Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

A class for men who can’t cry. The insanity of Signing Day. And the strangest YouTube video you will see this month

I am just about the sappiest, schmaltziest, hopelessly romantic person anyone I know knows.
I cried at the movie “The Rookie.” (hey, it was a great movie moment when he finally got called up to the big leagues). I get choked up watching sad commercials. I’m generally one or two softly-played piano keys away from having my emotions stirred.
Hey, it’s just who I am. But I realize, America, that I am not in the majority among penis-possessing humans. And so does Lee Glickstein, and he’s trying to do something about it.
I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Glickstein has founded something called the Men of Tears workshop support group in California, where men gather to learn how to cry, and get in touch with their emotions.
According to Glickstein, the more men cry, the happier they’ll be. The more men let out their tears, the less anger and violence there’ll be in the world.
Part of me, of course, laughs at the silliness of a course like this. Another part of me, though, thinks it’s a little sad.
That there are men out there so unable to cry, so unable to be in touch with their emotions, is a distressing thing. To be that hard-bitten and closed off from your own feelings … I can’t imagine that’s a fun thing for anyone.

**Wednesday was a huge day in the world of high school sports. It was National Signing Day, when high school football players across America sign their scholarship offers and announce to the world where they’ll play college ball.
The media (yours truly included) spent Wednesday breathlessly covering this thing, with rankings of what team got the best recruiting class, where the top players went, etc.
And I think it’s an enormous waste of time.  I wrote a column last year for my newspaper about how the real day we should be writing about is National Arrival Day. You can read my argument here.

**Finally, this is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen in pro wrestling, and I used to be a big fan. It’s a gimmick that I’ve never seen before, and is so incredibly weird that I love it. Plus the announcers sell it so beautifully.
There are no other words, just watch and enjoy (A hat tip to Sports Guy Bill Simmons’ Twitter feed for alerting me to this:)