October 26, 2011
As a window into the mind of the average American, the "Family Feud" concept is something of a dinosaur. When the nation's culture was relatively uniform, it made sense that 100 random people would produce a relatable set of answers to basic questions about their lives. However, in this age of fragmented subcultures, it's hard to know what kind of people go to shopping malls anymore, let alone agree to answer questions from an unpaid intern who just wants to go home and work on "FarmVille" projects.
Nevertheless, the "Feud" soldiers on, now with funnyman Steve Harvey as host. It is still reasonably popular, too. Or, at the very least, NBA superstars still love it. In fact, one of them is going to play the game soon. From Dave Walker of The New Orleans Times-Picayune (via TBJ):
According to a news release, the Paul team applied and auditioned for the show, hosted by Steve Harvey, just as any family can. (The show's contestant hotline: 323.762.8467.)
Prizes include $100,000 and a car, which would surely be a fine haul for Paul's foundation. The fact that he applied just like anyone else makes this story even better -- it almost seems like it was a childhood dream of his to appear on the show. I guess we can thank the lockout for giving him the time to do so.
With any luck, Paul can help prove that NBA players aren't as out of touch with everyday people as many people think. He probably knows which items people forget to pack just like anyone else does.