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.
Rachna thinks the Knicks were a little too lucky. When David Stern, a NYC native, was appointed NBA Commissioner in 1984, he was determined to put basketball on the map. And his first move was to replace the traditional draft with a flashy lottery. But when all-star Patrick Ewing ends up getting chosen for the Knicks, it becomes hard to believe that Stern would leave the lottery to chance. Allegedly.
Rachna smells a rat in Rio. After a triumphant few laps around the Olympic pool in Brazil, Ryan Lochte was America’s golden boy. Medals, sponsorships, the whole shebang. But when a harrowing robbery is revealed to be a drunken lie, the golden boy starts seeming a little less shiny.
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.