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I'm usually not a fan of reality shows. Unlike Mr. TNTTNT and LSU76 who not only religiously follow the Kardashian's and Paris Hilton but secretly long to be a cast member.
Anyway, I happened to catch the final night of the MLB network reality show "America' next knuckler (knuckle ball pitcher). The premise was retired athletes (Doug Flutie, former Georgia QB David Greene and Josh Booty) would learn the knuckleball from Charlie Hough and Tim Wakefield, with the winner of the contest getting an invite to the Arizona Diamondbacks camp. Well, Josh Booty won!
I actually had a conversation with Gerry Hamilton yesterday on who the biggest recruit to come out of Louisiana was in recent memory to compare to Leonard Fournette's status and Josh Booty was someone I mentioned. Talking strictly on accolades in high school and the amount of recruiting attention.
The others that came to mind were Kevin Faulk, Joe McKnight, Brock Berlin and Peyton Manning.
How did Perrilloux behave on the show?
"In the SEC,you're a glorified run support guy.In the Big 12, you're a cover guy."-Bobby Burton asking why DBs go SEC
He was throwing at 1:30 in the morning against a wall trying to get his technique down. The kid seems to have matured immensely since he left LSU. They had them doing much more than just throwing knucklers and he's a pretty amazing natural athlete...stroking balls out of a major league park.
This post was edited by CDCNAM 14 months ago
The premise of the show was funny to me because of course you would expect Booty to win considering he was a Top 5 pick in the MLB Draft and the others didn't have much baseball experience other than high school.
I'd say McKnight. He was supposed to be the next Reggie Bush much like Fournette = AP.
I remember the excitement around Booty but it was somewhat tempered by the looming baseball decision and Manning being in the same class (sharing expectations).
With Berlin maybe it was just me, but I was always concerned about his height which tempered my expectations.
Recall Faulk to a degree, but for me at least that was before recruiting became the real phenomenon it's become?
This is what I thought was funny when someone told me about all the guys.
I want to watch it now. I'll have to record the episodes when I see them come back across.
Guess I will have to clear some of the Kardashians and Lord Dissick off my DVR..
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
If you watched the show, Flutie actually had the best knuckle ball...by far. He lost a "challenge" early on that knocked him out. Perrilloux really did show his natural athleticism....what a waste. Seemed to be liked by the other participants though.
"Success is uncommon, therefore success is not to be enjoyed by the common man"- Tony Dungy
RP was a great HS baseball player. He could hit. We were playing against ESJ and I was catching. The umpire called a strike on a pitch off the plate. He turns his head towards the umpire and said that's not a f'n strike. I think it was even more amazing that the umpire stood there and took it. I kept setting in that spot to see what he would do if another strike was called. He ended up going like 3-4.
This post was edited by cpt2813 14 months ago
A bit OT, but this got me wondering how Chad Jones is doing on his football comeback -- did I miss any scuttlebutt from his Saints tryout? -- and when/if he's going to realize that his future is in baseball?
From what I remember Josh Booty was a much bigger fish than Peyton Manning coming out of HS..
RP was telling people off at an early age..
When he said that he bled purple and gold at his commitment presser, I gotta a little chubby.
6 years later, I was begging Nick to sit him on the bench and put a lightly recruited, overweight Jamaican kid from South Florida in the game...gotta love recruiting
I would love to get my hands on some film from back when Booty was at Evangel and how that offense was light years ahead of its time. Same with when Brock Berlin was standing 9 yards behind center
Rohan was one of the top five QB's in 97. I remember seeing this in Phil Steele mag (#PS numbers) for the 2000 or 01 mag. It also says in his Bio No. 6 overall in Superprep National 50 and No. 3 overall in Superprep Florida 88.
Booty was the top player in America and Bill Walsh, then the coach at Stanford, said Josh was the best QB he'd seen at that age. Peyton was the 2nd QB signed by TN along with Brandon Stewart from Texas.
I only caught ten minutes when they pulled Periloux and Booty on a room to announce who was eliminated. The judges stated ow far Periloux had come and that he should try to make a run at MLB as an OF'er.
I'd like some opinions on this: If Josh Booty actually enrolled at LSU initially what changes about the Tigers in the 1990's? Does he totally rewrite history or was Hallman doomed regardless?
I remember the same...
McNight was considered 'once in a decade' player as I remember ...
When Helton went down against UCLA it was Stewart, also a true FR, that was next up. We all know how that story ends.
This post was edited by star69 14 months ago
I thought baseball really did a number on Booty in terms of rust. For him to be out of football as long as he was and to come back and have a pretty decent junior season where he was All-SEC I think he had all of the tools to be a great one.
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