Summer is good for running.
Winter in New England, not so much.
You will see the hardcore types doing their marathon prep hopping through the January snow in twelve layers of Underarmor, but I am not the hardcore type.
In the winter, I walk on a treadmill.
It’s good for your heart etc etc and is the most mind-numbingly boring activity known to man (which means a lot coming from a chessplayer).
There are exactly three kinds of television show that can sustain me for 45 minutes on a treadmill.
1 – America’s Best Dance Crew.
2 – Gordon Ramsay.
3 – MMA.
Strangely, this blog post on MMA is a top Google result if you search for MMA and economics. Let’s update the analysis in that post: Lesnar – Mir II in Las Vegas, 2009, is estimated to have sold 1.7 MILLION pay-per-view tickets. TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) viewership, thought to be in decline when I posted in 07, looks like it is actually more or less steady. They had a big (2x) spike at the beginning of season ten – thanks, Kimbo. But this season is “back to normal“. What I predicted was that to push MMA’s mainstream appeal and get bigger PPVs, UFC would eventually have to reduce the use of elbows. Elbows make nasty cuts, which stop fights and also make a serious mess. That was (I thought) a sensible prediction which appears to have turned out completely wrong. UFC has grown dramatically and, unless this most recent fiasco slows them down, they’re still on an upward trajectory.
Maybe MMA without elbows is like Gordon Ramsay without f-bombs.
Maybe Gordon Ramsay without f-bombs is like America’s Best Dance Crew without Lil Mama. (“Y’all did y’alls thing and I respect that, y’all represented.”)
Maybe it doesn’t matter because winter is over.
Summer is nearly here.
And I can get off this dang treadmill.