I’ll say it — ‘Shark Week’ is overrated

AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

I was nearly dumped by my girlfriend on Sunday night for uttering four words in our living room, and I may lose a few friends and readers for repeating it, but here goes nothing.

“Shark Week” is overrated.

If you’ve been living under a rock for a decade and have never seen “Step Brothers,” Shark Week is a pretty big deal to some people. A week-long celebration of our aquatic enemies, the Discovery Channel profits from this cult following for seven days a year.

And each year, I turn it on for about 10 minutes, nod my head and think to myself, “That’s nice.” Then, I turn it off.

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It’s not that I don’t respect these beasts of the deep. I understand our fascination with sharks — they’re incredible killing machines, and their track record has us horrified to swim within a mile of them.

The Discovery Channel didn’t do itself any favors on Sunday night, when I tuned in to catch a few minutes of their two-hour documentary, “Megalodon,” to gauge my level of interest in this year’s Shark Week material.

(OK, I was “asked” to turn it on for a few minutes by said ladyfriend.)

Megalodon is the tale of a massive shark that carries a Lochness Monster-like tale. It’s a massive shark that has been known, according to legend, to tear apart massive whales in a single bite and even take down boats.

But it wasn’t even a real documentary — it turned out to be fiction.

So now, they can’t even show real-life sharks during Shark Week? That’s what they go with?


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