Monday, July 18, 2011

Best of the Guest Generals: OMG Mike

OMG Mike is a former cast member of the "Paul and Young Ron Show", a morning radio program broadcast on WZZR-FM in the West Palm Beach radio market, Sun 103.1 in Key Largo and Sun 99.5 in Key West.

OMG was well known for doing many stunts on the show at the instructions of host Paul Castronovo and "Young" Ron Brewe. These included being put in front of big puddles on roads with heavy traffic, auditioning for American Idol, and being gunned down in a paintball gauntlet.

But it was in 2008, at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale that OMG got the call for his next stunt. To play with the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters.

OMG did NOT have an impressive showing as a player, but he tried hard. The reason he is in this entry, much like many Guest Generals who didn't play a spectacular basketball game, is his video.

With a few exceptions (such as The Butler Bulldogs, Michaela Johnson, and Necholas Stokes) most Guest Generals have little to no basketball experience and often are not in peak physical shape to boot.

Pretty much all the guest Generals have fun with the irony, that in reality the last thing any team trying to break a losing streak would do is recruit one of them.

But the difference between OMG and most Guest Generals, is most of his peers will use this to make jokes about seemingly being oblivious to how bad they are. OMG chose a different route of self depreciating humor and pretty much acknowledged the fact his short stature was not going to do the Generals any good in the game.

His video also gave ample camera time to coach Reggie Harrison and then team captain Shawn Faust. The Washington Generals get very little moments to shine, and even a lot of Guest Generals spend most of their time in covering their stint as a Guest General by focusing on the Trotters.

That is understandable, they are the featured act after all. But I got a soft spot for any guest General who is willing to use their time to give Generals players their 15 minutes.

Plus, we now know the luxurious dressing rooms the Guest Generals are provided. It pays to be famous.

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