I don’t get how a gladiator – battle, fight, scrum, whatever the word is – has “rules.” Perhaps out of modern arrogance I just assumed two guys tried to see who could kill the other one first. The article hints without much explanation that there may be more order to these things than I thought.
The important thing here, though is the human element – umps have been blowing calls for damn near 2,000 years. And that only counts games since the year 0, known as the “modern era” of gladiating.
The Roman senate tried replay. Each time a play was under review, they had to bring in an artisan to etch the replay-glyph into stone. The delays became too lengthy so the senate voted to end replay after three seasons. There was one dissenter, who was thrown to the lions.
The Coasters are hands-down one of my favorite bands of the late-fifties-early-sixties. A bouncy, fun sound, and some of the wittiest lyrics of that musical era. Their songs featured stories, characters, and plots, juxtaposed against some serious jamming. I strongly recommend you get acquainted with their music, if you haven’t already. The AP obit quotes from their page in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame:
Beneath the humor the songs often made incisive points about American culture for those willing to dig a little deeper.
About how everything on TV has essentially the same plot. Also perhaps the best use of a wood block ever in popular music. It’s barely audible on this live version, but those of you who’ve heard the single know what I’m talking about.
You’re gonna need an ocean . . . of Calamine Lotion. Another great, singable pop culture reference.