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(Wifey.tv)   Want to watch an afro'd Michael Jackson swim competitively? What if I told you that Phyllis Diller would be there too? How about Rod Stewart competing in the hurdles? It's a train wreck. It's a festival. It's the Rock 'n' Roll Sports Classic, 1978   (wifey.tv ) divider line
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2014-09-01 09:43:22 AM  
LOLWUT
 
2014-09-01 10:10:17 AM  
gah! kenny loggins in a speedo! talk about "danger zone!"
 
2014-09-01 11:07:52 AM  
I remember these from my childhood - there were tons of these "competition" and variety shows.  Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite, but it was the athletic competitions that really were a WTF moment.  Incidentally, that was how I learned that California has a city called Pepperdine.  And that there's a University of California branch there.  Lots of them were held there.

Even as a kid, I thought of it as a weirdo stunt.  But they were all over the damn TV.
 
2014-09-01 11:09:05 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite


that and "battle of the network stars." usually it meant various charlie's angels cast members running around braless. so for a 12 year old, it was required viewing.
 
2014-09-01 11:12:40 AM  

FlashHarry: Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite

that and "battle of the network stars." usually it meant various charlie's angels cast members running around braless. so for a 12 year old, it was required viewing.


Also the cast of Fame.  And some ultra-high grown-up child star coming in last on everything.
 
2014-09-01 12:00:22 PM  
Good times with Lynda carter

NSFW
 
2014-09-01 12:07:16 PM  

69gnarkill69: Good times with Lynda carter

NSFW


oh my stars and garters

reminds me of this great pic of susan sarandon in a wet one-piece. (NSFW)

too bad ladies' suits all have pads these days. back when i was a kid, nipples meant something! harrumph!
 
2014-09-01 12:25:57 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite


For some reason I'm remembering Bruce Dern on the trapeze.
 
2014-09-01 12:30:20 PM  

TomD9938: Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite

For some reason I'm remembering Bruce Dern on the trapeze.


My enduring image is of Ricky Nelson, drunk and/or stoned out of his mind, looking like he was going to collapse while breathing fire.
 
2014-09-01 12:32:02 PM  
Wow, love those old Quantel effects. And was it just me, or did all the younger announcers look like they were coked out of their minds?
 
2014-09-01 12:40:09 PM  
Seals & Crofts?  ELO?

There's Leif Garrett, the Justin Beiber of 1978.  And whatever happened to Susan Anton?  She doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.
 
2014-09-01 12:43:24 PM  
Why is this in the Entertainment tab?
 
2014-09-01 12:44:32 PM  

ParadisePornoTheater: Seals & Crofts?  ELO?

There's Leif Garrett, the Justin Beiber of 1978.  And whatever happened to Susan Anton?  She doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.


Apparently someone set it up in the last 3 minutes.
 
2014-09-01 12:45:25 PM  
 
2014-09-01 12:46:46 PM  
Shakes tiny fist at puckrock2000.
 
2014-09-01 01:00:24 PM  

theorellior: Wow, love those old Quantel effects. And was it just me, or did all the younger announcers look like they were coked out of their minds?


How else you expect these guys to sit through such drivel anyway?
 
2014-09-01 01:26:07 PM  
Robert Conrad as the tough guy competitor in battle of the network stars.

toponeraegunbuster.com
 
2014-09-01 01:35:01 PM  
Seeing "Wifey.tv" in the URL made me expect something different.
 
2014-09-01 02:08:48 PM  
Good times with Lynda carter


omg
 
2014-09-01 02:44:25 PM  
I needed 2 Quaaludes to get through that. Holy shiat.
 
2014-09-01 03:01:25 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Robert Conrad as the tough guy competitor in battle of the network stars.

[toponeraegunbuster.com image 450x304]


Ha! I remember the episode where he went full ballistic douchebag.
 
2014-09-01 03:05:29 PM  

lohphat: Red Shirt Blues: Robert Conrad as the tough guy competitor in battle of the network stars.

[toponeraegunbuster.com image 450x304]

Ha! I remember the episode where he went full ballistic douchebag.


I remember the one with the dunk tank, and Leif Garrett was sitting in the tank taunting him, trying to balance a battery on his bony shoulder.  "Hey, CONRAD!  Knock it iff!"

Conrad couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, much less the dunk tank target.  It was hilarious.
 
2014-09-01 03:14:00 PM  

TomD9938: Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite

For some reason I'm remembering Bruce Dern on the trapeze.


I hate you.
 
2014-09-01 03:16:04 PM  

ZMugg: Seeing "Wifey.tv" in the URL made me expect something different.


Scruffy second.jpg
 
2014-09-01 03:26:33 PM  
I wanted to have Kristy McNichol's babies.
I still kind of do, even though I know she's batting for the other team.  NTTAWWT at all!

Rod Stewart was very athletic back in the day.  He was a soccer nut.  Played all the time
 
2014-09-01 03:42:18 PM  
ParadisePornoTheater: Susan Anton

i nearly tripped over her medical files while putting my urine sample in the little door @ my  doctor's 20-odd years ago, it bummed me out because I realized then "Golden Girl" was the fiction it was...
 
2014-09-01 03:50:11 PM  
Is there anything greater than B.O.T.N.S. CBS Team "Captain" Telly Savalas puffing away on a ciggie while lodging his complaint "in the tradition of his ancestors who started the Olympics" to Howard Cosell & a pre-surgery Bruce Jenner? Bob Conrad gesturing to Kojak & the "Jewish" Gabe Kaplan: "I'm German & I want to kill both of them"    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqWU9huMMco
 
2014-09-01 04:00:59 PM  
Which one of those cheerleaders is Debbie?
I was a huge fan
 
2014-09-01 04:30:55 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: FlashHarry: Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite

that and "battle of the network stars." usually it meant various charlie's angels cast members running around braless. so for a 12 year old, it was required viewing.

Also the cast of Fame.  And some ultra-high grown-up child star coming in last on everything.


Most of these "stars" had it written into their contracts that they had to appear in certain network "promotional" efforts, that included these cheese-fests.

Dunno why Rod Stewart showed up.
 
2014-09-01 04:33:47 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: lohphat: Red Shirt Blues: Robert Conrad as the tough guy competitor in battle of the network stars.

[toponeraegunbuster.com image 450x304]

Ha! I remember the episode where he went full ballistic douchebag.

I remember the one with the dunk tank, and Leif Garrett was sitting in the tank taunting him, trying to balance a battery on his bony shoulder.  "Hey, CONRAD!  Knock it iff!"

Conrad couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, much less the dunk tank target.  It was hilarious.


Citation, please.

Conrad was universally despised, I guess.

This one.  Not the fat one.
 
2014-09-01 04:49:52 PM  

MooseBayou: Benevolent Misanthrope: lohphat: Red Shirt Blues: Robert Conrad as the tough guy competitor in battle of the network stars.

[toponeraegunbuster.com image 450x304]

Ha! I remember the episode where he went full ballistic douchebag.

I remember the one with the dunk tank, and Leif Garrett was sitting in the tank taunting him, trying to balance a battery on his bony shoulder.  "Hey, CONRAD!  Knock it iff!"

Conrad couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, much less the dunk tank target.  It was hilarious.

Citation, please.

Conrad was universally despised, I guess.

This one.  Not the fat one.


I can't find it, but it is burned into my memory.  Honestly.  It was great.
 
2014-09-01 05:19:19 PM  

MooseBayou: Benevolent Misanthrope: FlashHarry: Benevolent Misanthrope: Circus of the Stars was a perennial favourite

that and "battle of the network stars." usually it meant various charlie's angels cast members running around braless. so for a 12 year old, it was required viewing.

Also the cast of Fame.  And some ultra-high grown-up child star coming in last on everything.

Most of these "stars" had it written into their contracts that they had to appear in certain network "promotional" efforts, that included these cheese-fests.

Dunno why Rod Stewart showed up.


I had a very hot girlfriend from Bolivia, back in 2004 or so, and she was always listening to Rod Stewart, and I decided as a surprise to take her see him in Jacksonville.  Most south americans love 70s and 80s rock still, as I remember in 1990 a girl in Colombia dedicated "hello" by lionel richie to me in a nightclub of 500 people, and called me out on the dance floor.  I had to look serious while we danced...

Anywho, we get to the rod stewart concert and I at 34 and her at 26 were obviously the youngest people there.  But I got to say, one hell of a show, and he is hot ass daughter came out and sang Pat Benatar tunes.
 
2014-09-01 05:22:59 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: ZMugg: Seeing "Wifey.tv" in the URL made me expect something different.

Scruffy second.jpg


I thought she'd just diversified.
 
2014-09-01 05:26:44 PM  

puckrock2000: ParadisePornoTheater: Seals & Crofts?  ELO?

There's Leif Garrett, the Justin Beiber of 1978.  And whatever happened to Susan Anton?  She doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.

Apparently someone set it up in the last 3 minutes.


Wow, now there's a blast from the past. I remember really digging "Cliffhangers" as a kid.

i.ytimg.com
 
2014-09-01 05:32:11 PM  
ZOMG that is awesome. You have to love people who risk looking like a fool.

I don't watch Dancing with the Stars but I respect anyone who will give it a try.

Imagine Kanye and Kim in this. They'd a contract clause guaranteeing they win every event.

/ Seeing Michael Jackson when he was living a somewhat normal life always makes me kinda sad
// The Runaways kicked ass in the 100 yard dash. What did you expect!
 
2014-09-01 06:11:15 PM  
It's amazing how many truly big name artists/bands were involved in this.
 
2014-09-01 06:23:50 PM  
Whoa, Rod Stewart in the hurdles. I'm surprised they included that. It isn't easy.
 
2014-09-01 06:30:11 PM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: It's amazing how many truly big name artists/bands were involved in this.


i'd say. rod stewart, ELO and boston were at the height of their popularity in 1978. i wonder why they did it.
 
2014-09-01 06:44:14 PM  

FlashHarry: Some Bass Playing Guy: It's amazing how many truly big name artists/bands were involved in this.

i'd say. rod stewart, ELO and boston were at the height of their popularity in 1978. i wonder why they did it.


It looked fun?
 
2014-09-01 06:51:33 PM  
Thanks, Puckrock & Brovinny ...

FlyingJ: CSB or "you owe me a new keyboard"?
 
2014-09-01 06:58:00 PM  
More proof that MJ was a white girl born in a black man's body?
 
2014-09-01 07:17:09 PM  
This was really the first round of reality TV. I remember Battle of the Network Stars running into the later 1980s, but it was always unwatchable, largely because I had no idea who any of the contestants were.
 
2014-09-01 07:24:36 PM  
Dwight_Yeast: This was really the first round of reality TV. I remember Battle of the Network Stars running into the later 1980s, but it was always unwatchable, largely because I had no idea who any of the contestants were.

You can only wonder how the Reality Stars would aid/upset the team's stats  Would the WB/UPN field a half-team? Would 24-Hour Newschannels be invited?  Basic cable outfits?

ParadisePornoTheater: RE: CSB monitor repair

The rule of thumb is, if the 70's female TV leads never married a producer, they're realtors...
 
2014-09-01 08:02:09 PM  
isleofran.com

and I believe the Battle of the Network Stars should be fought with guns.
 
2014-09-01 09:34:00 PM  
What always got me, besides the obvious boobage as a pre-teen/young teen, about Battle Of The Network Stars was how freaking serious Howard Cosell was.  He called that shiat like it was Ali-Frazier IV.
 
2014-09-01 09:36:36 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: lohphat: Red Shirt Blues: Robert Conrad as the tough guy competitor in battle of the network stars.

[toponeraegunbuster.com image 450x304]

Ha! I remember the episode where he went full ballistic douchebag.

I remember the one with the dunk tank, and Leif Garrett was sitting in the tank taunting him, trying to balance a battery on his bony shoulder.  "Hey, CONRAD!  Knock it iff!"

Conrad couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, much less the dunk tank target.  It was hilarious.


I remember the one where the MC (whoever it was) called Lou Ferrigno over to Conrad, put a battery on Conrad's shoulder, and told Lou to go ahead and knock it off.
He did. Conrad, well, winced and took it just like all of us would.
 
2014-09-01 09:47:00 PM  
Anyone remember The Superstars? Kind of like this but with athletes.
A buddy of mine got to go when we were in like the 5th grade and got OJ's autograph. He asked what OJ stood for.
That struck me as a rather ballsy thing to do at the time.
Now of course, I know he was lucky to
survive.
 
2014-09-01 10:14:52 PM  

dstrick44: OJ stood for


I was looking at old Circus of the  Stars clips after seeing this link.  One I came across of had OJ in it, too.
 
2014-09-01 10:45:22 PM  

peachy92: dstrick44: OJ stood for

I was looking at old Circus of the  Stars clips after seeing this link.  One I came across of had OJ in it, too.


OJ was everywhere in those days. He wanted to be Jim Brown something fierce.
 
2014-09-01 11:20:58 PM  
I actually just watched a very young Charlene Tilton in a dunk tank.  Like, twenty minutes ago.

It was glorious.
 
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