Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Chuck Wepner Sports Trivia Hour

Chuck Wepner: Hello ladies and gentlemen. I'm your host Chuck Wepner. Let's get the show started. Alright. First question. Buzz in when you know the answer. Who is the only man to knock down Muhammad Ali while he was champ?
Player #3: Joe Frazier
Chuck Wepner: No.
Player #2: Chuck Wepner
Chuck Wepner: Correct. Next question. Which professional athlete was known as the Bayonne Bleeder?
Player #2: Chuck Wepner
Chuck Wepner: Right again. Whose heroic performance against Ali became the inspiration for the movie Rocky?
Player: #3: Chuck Wepner
Chuck Wepner: Yes. During a fight against Sonny Liston, with blood pouring down his face, who was asked by a referee, "How many fingers am I holding up?" and then replied, "How many guesses do I get?"
Player #1: Um, Chuck Wepner?
Chuck Wepner: Correct. Which boxer with the initials C.W. ended his professional career with a 35-14-2 record?
Player #3: Chuck Wepner
Chuck Wepner: Right. Now look at the screen. Some of the letters in this athlete's name are missing. Name this athlete. "C_uc_ We_n_r"
Player #1: Chuck Wepner...


A look back at this groundbreaking television series: The Chuck Wepner Sports Trivia Hour never made it past the first show. In theory, it was a great idea. Hire an obscure athlete to host a sports trivia show and have him be the answer to every question. Chuck Wepner seemed like the perfect candidate. What could go wrong? But in practice, it was a disaster. The Chuck Wepner Sports Trivia Hour lasted for all of 15 minutes. Chuck Wepner would never host another sports trivia show on television again.

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