of the year to stop watching TV for a month. I miss the NHL playoffs (my son tells me there have been some great games), and I'd miss the Twins, too, if they weren't putting a AAA team on the field this month. But I'd much rather watch a rerun of "Everyone Loves Raymond" that I've already seen twice than be forced to watch coverage of the Royal Wedding or the NFL Draft.