You can't sweat out . . .

Bob Barker, come back to me

In Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood on March 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I recently realized that while I talked a big game about pledging to never again watch The Price is Right due to Drew Carey, I relapsed back to the show at one of the first opportunities since that writing.  Flipping through the channels last week, I fell upon the Showcase Showdown, and in accordance with one of my personal rules, I could not change the channel.  Final Jeopardy.  Fast Money on the Family Feud.  The final puzzle on Wheel of Fortune.  These are four segments of television I will not intentionally miss.  So, with my dislike for Carey as a host in the back of my mind, I gave him another shot.

After the first contestant blatantly overbid, all the second guy had to do was bid a dollar and walk away with a new boat, ATV, and dining room set.  But no.  He bid $24,000.  Great move.  Especially when the showcase was worth just over $22,oo0.  Just like that, both contestants lost out.

How did Drew handle this unfortunate ending?  Awakwardly.  Like a dejected kid who just had his lunch stolen, he said, “A double over bid.  You guys just bummed me out (pauses 3 seconds, then tries to recover). You each won $1,000 in the spin-off . . . that was cool.  And we gave away a camcorder, a car.”

I don’t know what I was expecting overall- maybe no one will be able to live up to the lofty status that Bob achieved as host.  Maybe I’m being too hard on Drew.   Maybe I should realize that The Price is Right is made for people three times my age.

Maybe this picture should never have been taken.

Remember to have your pets spayed or neutered . . .

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  1. Sean

    Bob Barker is a once-in-three-generations character. Some people are just born to do certain things. Manny Ramirez was born to hit a baseball. Eddie Van Halen was born to play guitar. Ty Webb was born to rub you.

    Well, Bob Barker was born to be a game show host. He had the great, classically smooth television/radio voice. He had a million dollar tan and wore suits that made Sinatra look like a hobo. In short, Bob Barker was the balls. Drew Carey is the complete antithesis of BB. Drew is fat and out of shape and middle-aged. He’s pasty, has a whiny voice, and couldn’t really be considered charming by any standards. Old Bob was lean, tan, and charming enough to fill broads half his age (I know that means they’re in their mid-40’s, but still). There will never be another Bob Barker.

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