Don’t ask me why I think about these things. But I do.
So I’m doing my laundry at the laundromat Monday evening and I look up and the TV has “Wheel of Fortune” on. And I’m listening to Pat Sajak say “choose a letter” and “this time the category is ‘ and all that stuff, and I started thinking:
Pat Sajak has been the host of “Wheel of Fortune” for 30 years. THIRTY YEARS! He has asked tens of thousands of people if they want to buy a vowel. He has given scores of people the thrill of spinning a wheel and then guessing letters.
And I got to wondering: Do you think Sajak still likes his job? Wouldn’t you think it would be mind-numbingly boring and silly to him after all these years? (though Vanna is still quite fetching).
I know, you could say a job’s a job, and that electricians and insurance salesmen and roofers all get sick of their jobs, too and keep doing it.
But this man Sajak has been doing the exact same job, no the same show, for three decades. Don’t you think he gets up in the morning sometimes and says to himself “Dear God, not another day of stupid contestants needing to spell out the entire puzzle before guessing it!?!”
I’m endlessly fascinated by what motivates people. And so tonight I’m curious as to if Pat Sajak still has any fun. I can’t believe that he does.
**Sports Illustrated absolutely got it right Monday, when it picked two legendary basketball coaches as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. I sometimes quibble with SI’s pick (it blows my mind that Federer has never won the award), and this year I was sure it would be the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.
But nope, SI picked Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt. She is by far the finest women’s coach of all time, and she’s had a horrible year, with a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease. And K, well, of course as a Duke diehard I’m biased, but the man is at worst one of the top 3 coaches of all time in college basketball, with 900 wins and four national championships to his credit.
Both are class acts, never tainted by a whiff of scandal, who truly deserve the honor. Good job, SI. Though I’m still pissed you bypassed Federer all those years.
**This is insane. Northern Iowa was playing Wofford on Saturday in the college football I-AA playoffs, and with Northern Iowa up 21-14 in the 4th quarter, a Wofford returner did this on the kickoff. Never seen it before in my life. I’m thinking that poor kid will be seeing this play for the rest of his life.