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TV 4U: Full Metal Jousting

As what feels like a betrayal to all of my fellow men, I am not into sports. I really could not care less whether the Bears or Tiger Woods win the World Cup.
I think he just scored a goal here...
I just find a bunch of grown men playing games I learned in elementary school PE for a living to be...well...about what I just described. I'm not interested. However, if you were to strap medieval suits of armor to these men, then put them on 2,000 lbs beasts of burden, then have them try to ram another armored guy off his horse with a ten foot pole arm, you have my attention. Thus, I bring you my thoughts on the recent History Channel series: Full Metal Jousting.

From the first advertisement for the series, my interest was piqued.

The show is pretty simple: professional riders and medieval showmen have come to compete in a real jousting competition for a large cash prize. For the sake of pairing, the competitors have been divided into two teams, the red and the black, to whittle away at each others numbers.

Each episode of Full Metal Jousting is divided into three segments: choosing the competitors who will square off, a training period, and the actual joust. Occasionally some kind of drama within the teams will be advertised, but it's rarely anything as serious as the previews make it out to be.
So what works? Well, the detail that they put into how jousting works. The show takes time to educate the audience on how the game works, and the proper way to do it, rather than focusing too heavily on the nonexistent drama between the jousters. This lets us fully appreciate what we're seeing, and has its focus on the right aspect of the event.

The downside? As much as I like this show, I honestly can't imagine jousting taking off for a few reasons, despite how many competitors want to be “professional jousters. The big problem is: the amount of equipment involved. Armor, horses, lances, it all just adds more and more cost. Second, the skills required simply aren't widespread enough amongst the populace. How many professional polo players do you hear about? Very little.
Not exactly Wheaties material.
For what it is though, Full Metal Jousting is a good game show, and I would definitely argue that it's a sporting event. It may be confined to the TV or medieval fair, but its totally worth a ride.