I Got This Idea The Other Day

…Now bear with me on this one.   I’ll explain my idea in just a minute, but first I want you to look at this short little 10–second video tease that The Sportsman Channel is currently playing between their scheduled programming:


Kind of makes you wonder what they’re up to, eh?   I mean, c’mon…why do we need to wait until 6.29.09 for the big announcement?   We live in a world where we want to know what’s happening NOW!   Oh sure, this sort of marketing builds intrigue and wonder…but forcing us to wait two more weeks to learn what’s happening at the cable TV network is just a bit ludicrous, if you ask me.

Fortunately, I think I’ve decoded what’s going on.   Now keep in mind, I have no inside information…as what I’m about to tell you is strictly a guess.   And as far as guesses go, some folks might say it’s pretty far-fetched at that.

Okay, are you ready for what I think the big announcement will be?   Here it is.   I think The Sportsman Channel is planning to announce the debut of a new outdoors-oriented reality TV show.   Yup, that’s right.   In a world filled with popular shows of that ilk such as “Survivor,” “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” and “American Idol,” among others…isn’t it about time us sportsmen have our own high-drama show?   Seriously, I’m talking about a human interest show that is woven into a predictably humorous plot that we simply just have to tune in from week to week to see what might happen next to the participants.

Now, should we get down to specifics and hear my guess?   I think the name of the new show will be called THE SNIPE HUNT!!   Yup, a humorous concept that most sportsman are already keenly aware of, but nonetheless a practical joke that has been absolutely legendary standing the test of time.

Alright, for the sake of a few rookie readers who might not understand the concept of snipe hunting, I refer you HERE for an explanation.   For the rest of you, consider the concept.   What could be more hilarious from week to week than sportsmen tuning in to watch gullible, unsuspecting, totally green-horn type outdoors folks being dropped off in the woods with a burlap bag and a lantern.   Oh, and, of course, a camera-man who documents their every action as they slowly discover the gig isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

Honestly, I have played this concept through in my mind and when you watch the teaser promo video and listen to the voice-over it leaves me convinced that what you have here is a couple of innocent folks out on a good ‘ol fashioned snipe hunt.   In my mind’s eye I can picture one of them holding the bag wide open and the other trying to direct the light as they hear the approaching sounds of what POSSIBLY could be an incoming snipe.

Now seriously, if you had to develop an outrageous reality TV show of great interest for most outdoorsy folks what could possibly be better than snipe hunting?   I think the time has finally arrived and The Sportsman Channel has recognized that the traditional sport of snipe hunting deserves 30–minutes of air-time each week.   There’s already enough shows chasing deer, elk, and lunker fish…isn’t it about time the oft disrespected snipe (the fictional one, not the migratory bird) gets the attention it is rightfully due?

Then again…I’m told that a new teaser promo will be airing each week before the cable TV network’s big announcement and perhaps the next clue will dispel my most recent guess of a reality TV show.   I certainly hope not…but for the record, I have been known to be wrong a time or two before.   I guess we’ll all have to stay tuned to see what’s happening on 6.29.09 even though I think it’s downright mean for them to make us wait that long.

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