I'm all for bartending becoming huge on the main stage (I mean, if the Food Network would just open ONE of my letters suggesting a bartending or cocktail-based TV show.... They let Bobby Flay continue to rule the airwaves, but they won't showcase a bartender?) -- I'm not entirely sure the happy hour drinks at TGI Friday's are good enough (or interesting enough) to compete in global competition.
Apparently the restaurant chain disagrees. TGI Friday's is launching a campaign to make bartending the newest Olympic sport. No word on whether or not it'll work, but I sincerely hope that if someone listens, they make the rules a bit more strict than "put a measly shot in that subpar lemonade." Just saying.
In any case, it's nice PR for the nightlife world, and bartending in general. Drink slingers worldwide have gone too long without the proper recognition and glory. I watched an hour-long show once where six people competed to twirl the best pizza dough. I mean, pizza dough. Just saying.