Episode 24: He Was Always Up for Extra Innings

Episode 24: He Was Always Up for Extra Innings

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This was a fun one to do because I got to dive into American Gladiators, a show I watched regularly for years on Saturday afternoons.

It wasn't just me, either. My friends watched it, we played the video games (none of which were as good as the show) and joked about the various challenges at summer camps or around our backyards. Now that Double Dare is back and all new on Nickelodeon, maybe that American Gladiators revival that Johnny Ferraro is trying to get going will actually happen.

By the way, I didn't get to include this, but the one doctor that helps Dorothy in "Sick and Tired," besides Harry Weston, is Dr. Chang, a virologist that finally tells her she may have chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. Chang was played by super prolific character actor Keone Young, who has a credits list two miles long. He appeared again on the Golden Girls in Season Seven’s "Rose: Portrait of a Woman" and, most awesomely, provided the voice of Cobra’s ninja master Storm Shadow on the original G.I. Joe cartoon in 1985.

Two of my favorites worlds colliding. I'm not sure how I can go on knowing this now.


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Patriotic spandex and giant Q-tips: An oral history of American Gladiators, Sports Illustrated, by Andrew Lawrence, July 6, 2016

Where Are They Now? The Original 6 American Gladiators, Mental Floss.com, by Scott Allen, March 9, 2018

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American Gladiators (2008 TV series) Wikipedia entry

American Gladiators gave misfit athletes a second chance to be champions, the AV Club, by Noel Murray, June 25, 2015

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Angola prison rodeo offers risks and rewards for Louisiana's hard-knock lifers, The Guardian, by Aviva Shen, October 29, 2016

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