Editor’s Note: The following was written by Harold Leeder, editor-in-chief of The New Circle Circular, Lexington’s #1 source of fake news you can’t count on.
While season 9 of American Ninja Warrior is just around the corner, many had their first glimpse of the new challenging course last Thursday Night when a special Celebrity Ninja Warrior episode aired. While many of us American Ninja Warrior-heads are excited about the new season and its new challenges, some fans back here in Kentucky, specifically fans who are also members of the UK Basketball family, were left wondering “Where the heck was Coach Joe B. Hall?”
At this point it’s no secret, former Coach Joe B. Hall has spent the last two years training for his chance to climb Mount Midoriyama, and be crowned American Ninja Warrior, or whatever they call someone that wins that show… champion maybe?
“There’s few things I love more on this earth than a good salmon ladder,” said Coach Hall about what we’re hoping is an obstacle on the course this year, and not just something he ate the last time he was at Red Lobster.
We traveled with Coach Hall back on April 7th to witness his tryout this year, after finding stories of his 2015 tryout both impressive and, a little bit unbelievable. Although this year, there was no denying that Coach Joe B. Hall was born to be a Ninja. In fact, we were able to witness Joe B. become the real star of the night first hand, as he became the first former NCAA Basketball Head Coach to complete any stage of American Ninja Warrior.
Many on site agreed the Coach ran through the first round in style, as he showed off his recent gymnastic training, while sporting a classic sweater vest. Coach was able to slam the buzzer with just over ten seconds left on the clock, placing him seventh after the first round of the Daytona Beach regional. However, while the ageless wonder that is Coach Hall made waves, he ended up doing so figuratively and literally when he fell in the water during a particularly trying second round of the regional tryout.
“Maybe they’re saving my performance for the regular show? The celebrity episode is just so people at home can watch famous people fall down, like tyrannosaurus rex costume guy and Rob Schneider,” explained Hall as he stared at the screen through a single tear, as the credits of the premier rolled on, “yeah they’re saving the old Coach for the real show, that’s it.”
Be sure to tune in for the premier of this season’s American Ninja Warrior on June 12th, on LEX18 right after Hey Kentucky.