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– NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” ended tonight, and the finalist who lost the most weight in nine months was Matt, a recovering alcoholic wrester from Iowa who shed more than 150 pounds (45% of his body weight). He beat out the exceedingly boring new father Seth and Suzy, a cute hairdresser who transformed into Jessica Simpson.
I don’t watch much TV, outside of “Nip/Tuck” and “Family Guy” and the news. And this was a weird show to take on, given it’s got the highest ratings to buzz ratios in reality TV – ratings are great, but no one talks about it. I figure the lack of buzz comes from the fact that, well, it’s a show about fat people losing weight to win money. Fit people don’t care; fat people who’ve let themselves go don’t care. And the weirdness of the concept is just so hard to get past. Tonight’s finale put people on a giant scale, live, where their weight was broadcast to the world – the winner’s weight was announced by a cannon blast of confetti.
Weirdness aside (or weirdless included), it was a damn fun show. Winner Matt was the kind of obviously broken, bitter guy who doesn’t make it on any other reality show. The average “Apprentice” or “America’s Next Top Model” contestant has a pretty good life to head back to if he flubs the audition, but Matt had nothing. Unlike this show’s nearest equivilent, “The Swan,” Matt didn’t get his life on track with a quick fix. He transformed himself through willpower, competition, and denial. It was actually more than a little heartening to watch. I felt bad for contestant Kathryn, though, who had been voted off the show in week two and lost no weight in the eight months since then, and had to share a stage with a bunch of newly thin or athletic peers.
– I’ve sometimes (it doesn’t come up often) commented that the blog Polipundit is like Daily Kos if Kos bloggers won elections. I should amend that to “Daily Kos if Kos bloggers were so partisan they couldn’t think straight.” Polipunditer Lori Byrd breathlessly posts a link to this story.
Last Wednesday, the Minority Leader appeared on KRNV-TV’s “Nevada Newsmakers” program and dropped a stunning revelation. He had been informed just that day that Osama bin Laden was killed in the giant Pakistan earthquake last month. “I heard that Osama bin Laden died in the earthquake, and if that’s the case, I certainly wouldn’t wish anyone harm, but if that’s the case, that’s good for the world.”
Am I missing something? A lot of people were speculating that bin Laden died in the Pakistan earthquake. If you hear Reid’s entire quote, it sounds like he was going off those speculations – he actually said “I heard today” that he may have died, which is a little less loaded than the “had been informed just that day” James Bond spin John Fund takes on it.
This is a story? Who hates a political party enough to think about this crap?
UPDATE: Thanks for the link, Pajamas Media! PJ readers are welcome to stick around and argue w/ me in the comments.