For those of you unfortunate souls who missed the season debut of Spike TV’s latest attempt at ratings, Pros vs. Joes, allow me to fill you in on the insanity.
The premise of the show is brilliantly ludicrous: three everyday guys (or Joes) are selected to compete in various athletic competitions, matched against a professional of the respective sport. The pros tonight were:
Jerry Rice– who either played pro football all those years for free, or has MC Hammer for a financial planner.
Jim McMahon– still trying to be a jock version of the Fonz, even though he’s over the hill.
Dennis Rodman– A perfect fit for Spike TV, particularly the scene where Rodman ingests his own blood–true story.
Matt Williams– Yes, the former MLB slugger who nobody has thought about since 1996. I guess Todd Zeile was unavailible.
Bill Goldberg– Cause pro-wrestling is a sport on Spike TV. Oh wait, Goldberg did play in like three games for the Falcons many years ago…there’s the logic.
I figured the show would be horrendous based on the fact that Spike still airs the movie Barbwire and the japanese obstacle course spectacle. Throw in the fact that people like myself are attempting to best a pro at their own game, and it seemed cruel and unusual.
Well, I was right…but I loved it. Hey, Spike also does the Bond marathons ok? I never knew that watching professional athletes beat up on normal folk as if they were re-enacting a domestic dispute at Jason Kidd’s house could be so fulfilling. Although they do compete against each other, the real competion is between the three Joes. The forced trash-talking between the pros and joes is a little much, but watching Goldberg crush the hopes, dreams, and rib-cage of Joe Shmo is downright great television.
The next show features John Rocker and Dominique Wilkins…think that might get a little awkward?