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terrell-owens-to-show-vh1.JPG"The T.O. Show" made its debut on VH1 last night, and the reviews are decidedly mixed. In the absence of any semblance of a real storyline (which I've heard involves conflict), the show's producers have decided there are two warring factions within this one man -- T.O., the self-styled "the most dominating force in football" and Terrell, "the nicest guy you'll ever meet."

In short, Terrell Owens contains multitudes.

If you missed it, you can catch the first full episode here.

But this particular flavor of celebrity train wreck got us thinking here at Sports Pros(e) -- which Chicago athletes would make good subjects for a reality show about their life?

Immediately the name Joakim Noah comes to mind, if only based on his well-publicized post-season trip to St. Barts -- photographic evidence of which is NSFW.

Throw a camera on the always-outspoken White Sox A.J. Pierzynski or Mark Buehrle, and chances are you'll be able to cull together some compelling TV.

It was recently revealed that underachieving Cub Milton Bradley was nicknamed T.O. in the Texas Rangers clubhouse. Perhaps we could explore the two warring factions of Milton?

In Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks have a couple of Teen Choice Award locks. Although something tells me a reality show with these two would be a bit too PG.

For the Bears? Devin Hester managed to entertain us enough in a one-minute commercial that barely showed his face -- sign him up.

There are also some dark-horse candidates who play in our fair city that could make for some entertaining television. Octavio Dotel is one of the loudest and funniest people in the White Sox clubhouse. Also, Carlos Zambrano talks about himself in the third person, which always translates well on television.

What do you think, Chicago sports fans? Which of your vaunted athletes would you watch on a reality TV show?

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Kendra Wilkinson, who entered America's celebrity consciousness as one of three Hugh Hefner girlfriends on the reality show "The Girls Next Door," is pregnant, according to a bevy of tongue-wagging internet sources. And here's where the sports connection comes in -- the father is her fiancee, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett.

This from Eonline.com (where Kyle and I get the bulk of our sporty news):

"Hank and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child together. We are touched by the outpouring of support by our family, friends and fans."

Wilkinson is starring in a reality show about her comings and goings, aptly titled "Kendra." Baskett, a sometime target of quarterback Donovan McNabb, snared 33 receptions in 2008 for 440 yards and 3 touchdowns. The couple is planning a June 27 wedding in California at the mansion of her ex-boyfriend, Hugh Hefner.
Dennis Rodman, who used to be a pretty good rebounder in the NBA, apparently wants to get clean. At least that's what one would assume since the former championship-era Bull is among the newest cast of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." Those who are more pessimistic will probably assume it's Rodman's way of keeping his cartoonish mug on our televisions any way he can.

From the VH1 blog:


Former Los Angeles Clippers (and Sparty!) center Paul Davis is featured in a recent episode of Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker."

In the episode "Paul and Kimi," Paul takes Kimi to an "upscale" bowling alley (isn't that an oxymoron?).

It gets interesting when Davis ups the ante with some friendly bets over who can bowl a strike. Davis' bowling prowess apparently nets him the following:
During the time it takes Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum to hurl a baseball 60' 6", said implement can reach speeds of nearly 100 mph. Not-so-giant American Idol runner-up David Archuleta can make a pop diva weep with his rendition of "Imagine."

On the surface, it would seem these guys don't share much in common other than youthful visages that belie their ages. But if you dig a bit, you'll find that the most important thing they share is the very reason we know who these boy-men are: Underachieving fathers with penchants for vicarious living. Lincecum is currently the subject of Sports Illustrated's cover story. It details the unlikely rise to (sorta) dominance of this pitcher that most scouts wrote off as undersized and mechanically unsound. 

So, how did he do it? What shaped this unlikely rise?

Apparently, there's a method to Lincecum's mechanical madness. At one point in the article, the reader learns: "In the stands Chris (Tim's dad) would sit behind home plate and flash signals to Tim, who knew exactly what to correct. If, for instance, Chris slapped his thighs, Tim knew to "sit down on my legs" through his delivery, to use the lower half of his body more." We also learn in the article that Tim's dad could throw a pitch 88 mph at age 52. Those, friends, are the statistics of a sad, sad man.

The stage-parent antics of David Archuleta's father, on the other hand, were well documented, labeling him as "creepy and overbearing." Those are good qualities for guy to possess, right? This leads me to wonder what it would be like to be really really really good at one specialized skill -- like pitching or singing. And what feelings of ineptitude and failure my father would have had to feel to force me to be really really really good at that one thing.

But it turns out my father is an amazing, accomplished musician in his own right. Sure, he taught me a thing or two on guitar, but I'm no Clapton. I know the rice and beans when it comes to a fret board and I'm OK with that. He's OK with that.

But I'll never hurl a baseball at speeds of 100 mph and I'll never be an American Idol runner up. And I'm not entirely OK with that.

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