In my previous post I mentioned the power of genetics – in both directions, I guess. There is one guy I’ve been watching on TV who stuns me almost every time I see him. He’s LeRoy Bell, one of the contestants in X Factor. The guy is 60 years old, but I could easily be persuaded that he is 30 years younger when I look at him: likewise when I see a clip of him interacting with his teenage son. He’s doing pretty well in the competition too.
This guy is 61 years old and has made the Faulkner University football team. A long time ago, his first college career was truncated by a call to Vietnam but he was recently motivated to try again. He built a set of goalposts and began to practice his kicking. And it has paid off. While his role does not exactly carry the demands of a middle linebacker, I think this is a significant achievement. He looks old, especially compared to LeRoy Bell, but his body must be in pretty reasonable shape.
So here’s a tiny update.
While I think the actual heart operation went well enough, all things considered, the family was pretty concerned about his state of confusion on the day after as he had great difficulty in finding and forming words. He was reported to be doing much better yesterday, however.
Aside: I don’t know if you’ve been watching X Factor at all, but it’s stacking up very well against its counterpart, American Idol. The performances and staging are much more polished. I think that if the two programs went head-to-head, I be tempted to choose to watch X Factor. Of course, it doesn’t help that AI is set up so that lesser contestants, such as Scotty McCreary (sorry Scotty, I’m sure you’re a good guy), somehow manage to win and that the girls are sent packing prematurely — at least early on in the competition. I hope AI manages to rectify those situations. I think it helps that, so far at least, X Factor let’s the voting determine the two lowest acts, but the judges then choose which to send home. I think that will help to prevent at least some huge mistakes from occurring.