I recently had a conversation with some friends about our dream game/competition show. My immediate response was Supermarket Sweep, because obviously, but when no one knew what that was (I need new friends, specifically new friends who watched Lifetime in the mid-1990s), I changed my answer to American Ninja Warrior. Remember that SNL sketch where Bobby Moynihan’s “Tornado” looks like an idiot on the course? That would be me, but I can still fool myself into thinking I can master Mount Midoriyama.
(I could not.)
A less embarrassing option than failing on national television is having a Ninja Warrior course in your backyard. That’s what Gavin MacCall built for his awesome daughter, Lylah, who’s been training her entire life. “The day she turned the green chair around and climbed over it was the birth of the first [Ninja Warrior-inspired] course,” he told USA Today. The set-up is already impressive, especially the stuffed animals cheering Lylah on, but Gavin could use some help. He set up a GoFundMe for his daughter, a “super active little girl [who] would love more [opportunities] to play and train for future… competitions. With funds raised, we can build new obstacles get some scaffolding to experience new training techniques.” You can donate here.
Expect to see Lylah on America Ninja Warrior in 15 years. I know I’ll be at home watching, still bitter about my failed Supermarket Sweep dreams.