Ice dancing: combining all of the worst elements of figure skating with “Dancing with the Stars,” it’s the one event during the Winter Olympics that you pray your wife or girlfriend doesn’t make you watch. Because if you are stuck on the couch watching it, it’s the sports equivalent of going to the ballet: long, boring and completely ridiculous. The only advantage is that you at least can watch in your sweats instead of having to wear a suit and tie.
Any red-blooded American man has the feel the same way, and no one is more of an “American man” than Bob Knight (just ask the Puerto Rican police). The how in the world can you explain this?: Aaccording to THE DAGGER, Knight spent the majority of his segment on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” singing the praises of Russian ice dancers. Who are you, and what have you done with our prime representative of the ugly American?
It seems like Knight and his wife went to see some Ice Capades-type show the night before in Las Vegas, and was blown away. As in, “I am amazed because I have never seen anyone use these ’skate’ things before, and I wasn’t aware that when water freezes it turns into solid ice.”:
“Now, before we go into any more basketball, I’ve got to tell you about the best athletes in the country, and they aren’t American, they’re Russian,” Knight said. “They’re Russian ice skaters. I went to see them last night at the Riviera with (wife) Karen, and the title of the show is Ice. This was the most incredible athletic scene for an hour and 20 minutes that I’ve ever seen. Unbelievable.”
First off: I doubt that the ice dancing revue at the Riviera is where the former champion skaters go. If anything, they can just get some … augmentation … and become pop stars like Anna Semenovich. Also, there is no way that the ice show at the Riviera is better than the old show there, “Crazy Girls.” Would it be worth $20 out of your pocket to see barely post-op transsexuals with fake boobs dance topless to numbers from “Chicago?” Me too. I really wish Knight had seen that instead.
Knight is in Las Vegas to do his online basketball show with disposed Czar of CBS Color Billy Packer. I guess if your evening entertainment options are going to see ice dancing with your wife or listening to an old man even more cranky than you bitch about anything and everything in sight while eating at the coffee shop at the Frontier, I’d go to ice dancing too.
But I would like to point out that it’s impressive that you can talk about something so unmanly that even Mike Greenberg is perplexed.