Is it because of Fila or whatever brand sponsored the hype? Of course, it is. (Not that I mind a lot.)
I only chose Badminton as a PE course in college (don't laugh, you klutz!) because I thought it was a breeze next to two other ridiculous options, Bowling and Archery. Indeed, I think I got a grade of 1 (the highest) even if I never learned how to score properly. (Same with ny Bowling subject). It was so unfortunate I never got the chance to enroll in Ping-Pong, the only sport I actually like doing.
I once got the scare of my college life when, during my graduating year, the only PE course that fit my overly cramped schedule was Outdoor Recreation, which meant (1) I needed to go on a spelunking trip to Sagada cave as a final exam - and I had acrophobia, a fear of heights, thank you; and (2) one activity involved island-hopping and snorkeling - and I didn't know how to swim!
My friend Rolan is very much into badminton right now, and I could see that it is good for his deltoids (the shoulder muscles). My deltoids are good enough so convince me why I should try playing badminton again.
This piece shouldn't end without a gripe: What's cool and what's not is obviously a big-business diktat. I hope people read/do/watch/eat/wear/play/listen to what they read/do/watch/eat/wear/play/listen to because they really, really, really, really, really, really like it.
Bleh. (Uso 'to ngayon.)