Pro Bowl Solution

by Tommy Lawlor

When should it be played?  Where should it be played?  Is there anyway to keep the top guys from skipping the game after getting selected?

My answer…who cares?  I am a certifiable football junkie.  I can watch just about anything, but I have never watched an entire Pro Bowl.  The game just isn’t all that fascinating to me.  I love the subtleties of football.  There is nothing subtle about the Pro Bowl.  It is a showcase for players.  That’s just not my cup of tea.  I still enjoy watching the MLB All Star Game, but the others don’t mean a whole lot.  I loved the NBA AS Game as a kid because it gave me a chance to see some players that didn’t get on TV much.  The Pro Bowl has never been a big deal for me.

Rather than talk about it any further I think we should discuss something more interesting … the TV show Alice.  I watched that quite a bit when I was a kid.  Why?  I’m still not sure.

The show wasn’t very funny.  Flo saying “Kiss my grits” was amusing the first 237 times, but then got stale.  Mel yelling “Hey dingy” at Vera multiple times an episode was humor that Shakespeare could only dream of creating.

The show was about 3 waitresses, but none of them were attractive.  Think about that.  Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, and Polly Holliday were not sexy women.  They were talented in their own way, but not one of them was a looker.  Think of the guts it took CBS to put out a show like that.  Then marvel at the fact it was a major hit…for almost a decade.  Yikes.

There are many great episodes to choose from when trying to single out the very best one.  I loved it when Santa Claus was involved in a robbery.  I loved the one where Art Carney turned out to be someone’s relative.  The show got very serious once and dealt with a gay football player.  Nothing though will ever come close to the Las Vegas trip.  Linda Lavin, for various reasons, had to dress up and perform as Robert Goulet.  That, my friends, was 1970s TV at its zenith (which is probably also the tv model that I watched the episode on).

For those of you too young to remember the show or who missed it entirely here is the IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073955/

Read at your own discretion.  I can’t guarantee your life will ever be the same.

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