In the mid-90s, Seinfeld became the most popular TV show in America and was self-proclaimed as a “show about nothing.” It focused on our daily routines and the minutia of our everyday lives. Every show centered around Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer sitting in a diner and talking about their observations of things people did (and usually how much they were annoyed by it). So, if a show about nothing can be a ratings hit for the better part of a decade, I thought to myself, “how about an article about nothing?”
Flash back to about 4 months ago when Brandon and I decided to bring Lex, Buds, & Pick ‘n Roll to life. We had always talked about doing a sports podcast and website, with a little bit of news, politics, and anything of interest to Kentuckians sprinkled in. But we would first and foremost be driven by UK sports. And then Covid-19 hit, and there are NO sports to talk about. What are 2 guys with a sports podcast supposed to do when there are no sports? Well, we spin a wheel of stupid topics to debate, read excerpts from our hometown newspaper, and we make Brandon eat some of the hottest chicken wings we could find.
But that still leaves lots of content to fill on our website. Initially I had plenty of ideas (that you can go back and read about if you haven’t done so): Would UK have won the NCAA Tournament? My depression of not having the tournament; The popularity of Governor Andy Beshear and his 5pm press conferences; and of course, the subsequent protests/effigy. But as of late, it seems there is nothing to talk about that isn’t just extremely depressing.
Sure, I could write an article about Kentucky’s mask requirement, how serious the Coronavirus is, or whether schools should open back up. All of these issues are important, but it seems they are the ONLY things to talk about, and it seems everyone gets angry when they discuss it. I just can’t do it anymore. There is too much negativity, and for someone like me who is a glass is half-full, eternal optimist, always see the bright-side of things type of person; I need a detox from it all.
But if I don’t talk about these things, what exactly do we talk about?
When trying to come up with topics, I feel just like Coach Klein in The Waterboy. When his team is getting crushed in the Bourbon Bowl without its star player Bobby Boucher, the only thing he can muster to say in the locker room at halftime is: “Anybody got an idea?”
I have never been able to relate more to a movie character than this.
At this point, I would resort to just telling you about my day-to-day life, but when we are all under quarantine, I can’t even do that. I literally wake up at the latest possible moment, roll myself into our bedroom closet (aka my home office), work until 5:00, eat dinner, play with the kids, put the kids to bed, then watch Schitt’s Creek or Supermarket Sweep re-runs on Netflix. Rinse, Wash, Repeat. Every day. Not exactly the type of content that would win me a Pulitzer.
As we all are still unable to do many of the things that make life interesting (and for good stories), I can’t help but think of the Peter Gibbons character from Office Space. When asked what he would do if he had a million dollars, he said, “Nothing. I would relax, I would sit on my ass all day, I would do nothing.” And as his neighbor, Lawrence wisely remarked, “Well, you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing.” As Kentuckians have learned the last 4 months, truer words have never been spoken.
I am literally open to any ideas. Please comment, message, send smoke signals, Morse code to our Facebook or Twitter pages. If you have something you would like to hear us write or talk about, we are all ears. What are things that interest you right now? Maybe I can get back to talking about all the important issues soon, but for now, you get this article about nothing. Literally. I just typed over 700 words and I have no idea that it resulted in any quantifiable benefit to society.
Stay safe out their friends. Be kind to one another, and keep in mind we are all dealing with a lot right now. And don’t worry, Brandon and I will keep on brining you our unique perspective on all the issues in the most humorous way possible. Stay classy, Kentucky!