> ...Dare we dream that
>we might catch a glimpse of our sport on the tube? And no, that 1/2 second
>of fencing on the Offspring video on MTV doesn't cut it.
It's funny that you mention the Offspring video; its not the only time fencing
has appeared on MTV. As a matter of fact, little Nicky Bravin and his
coach Zoran Tulum(spelling?)appeared on MTV sports about a year ago.
That's right, you heard me MTV SPORTS. I was innocently sitting there,
having just watched a segment on *** underwater cliff diving, or something
like that, when suddenly the announcer says "next up, meet fencer
Nick Bravin as he hacks and slashes his way to the olympic gold for team usa!"
The segment was awesome. They showed clips of action packed matches with
lot's o' corp a corp and flicking, with headbanging speed metal in the
background! YES! Fencing kicks ass! They said everything I'd want them to
say about fencing: it's not some ballet type thing with men in tights,
its a ***y *** sport with people screaming at eachother, ready to
kill! The best scar he could show off(an MTVsports tradition)was the
callous on his index finger!(ARRGH, if only I was around with my scar form
the chest tube earlier this year...he could at least have made something up!)
Anyway, my bro and I asked Zoran about this whole ordeal when we visited
stanford that summer. It turns out that the USFA had NOTHING to do with that
video. Zoran and Nick called up MTV themselves and got them to do the piece.
Basically, the USFA could have capitalized off of reaching such a huge
audience! But they followed up the show with nothing! No invitations to get
Dan Cortese to fence or lifetime memberships for Kenedy or Jon Stewart!
This is the essential problem of fencing's lack of popularity in the
united states. Marketing. We need to market the sport right. That means
more color, e***ment and heavy metal!
Look at tennis. They have that guy with the long hair. Basketball has
"air" jordan. If we just had a couple personalities, paired with a big win
in Atlanta(Ann Marsh just won a World Cup, so its possible) we could
start a fencing fad in this country which could give us the opportunity
to make the sport more popular. Granted, I don't think it could ever be as
big as football, but maybe golf and definitely bowling! The only problem
is that our threshold would only be a couple of months, so all the
divisions would have to act fast and coordinate with a USFA master plan.
> So what are we to do? An agressive recruitment campaign? More silly
>rules that only take away from the uniqueness of the game? Really, it's
>too bad that O.J. didn't use a fencing weapon that fateful night. Think
>of the press!!!!
We've already got that dude who bought it in france; what do we need oj for?
(ok guys, what's the plan?)