As some of you may know, on occasion I enjoy a little dose of reality via reality TV. Tonight after a 11.5 hour day coding I sat down with Lucas and watched the second episode of American Inventor. In case you’ve never heard of the show, basically it involves an American Idol like process where an inventor shows his invention and then the judges vote on whether to give them seed money to further their invention.
Often the episodes focus more on the outrageous inventions and the more emotional stories. On episode two they had Marc Griffin on the show to explain his game of “Bullet Ball”. Basically this game involves a table with two raised sides and a player at each end. Then the players try and push a ball back and forth using their forearms and the back of their hands. The game looked like quite a bit of fun. Marc was a gracious and warm presenter who showed that he really had a passion for the game. And, heck, I wanted to play! Marc revealed that he had sold all of his possesions to get there that day and to pitch this idea. His wife even sold her wedding ring and they sold their home. He has spent the past 26 years thinking about this game and perfecting it.
Now, admittedly, that is going a bit far. But, if any of you could watch him make his presentation and see the grace, ease, and confidence with which he presented his game then you would understand that this isn’t any old crack. This is a man with a vision and a quite fun game to play.
They told him no. Every single one of the judges said no. He kept himself from breaking down. He walked away a broken man. And his last words were “Nothing is going to stop me from bringing this game to the world.”
Literally, it emotionally devastated me. I had to stop the program, unsubscribe from further downloadings. I will never watch that show again. It aboslutely broke my heart. I haven’t really been able to talk for about an hour now.
I think its even more disturbing because of the obsession that getting thesynk.com going is for me. Like, I spend at minimum 10 hours a day. Its my passion.
And here is this guy, and he was just torpedoed. Bagh. Please don’t watch American Inventor. Boycott!
Anyone want to play a game of Bullet Ball?