What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
You have to go deep in your Twin Cities television archives to pull up Wally Hotvedt. If you can do it, you know Wally was one of the hosts of “Let’s Bowl,” which was a bowling-based pseudo-game show turned full-on parody of crap television. For those of you familiar with the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, you know “Let’s Bowl” was a staple at the iconic Bryant-Lake Bowl.
If you’re not, you’re still wondering who the fuck is Wally Hotvedt. We’ll come back to that in a minute.
The point here is that Wally really needs work, and that’s why we are happy to have him sponsor this year’s Dubsism College Football Bowl Pick ‘Em Challenge. By those who know down at the bus station, “Let’s Bowl” was often described as a cross between Bowling for Dollars and one of those recurring “Saturday Night Live” skits. Replace Kristen Wiig’s red Target vest with the powder blue blazers worn by 1970’s sportscasters, nattily accessorized by those clownishly-huge headphone/microphone combinations, and you get the idea. “Let’s Bowl” was a staple on Twin Cities public access television for years until it graduated to a brief run on Comedy Central in the early 2000’s. By then, it had moved to the Stardust Lanes in south Minneapolis, which is a great place to get shot…or worse.
Wally tried to tell us the show actually ran in syndication in some other cities, which we doubt. Besides, even if it did, how sad is it when your claim to fame is “we ran against “Thigh-master” infomercials in Reno, Nevada and we killed!” Either way, it’s pretty easy to tell from that clips the “Let’s Bowl” crew are J-Dub’s kind of guys.
So, in order to get this to the college football version of bowling, here’s the deal. You follow this link, use the pool ID 116938 and password letsbowl , pick your college bowl game winners, and if you can out-pick J-Dub, we’ll see if we can’t get Wally to pry off his ankle bracelet for a few hours and give you a limo tour of south Minneapolis. The actual date of this tour may depend on his reunion tour of A Flock of Seagulls with San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula.
You might want to bring your own Chicken in a Biscuits, and if you have an extra power cord for a Casio keyboard circa 1981, that would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. For our next arcane Minneapolis television reference, we’ll try to go all “Sports Friday with Stretch and Z” on your asses.