Are you guys watching America Ninja Warrior? I love this show. If you've never seen it before, it's a series of obstacle courses, increasing in difficulty from super hard to near impossible. The course is open to adult men and women, 21 years of age and older, from all walks of life. It's a test of skill and strength (physical and mental).
All summer, my Monday nights are spent on the couch watching. That's how it'll be until NBC decides to stop airing it. Hopefully that won't happen any time soon.
So why do I love Ninja Warrior so much? Well, there are 2 main reasons:
1. These obstacle course are incredibly difficult. The fact that people are able to do them at all is remarkable. Some of the competitors are professional athletes but most are not. They are parents, professionals, students, regular people who want to challenge themselves. It's fun to watch as the courses get more difficult and the number of competitors dwindles until just a handful are left. I'm amazed at what human being are physically capable of doing, each and every episode.
2. The level of support and camaraderie among the competitors is impressive and unmatched in the sporting world. A big part of the reason why I don't like watching professional sports is because of the culture of poor sportsmanship. I don't think there is anything wrong with being competitive but these days it can be hard to find competition and sportsmanship together. Ninja Warrior doesn't have any trash talking, mind games or the like. Instead the competitors are rooting for one another, sincerely pulling for and supporting each other. When someone falls, everyone is disappointed. They are good people, in a pure competition and I love that.
At this point all of the city finals are complete and those who qualified will now be competing in Las Vegas in the final 4 courses. But don't worry, if you've missed the city qualifying and finals courses you can watch them on YouTube any time. It won't take long before you're hooked too.