It appears Wade Phillips, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, may be facing the ax while Al Harris, formerly of the green Bay Packers, has been released from the team. Hey, but there us a silver lining. Both will now have plenty of time to tune in to Slacker Radio or maybe catch Conan O’Brian once he returns to the late night wars. But, what is slacker radio you ask? Hey – its good to see you have found the tie to crawl out from under that rock – because Slacker Radio is only one of the most popular applications streaming music free of charge. And that’s good for Wade Phillips and Al Harris: no job means no money and that means neither will be able to afford a Karina Smirnoff style ring for their significant other. The Dancing With the Stars pro has been showing off her $95,000 engagement ring from baseball player fiance Brad Penny – yet another professional sports personality – but one with a secure job, it seems. But as I say, there is always Slacker Radio.
Now, excuse me if I seem a little sarcastic (you noticed?), but I have a hard time commiserating with folks who are payed tremendous sums of money to play games or just generally fool around. No doubt, Wade Phillips, Al Harris, Karina Smirnoff and Brad Penny (Conan O’Brian too) put a lot into their various vocations and I don’t begrudge their success. My complaint is with a society that makes recreational activities (best performed by amateurs in their free time) the center of our popular culture. I know, I know – that’s what ‘Pop Culture” is, whatever is popular at the time, whether it has intrinsic, enduring value or not.
I like football, I like Conan O’Brian’s comedy from time to time and I even like some types of dance. Yet, I can’t help but think we would be better off if we returned recreational activities to their proper place in the toy box.