Wednesday, November 19, 2008

OK, I stole this from Bill Simmons on, and it may be the single greatest thing I've ever seen on the Interwebs.

A little background...anybody remember Battle of the Network Stars? The Big 3 networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) would all send stars from their shows to compete in Olympic-style events. The winning team would get $20K per member, which in not bad money now and was certainly worth coming out back then. Plus, it was advertising for the shows and for the stars themselves. Howard FREAKING Cosell was the host, which you can just imagine...and the sideline reporter? Bruce JENNER!

On this particular episode, the NBC team, consisting of Robert Conrad and a couple of other folks I don't remember, broke the rules of the 4X100 meter relay by passing the baton out of the passing area. The CBS captain....wait for it...TELLY SAVALAS!!! YESSS!!! is NOT happy about it. What follows is EPIC.

Things to watch out for:
- Epstein from Welcome Back, Kotter...and his MASSIVE 'fro.
- Cosell: "Farrah, baby, I'm not in charge of the RULES COMMITTEE" (how funny is it that this thing had a RULES COMMITTEE?
- Richard Hatch (Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica and Zarek on the new BSG) trying to play no avail.
- Lynda Carter in short shorts....YAY!!!!!!
- Ron Howard in short shorts....BOO!!!!
- How big a tool was Robert Conrad? Reminds me of those guys in the pickup basketball games who call phantom fouls every time they miss a shot.
- Telly Savalas was one of the coolest guys of all time.



BAYDAWG13 said...

Freakin' Awesome!!!
How in this day and age of reality shows does has this not made a comeback? (other than the stars probably wouldn't risk the injury/ the money couldn't be enough to entice them?)
Telly is THE MAN!!!
Check out the lady (I think) photographer at the 2:22 mark. Looks so much like Dwight Schrute.
The music and the graphics really take the clip over the top.
It's funny how everyone is smoking (AT A RACE!!!)
"Like Hell!, Like Hell!, Like Hell!"

Scott said...

You're right...what is Dwight Schrute doing there? Did he turn the frozen donkey wheel and go back in time?


BAYDAWG13 said...

Seriously. I think they got "Dwight" the photographer from central casting. She's wearing a trench coat and a fedora like she's covering the Hindenburg. Everyone else is barely wearing any clothes at all.
And, IMHO Farrah is way over-rated. Linda Carter was WAYYY hotter!