John 3:16, Freakonomics style

If you are as old as me and a sports fan, you will remember the “Rainbow Man.” In the 1980’s, you almost couldn’t watch a televised sporting event without seeing him. He wore a rainbow wig and held up a sign with a biblical reference, most often “John 3:16.”

A friend of mine wants to pull off the Freakonomics version of “Rainbow Man.” He is a photographer and will be ring side for Saturday’s heavyweight fight involving 7 foot 1 inch tall Russian fighter Nikolai Valuev as well as other championship fights. His version of the rainbow wig will be a Freakonomics t-shirt, so if you are watching, keep an eye out for it. The fights will be on regular HBO (not pay per view).

This banter about the Rainbow Man made me wonder what he is doing now. Things have not worked out well for him, to say the least. There is even a documentary about his rise and fall.


prosa

If I may be forgiven a brief rant only peripherally related to your posting, as a big fan of boxing and MMA I am thoroughly disgusted at the way HBO and Showtime (and, even worse, pay-per-view) hog up almost everything in usch a greedy manner. ESPN2's Friday Night Fights are virtually the only boxing to be seen on free television. And the FNF matches, while entertaining, seldom involve ranked fighters. As for MMA, the only thing seen on free TV are occasionally older UFC matches on Spike TV, which in Spike's usual fashion are so littered with commercials as to be all but unwatchable.
I suspect this state of affairs is allowed to continue solely because boxing and MMA audiences are more limited than those for other sports. Imagine what would happen if the NFL decided to show its games solely on premium cable or PPV. The outcry would be deafening.

Taed

My the way, Blockbuster online (and probably NetFlix as well) carries the Rainbow Man documentary.

prosa

If I may be forgiven a brief rant only peripherally related to your posting, as a big fan of boxing and MMA I am thoroughly disgusted at the way HBO and Showtime (and, even worse, pay-per-view) hog up almost everything in usch a greedy manner. ESPN2's Friday Night Fights are virtually the only boxing to be seen on free television. And the FNF matches, while entertaining, seldom involve ranked fighters. As for MMA, the only thing seen on free TV are occasionally older UFC matches on Spike TV, which in Spike's usual fashion are so littered with commercials as to be all but unwatchable.
I suspect this state of affairs is allowed to continue solely because boxing and MMA audiences are more limited than those for other sports. Imagine what would happen if the NFL decided to show its games solely on premium cable or PPV. The outcry would be deafening.

Taed

My the way, Blockbuster online (and probably NetFlix as well) carries the Rainbow Man documentary.