Jousting Lives on History

Posted on February 15, 2012

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With yesterday being Valentine’s Day I decided to forego an evening of video games and spend some quality time with my lovely wife. After a brief exchange of gifts (jewelry and flowers for her, Midnight in Paris and Gobstoppers for me), we decided to relax and see what new shows awaited us on our DVR. She chose a couple episodes of Pawn Stars first, and then I chose a tremendously romantic new show called Full Metal Jousting.

From The History Channel:

HISTORY is bringing back the most dangerous collision sport in history and transforming it into a 21st-century event. But this is no Renaissance fair as the toughest riders in the nation face off in a bone-crushing competition for big money. It’s as intense as it was 500 years ago, but with a twist: Traditional armor is replaced by modern suits of steel, while action is captured by high-speed cameras. Each episode features full-contact jousts in which jousters charge and collide at 30 miles an hour, and every joust is a test of courage and strength requiring nerves of steel. The last man standing takes home the cash as this extreme sport is reborn.

The first episode was a little slow paced but I’ll blame that on the need to explain rules, introduce coaches, participants, horses, etc.  The previews of upcoming episodes look much more promising and intriguing. Overall, this is a show worth keeping an eye on (even if it’s not Valentine’s Day.)

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