Athletes Born for Game Shows
Today’s project is to step outside of the box and pick some athletes that would have made great contestants on past or present Game Shows.
Press Your Luck
This was a game show I enjoyed watching as a kid. Contestants would try to win cash and prizes from a video board. The key would be to avoid the Whammy. Sometimes you had to gamble a bit to beat your opponent, which is why Pete Rose and his stellar bowl cut hairdo would be a natural fit. I’d love to see Bobby Knight be the other contestant. Can you imagine Coach Knight blowing his cool when that darn Whammy hit?
The Family Feud
This was another one of my favorites. It pitted two families against each other to see who could come up with the most popular answers to random questions. I would love to see Felipe Alou, Jesus Alou, Matty Alou, Moises Alou, and Mel Rojas square off against Ray Boone, Bob Boone, Bret Boone, Aaron Boone, and Rod Boone for MLB family supremacy. In the Baseball Edition of the Family Feud, Bob Eucker would fill in as the Guest Host.
The Newlywed Game
I’d like to see the Sports Edition of this classic couples Game Show. Couple #1 is Marko Jaric and Adriana Lima. Couple #2 is Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren. Couple #3 is none other than Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. In this version of the game the guys are asked to go backstage, but they are never brought back.
Adriana Lima Photo courtesy of Anthony J Causi/Icon SMI
Marko Jaric Photo courtesy of Anderson Public Relations Group
Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?
This is a newer game show, but would still be entertaining. The first contestant would be Pacman Jones. We’ll start with Spelling. Pacman, please spell Criminal. “OK, C-R-I-M-I-N-I-L.” I’m sorry Pacman, that’s incorrect. Let’s try a math question. If you made $70K rain at a Gentleman’s Club and Picked up $50K, how much would be missing? “That’s easy. Enough money to make me bust a cap in someone’s ass.” I’m sorry Pacman, you have to be more specific. Tune in next week as Mike Tyson showcases his intellect.
The Dating Game
Sean Avery would be the perfect contestant for this game. He would first go on a date with all three girls, and then other NHL players could have his sloppy seconds. If the show wasn’t cancelled after the Avery episode, Derek Jeter would be another good contestant.
Let’s Make a Deal
The Studio Audience was known to dress up in some outlandish costumes. Couldn’t you just see Dennis Rodman in the audience with with some sort of leopard print body suit, a pink feather boa, and a white Fedora? Larry Johnson is also in the crowd trying to reprise his Grandmama role.
Shaq would be a natural Center Square. He always has great one-liners. Charles Barkley, Yogi Berra, Curt Schilling, Michael Strahan, Reggie Miller, Magic Johnson, Mark Grace and Rickey Henderson would occupy the remaining squares.