Saturday, February 23, 2008

Eagles Anniversary

While most of the music industry celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, another musical milestone is being forgotten. By most, not me.

Yes, this year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most celebrated sports songs, and videos, of all time. Well, not quite, but the anniversary part is right.

Back in 1988, members of the Philadelphia Eagles recorded Buddy's Watchin' You, a "rap" song in the same vein as The Super Bowl Shuffle done by the Bears in '85.

Sad to see just how many of these Eagles are no longer with us. Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Andre Waters.

On the plus side, it's fun to see these guys include a few of the white guys. Heck, even kicker Luis Zendejas gets in on the fun -- his section alone is worth watching.

And who's the Sly Stallone clone in the sound room?

Plus, you know as soon as this video shoot was done, the team took those two women into some other room for a little brotherly love.

Monday, February 18, 2008

American Gladiators: Monica And Some Dude

American Gladiators wrapped up last night on NBC. Monica Carlson, a former cheerleader with the Portland Trail Blazers, was the winner on the women's side, and some dude won the men's competition.

But enough about him.

Since I know my wife reads this blog, let me just say I was happy to see Monica rewarded for her athletic skills by winning this reality show competition, and earn $100,000 that will certainly be put to good use for her and her family.

(Translation: I'm glad she won because she's cute as a button and looks great in that tight red Gladiator outfit).

I didn't think I'd bother watching many episodes of Gladiators this time around, even though I used to watch it with some regularity back in the old days. Our oldest daughter, Megan, took a liking to the show, and with not much else on Sunday nights, it was pretty safe fare, and provided a rare opportunity for all of us to sit around the TV and watch something we all somewhat enjoyed.

I sure hope my wife doesn't have a problem with my playful infatuation with Monica. And, if she does, I have no problem with her setting her sights on a man from the show.

I noticed that Wolf's a real looker.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Treasure Hunt: The Prelude To Deal Or No Deal

After finally getting around to watching some episodes of Deal Or No Deal recently, I think I know, at least part of the reason, why I've enjoyed the show: it takes me back to another similar game show from my childhood, Treasure Hunt.

My guess is, there's a whole generation of people out there that have no idea about this show, which was hosted by Geoff Edwards -- who hosted another underrated game show that I loved in the early 80's, but more on that later.

First, random thought on Deal Or No Deal: There comes a point in each game where my emotions go from rooting for the contestant to win big, to, in the blink of an eye -- usually when they pass up a really good offer -- hoping they crash and burn and win $.01.

Especially during this recent stretch of shows where the number of million dollar cases has stretched into the double digits, and the deal offers hit six digits. These contestants get too greedy, classic mistake, and pass up on life-changing amounts of money, foolishly going for the million dollars. Always fun to see them blow loads of money, and walking off stage with their tail between their legs.

Anyway, back to Treasure Hunt. Click here to find out much more about the show, but the basic premise was simple. The set featured an amount of gift boxes (usually 30, more in later years) that were positioned in the background, each had a number on it, and each had a gift inside.

The contestant would select one box, which was brought down to a small table where Edwards and the contestant were standing. Edwards would then offer the contestant a dollar amount -- somewhere between $500 and $2000 -- that they could take instead of whatever was in the box. Usually, the contestant wanted what was in the box instead.

The next few minutes consisted of Edwards peeking in the box to see what the prize was, and then, after plenty of amped up drama, revealing what was inside the box.

There was one box with a grand prize check, usually $25,000, although that number varied over the years. There were other smaller prizes as well in other boxes, and also "klunk" prizes, which were basically worthless.

Another treat was the stone-faced Emile Autouri, the show's security guard who was in charge of placing the grand prize check in one of the boxes before the show. During episodes when there wasn't a grand prize winner, Edwards, at the end of the show, would ask Autouri if he indeed put the check in one of the boxes, and Autouri's answer was always a deadpan, "Yes, I did (Geoff)."

Corny. Cheesy. Classic.

Another show from around that time that was a fave of mine was Starcade, also hosted by Edwards. This show ran in the early 80's on TBS, and it was a show built around watching kids compete against each other by playing arcade games.

Remember, back then, video games were just starting to become huge, and arcade games were still a big deal.

Occasionally the show would feature the arcade game Dragon's Lair, which was the arguably the most sophisticated video game of its time.

Thanks to the brilliance of the internet, you can enjoy some videos of these shows below, and you can click here for Starcade episodes of the past.

Treasure Hunt after the contestants have picked their box

More winners from Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt's Emile Autouri

Starcade featuring Pac Man

Dragon Lair episode part 1

Dragon Lair episode part 2

Dragon Lair episode part 3

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Good Knight, Bob

With the news of Bobby Knight walking away from his coaching gig at Texas Tech, I thought the best way to honor the coach is by highlighting some of his finest moments.

Of course, these have nothing to do with his 902 wins and three NCAA championships.


Rubbing glass to predict the future

Knight: Disappointed - This one starts off innocently enough. I can only imagine what it must have been like to interview this guy. After asking him a question, I'm sure interviewers would spend the first few seconds of Knight's response bracing for a smartass answer, or some kind of meltdown. This interviewer probably felt great during the first few seconds of this response. Then things went downhill, quickly. (NSFW)

The Chair

Bunker Mentality - Here's Bobby enjoying a nice, quiet day on the golf course, trying to hit a nice bunker shot for a golf instruction video. I'm sure the instructor was wishing he had a helmet on by the 3rd or 4th bad shot.

Halftime encouragment speech - either that, or this is Bobby Knight's audition for the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. (Ummm, NSFW)

More golf outtakes (Yeah, it's NSFW)

ESPN'S Top Ten Bobby Knight Soundbites

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Chris Berman Goes Ba-Ba-Ba-Bats@&*!

Here's the Chris Berman video that's been making the rounds over the last few days. It's always fun to watch a big-name TV personality lose his cool off-the-air, when real emotions can come out.

That said, I don't think Berman is too out of line here. At this point, he's in cahrge of studio duties for the top primetime sports broadcast in the history of television, and wants to get things right, do his job to the best of his ability, without some behind the scenes grunt running in his field of vision while he's trying to do whatever it is he's trying to do.

Plus, this was the year 2000, pre Youtube, so while Berman had to know all of this was most likely being recorded, he probably felt fairly safe that this footage wouldn't be leaked online anywhere other than in a few emails here and there.

Certainly not a video that has been seen -- as of this writing -- over 633,000 times in merely two days.

I would imagine this particular broadcast ended up being just fine, because nobody circles the wagons like Chris Berman.