Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts will tell you that Kimbo Slice, who fought in the featured bout on CBS Saturday, is not one of their sport’s best fighters. They worry that novices got a skewed picture of what MMA offers.
But CBS wasn’t looking for the best fighter. It was looking for the best-known fighter. It was looking for the biggest draw.
The network’s share of men aged 18-34 Saturday jumped an incredible 271%. This means two things: MMA will return to CBS and males 18-34 almost never watch the network on Saturday night.
Kimbo is no technician, as his work on the ground attests. Still, he’s a tough guy to ignore. He has a great punch and an even better name.
I found the fight card less than mesmerizing. But I’ll give it another chance.
If you want to see superior MMA competitors, go to Charlotte Bobcats Arena June 21.
Dale Jr., sans broom
I asked Dale Earnhardt Jr. the best thing about owning his own bar.
“I don’t have to clean up,” he said.
That’s a good answer.
Man, would I love to own a bar. I’d call it something original such as Vodka River.
Top down, windows up
Somebody in The Buzz last week made a short and snappy comment critical of convertible drivers who roll with the top down and the windows up. I admit that I’m one of them. I look for reasons to drive with the top down. That’s the quality that makes driving fun.
Putting up the top is like surrendering. So on cool nights I often roll up the windows and, in extreme cases, crank up the heat. It’s not about how you look. It’s about driving being fun again.