On ESPN SportsCenter, Keith Olbermann reports that pop band Hootie & the Blowfish have begun their own NBA franchise. Dan Patrick welcomes the audience and introduces himself. Olbermann says “the world of sports have taken quite a down swing in the past couple days.” Patrick adds “you can’t stop Hootie but can only hope to contain them. Dare I say, they are everything but en fuego.” He comments that “these Blowfish stink.”
At the gym, Darius, Mark, Dean and Jim introduce themselves to the individual professional NBA players.
In a split screen of three squares, the band heads to the golf course.
They play in a garage.
In a second split screen, the basketball court and Darius on the top. While Mark, on the bottom left, looks up at him. The basketball court is beside him. In a third split screen, Fred Marino tosses the football to Darius as they walk to the field.
Marino throws him the ball and Darius fumbles it. Marino puts his head in his hands. At the gym, Muggsy Bogues dunks the ball. Alex English pushes Dean aside. Alonzo Mourning blocks the ball at the net and gives it back to Dean.
The band’s caddy drops the golf clubs on the grass as Couples plays. Jim throws the golf ball towards the hole. Mark misses the holes several times.
On ESPN SportsCenter, Mike Trico express surprise at the Hootie & the Blowfish-Couples pairing, stating it’s a “shocking final threesome.” Charley Steiner deadpans “great shot. Makes you want to hold your hand.”
In the garage, Couples stands up on the pool table and hits the golf ball. He talks with the band.
Marino throws Darius the football several times. Chris Berman states “Dan Marino passing to Hootie & the Blowfish. It’s a fumble! They. Do. Not. Go. All. The. Way.”
Hootie & the Blowfish’s much maligned foray into sports dominated the blooper reels for sportscasters. The sports columnists wrote they taking advantage of their newfound celebrity. They had no idea of what they were doing and should not be involved in the game in any way. Some columnists stood up for them, saying they were fantastic managers and an asset to the leagues.
With their connections to the sports world, they were able to fundraise for multiple charities. Many terminally ill children were able to meet their favorite sports star. The jokes stopped. However, the franchises never took off. The band realized their teams were playing to empty stadiums. Some investors told them to give it some time. The band told them they didn’t want to risk it and told them they were going to try to sell it for as much as they could.
A well-known sports owner bought their franchises and said they can continue with the charities, if they choose. The band agrees. They watch in the stadiums and on the field as their franchises edge towards a championship. During an awards ceremony for the national championship years later, the sports owner gives credit to the band for the idea. He says everything was against them and they created something for the city.
Director: N/A Year: 1995