Friday, March 5, 2010

Trivial Update "Superstar, Uber Athlete"

Here's the recap of episode 35:

ThursdaysRTrivial ep. 35 coming up after this PSA: If you wanna get the most out of your NATS management degree, run away from US Marshals.

ThursdaysRTrivial episode 35 "Cross Training with Herschel in the Off-Season". Welcome to the Twitter Twivia Show that has more prize money than the combined salary of Crapalari's (h/t Ollllddude) lineup. REPLY back your answer for a chance at a fabulous prize. Yesterday was Herschel's birthday, so let's see how well you know the uber athlete. What tv show did #34 compete in during the '86, '87 and '88 off-season, winning it twice?

In Herschel's book Breaking Free, he describes his unquenchable desire for more and more competition. To illustrate the point he describes his three seasons on a US version of a popular television show in the UK called Superstars. The show was produced by IMG, the same management company that handled Herschel in those days. So he was invited to participate in 1986 during the NFLs off-season. By his own admission, in '86 Herschel was smoked. He was particularly disgusted with his performance in tennis. So for the next year he devoted himself to getting better at tennis. He even worked on his game during the football season of '86.

The result was a vast improvement that saw him finish first in Superstars the following year. Another person very familiar with first place is Ally, who tweeted in the correct answer which only helps solidify her argument that this thing should be renamed as a tribute to her sparkling legacy. My best guess is that she has compromising pictures of her boss which allow her to check her twitter feed every 12 seconds or so without the risk of professional consequences. However, I feel certain she would just attribute it to her twitter intuition.

Regardless, she's earned this week's prize....the actual bobsleigh Herschel and driver Brian Shimer used in Albertville. (BDB purchased it off eBay and it came with a pint of actual snow. But that melted, sorry.) It has even more dents than Bill Bates' integrity did back in September of 1980, but should work well in the coming years as Al Gore's climate change continues to take a dramatic shift. Enjoy!

I guess I'm gonna need to either find a way to throw Ally off or find harder questions. Cuz the rest of my followers aren't Dawg enough to take her down. (Yeh, that's a gauntlet I just threw on the floor.) Episode 36 goes primetime followers. With the SEC Tourney starting next week, there's a good chance that the question will center on roundball. So read up.

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