May 02, 2005

This is Your Brain on Sports: On ESPN2 tonight at 7:30 p.m., SportsFilter regular Jim Daly of Sports Links Central will be attempting to Stump the Schwab, defeating ESPN's in-house trivia expert.

posted by rcade to general at 08:01 AM - 23 comments

Thanks rcade, hopefully I didn't embarrass myself on TV. Your performance is a tough one to live up to.

posted by dales15 at 08:42 AM on May 02, 2005

Wow- good luck (even though I guess it's already been taped and done! Are you implying that rcade has also been on Stump the Schwab?!

posted by hincandenza at 09:38 AM on May 02, 2005

No, he was on the Today Show.

posted by dales15 at 09:44 AM on May 02, 2005

I'm really curious about this experience. Did you have to sign a contract promising you wouldn't disclose the results of the show? Do mascots really prowl the offices? Did any of the ESPN personalities you met get a little grabby with their hands?

posted by rcade at 10:26 AM on May 02, 2005

I'll bet he was told that he couldn't even look at the ESPN personalities, ala the Rolling Stones. "If you happen to meet Dan Patrick in a hallway, do the 'duck and cover' as you are not fit to look at him."

posted by NoMich at 10:32 AM on May 02, 2005

That's cool! We need Spofi pins or t-shirts or something for situations like this.

posted by chicobangs at 10:46 AM on May 02, 2005

We need Spofi pins and t-shirts for a plethora of situations. Job interviews, for example.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:14 AM on May 02, 2005

l_b_b, are you suggesting that we form a secret society? I'm in. The Revolutionary Order of Societarian SpoFites.

posted by NoMich at 12:50 PM on May 02, 2005

NoMich, if you're gonna be a charter member of the Revolutionary Order of Societarian SpoFites, you have to have something to bring to the table. Write a secret song, invent a secret handshake, come up with a secret code phrase, design a secret t-shirt and get the idea. Then you'll be assigned your secret ROSS number, your secret ROSS name, and your impressive-sounding ROSS title, something like Director of Social Life and Manners. I hereby invent a cryptic code phrase by which ROSSicrucians shall know each other: "That's what you say!"

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:10 PM on May 02, 2005

it has to be ROSStafarians...

posted by smithers at 02:35 PM on May 02, 2005

I grow weary of this website - far too many celebrities. Way to go Dales. Hope it was fun.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:43 PM on May 02, 2005

design a secret t-shirt and pin A secret t-shirt? Wouldn't that just be a plain white undershirt or something? I propose plain shirts with a big NOT A SPORT on the front. Green shirt, white print. Or, FUCK YOU, RAY LEWIS.

posted by LionIndex at 04:22 PM on May 02, 2005

I propose plain shirts with a big NOT A SPORT on the front. Green shirt, white print. Actually, it should have two things on it: Front side: SPORT and a picture of a baseball/basketball/etc. Back side: NOT A SPORT and a picture of a joystick, curling stone or whatever you want to piss on.

posted by grum@work at 04:54 PM on May 02, 2005

way to go jim. i don't think you embarrassed yourself at all.

posted by goddam at 07:01 PM on May 02, 2005

If the shirt says "Fuck You Ray Lewis", I am prepared to pay the sum of $1,000,000 to join.

posted by vito90 at 07:10 PM on May 02, 2005

Pretty impressive.

posted by yerfatma at 08:52 PM on May 02, 2005

Thank you for all the kind remarks. It was alot of fun. rcade--We did sign and initial an 18-page document which contained a paragraph concerning confidentiality, along with statements saying the producers say was final and the like. As one of my friends said though, for $1 million, they will investigate to see if you violated any such agreement, for $5000 it would probably cost them more than the prize to hire an investigator and prove their case. The show was filmed at a television studio in New York, so the only ESPN personalities I encountered were Stuart Scott and the Schwab. Stewart Scott was very nice and personable, he came over and introduced himself to the contestants before every show. For legal reasons, we couldn't communicate with the Schwab because we were in competition with him, but he was very nice after the competition ended.

posted by dales15 at 10:29 PM on May 02, 2005

Good job Jim...I love watching that smug bastard get thrashed. Plus, you made me jump up in front of my television screaming "SAKU KOIVU!!!!" ...which was fun... =D

posted by MeatSaber at 07:29 AM on May 03, 2005

Sadly, I was unable to watch it. Could someone give a quick synopsis of what happened? Thanks.

posted by grum@work at 07:33 AM on May 03, 2005

video link? I am humbled by the company I keep here. I don't know dick about sports.

posted by garfield at 09:01 AM on May 03, 2005

jump up in front of my television screaming "SAKU KOIVU!!!!" I was amazed the only questions I got were the hockey ones. Guess the question writers are a little US-centric.

posted by yerfatma at 11:41 AM on May 03, 2005

Just got done watching that, Jim. Hell of a performance! Brilliant use of the pass-back technique. I went back with TiVo, and you can see the look of desperation on The Schwab's evil visage. It was weird when Stuart Scott goofed on you about work. Did they ask questions beforehand on the subject? I didn't record the first couple minutes.

posted by rcade at 09:42 PM on May 03, 2005

Can you post the video, rcade?

posted by dusted at 12:34 PM on May 04, 2005

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