A New Kind Of Game

I watch alot of sports.

Between meals on Thanksgiving Day, I kept track of three non-conference college basketball tournaments along with NFL games and a possible upset in college football.

Did I mention that I was on vacation at the time?

Since I’m a sports producer, it’s quite an asset to my career to keep tabs on sporting events.

Naturally, I’ve decided to take it to the next level.

On January 1st, I will join three other contestants at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore for the “Ultimate Couch Potato” competition. Before you make any jokes, listen to what the grand prize winner receives. How’s a $1,000 gift card to Best Buy sound to you? But wait, as late night television has taught us, there’s more. A total of $1,000 in prizes from ESPN Zone, along with a recliner and the fine folks at the Zone even pay your cable bill for a year. Not a bad prize for a contest that didn’t require an entry fee.

The rules are simple. The contestant must remain sitting — and attentive — until the other three contestants walk away from the event. In essence, the winner is the “Survivor” of watching sports on television. You can eat or drink anything on the menu — free of charge — but can only use the restroom every eight hours.

Since I have the bladder the size of a peanut, that may be a challenge. Oh, and did I mention that two of three competitors sat for 70 straight hours last year before one finally caved?

At the very least, this will be interesting.

Every four years, Olympic athletes sacrifice a personal life to chase the dream they desire to attain. I’ve waited 30 years for this moment.

Let’s go.


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