Saturday, February 12, 2005

Geekhood at its furriest

Yessir yessir yessir, it's that time of year again, folks. For those suffering from the post-Super Bowl blahs, 2005 is particularly glum, as the NHL looks to hammer the last nail in the season's coffin this weekend. March Madness is over two weeks away, and baseball won't start spring training until--oh, who cares. Randy Johnson is a Yankee, so that game is dead to me forever.

But fear not, sports junkies, for the brisk winter wind brings a spectacle from the Big Apple so riveting, so competitive, so dramatic, it makes the Pistons-Pacers rivalry look like your Aunt Mildred's Parcheesi club.

I'm talking, of course, about the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, appearing Monday and Tuesday nights at 8PM on USA Network.

Three new breeds will compete in the ring for the first time this year: the Black Russian Terrier (which looks like the Kerry Blue Terrier), the Glen of Imaal Terrier (which looks like the Cairn Terrier), and the Neapolitan Mastiff (which looks like a lava flow with legs and a tail).

In case you're not satisfied with merely watching the best of each breed compete for Best in Group and eventually Best in Show, you can now see highlights from the breed judging through streaming video from the Kennel Club's website. The WKC has teamed up with Dreamworks to provide an animated commentator in the form of Grommit from the Wallace & Grommit TV series.

Click here to see the judging schedule. You may think that once you've seen 26 Portuguese Water Dogs, you've seen them all.

You be the judge.


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