Late Night’s Ultimate Sports Fan

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Letterman

If there is something about David Letterman, it was that he was a true sports fan. Baseball, golf, basketball, football, and hockey. Not only did he have everyone from the sports world appearing on his show but he also convinces them to participate in his silly stunts whether it is throwing footballs through the window of a moving taxi or throwing baseballs at television camera.

Letterman was not just a spectator watching from the sideline, he dove right in. He along with good friend, race car driver Bobby Rahal, owned and operated an Indy racecar team that fielded some very good drivers.

My dad and I once took a road trip to New York City in 1993. It was after the US Thanksgiving Holiday and a little over a month after the Blue Jays won their second consecutive World Series. While in town, I thought it would be great to see a taping of Late Show at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. I discovered it was a long process but my dad and I eventually got in and saw a great show with comedian Robin Williams, Charlotte Hornets forward Larry Johnson, and actor/singer Mandy Patinkin.

In honour of Letterman’s final episode as a late night host. Here are a couple of my favourite episodes. Sports-related of course! Thanks for making us laugh, Dave.

Top-10 List featuring the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers. Check out current Sportsnet analysts Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy.

This one from 1993 has Toronto Blue Jays’ Paul Molitor and Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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