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American Gladiators: A Saturday in the Gladiator Arena

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As you may have heard NBC is bringing back American Gladiators. The revamped version of the classic game show of the early 90s will begin to air on January 6. I wish I would have waited until January 6 for my first chance to see the new Gladiators in action.

Saturday morning I got up early and headed down to the Sony lot to be a member of the Gladiator audience. I gave up on sleeping in for a little walk down memory lane. In hindsight, I could have really used the sleep.

Our day started with a short drive from my place over to the lot at 10:30 am. There are no cell phones, cameras, iPods or knives allowed inside. These rules not only got in the way of my plans of shanking a Gladiator while listening to my workout mix on shuffle but also required us to walk all the way back to our car to drop off our cell phones before entering the lot. We were then directed to take another long walk, this time to an empty sound stage. The empty sound stage served as a holding area for us while we waited to enter "Gladiator Arena" better known as Stage 30.