Fox Sports host and comic Rachel Bonnetta (“Lock It In”, “@Buzzer”) and comedy writer Rachna Fruchbom (“Fresh Off the Boat”, “Parks and Recreation”) aren’t your garden variety sports fans. Sure, they obsessively root for Cleveland (the Browns and the Cavaliers), but they get even more excited by those crazy moments in sports that become almost legendary. We all know the sensationalistic scandals about cheating, gambling and sex, but Rachel and Rachna want to discover the humanity behind the headlines.
That’s why they started Hall of Shame — every week Rachel and Rachna will take each other through some of the biggest scandals in sports, from the thrill of Dock Ellis’ no-hitter to the agony of Rosie Ruiz’s marathon lies. With humor and a healthy dose of perspective, they get to the bottom of what exactly went down, why these stories matter, and how they’re still relevant today. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel more invested in sports than you ever thought possible. New episodes drop every Monday.
Rachel takes Rachna on a trip to the 70s. Doc Ellis loved baseball but baseball didn’t always love him back -- especially when he spoke out about racism. Depending on drugs and alcohol to cope with the undue pressures on black athletes, he hit his career high while...high. This is a story about a fall from grace and the path to redemption.
Rachna reminds Rachel what happens to women who dare to win. In 2009, South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya burst onto the international scene, with a gold medal and an astonishing time at the World Championships in Berlin. But what should have been a moment of victory turned into one of humiliation when the powers that be question if she should be allowed to run the race at all.
Rachel tells a sordid tale of sweat, lies, and public transportation. Rosie Ruiz bolted out of obscurity and into infamy after being the first woman to cross the finish line at the 1980 Boston Marathon, beating her own best time by 25 minutes. How’d she do it? We’ll tell you, if you promise not to skip to the end.
In our inaugural episode, Rachna tells an icy tale of Olympic deception. When the Russians beat the favored Canadians in the Pairs Figure Skating competition at the 2002 Olympics, one of the judge’s judgment seems less than judicious. Will there be justice? Pour yourself a glass of chardonnay, cuddle up with your favorite mobster, and take a listen.