Wednesday, May 9, 2012 00:24
The gearhead’s guilty pleasure, "World's Wildest Police Videos,” is back. It made its high-speed return to TV this week on Spike, thanks to the son of the man who created the show that originally ran on Fox between 1998 and 2001.
Paul Stojanovich, Jr. says watching videos of people running from the cops, bad guys assaulting good guys, and bank robbers proving why bank robbery is such a low-yield enterprise gives him a nostalgic feeling. His dad, Paul Sr., was a pioneer of reality TV, and won Emmys for his work on show like “WWPV,” “COPS,” and “American Detective.”
Paul Jr., who says he practically grew up in patrol cars, says technology has changed a lot in the 11 years since the show was last aired, mostly because of smart phones that provide video footage of a far better quality than the old VHS tapes used on the show in its early years.
With the rise of the smartphone comes an increase in the number of videos showing how cops interact with the public, something cops are not always happy about. But Stojanovich says the police shouldn’t worry about being observed every minute of every shift because, as he says, good cops don’t have anything to hide.
The new "World's Wildest Police Videos” features video shot all over the world, but good old homegrown footage prevails. Stojanovich says Texas, California, and especially Florida are the most frequent sources of material.
Here's the latest in case you missed it. Watch it to the end.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 00:31
Monday, December 26, 2011 13:49
You may have seen the video of the two boneheadedly incompetent drivers racing and wrecking their Corvettes on Thanksgiving Day in the Houston area. We’ll simply refer to as Brian Andrew Herbert, 23, and Roy Wayne Bowden, 44.
If you haven’t seen the video take a moment to watch.
According to myfoxhouston.com, the two are charged with racing on a highway causing bodily injury. I’m pretty sure these are felony charges. But it was in Texas, so who knows?
Reports said Herbert concocted a story for police that wasn’t exactly accurate. Then Herbert’s mother called and demanded that police take her baby to the hospital. Cops released Bowden because the kid’s mommy prevented Herbert from taking a ride to the station.
They both would’ve gotten away with little more than bruised egos, but the video surfaced. The video convicted Herbert of the most foul of offenses: “Contempt of Cop.” (From Rodney King to Occupy Wall Streeters, many have been severely punished for this offense.)
Some (of many) lessons from this:
- Don't disable the electronic stability control when you can’t drive a nail into soft sand.
- Don't lie to the cops. You can remain silent. Or you can channel your inner Forrest Gump (which should’ve been easy in this case) and say I dunno. But don't lie.
- Today, someone is always nearby with a video camera.
Monday, December 19, 2011 12:46
The difference between men and boys isn’t just the price of their toys, it’s the size of them, too. So when MTV-reality and action sports-star Rob Dyrdek got a yen to do a kick flip like the ones he used to do on his skateboard, he decided to do it in a car instead.
For the skateboard-stunt-impaired, a kick flip is a jump during which the skateboard rotates 360 degrees while in mid-air. Tough enough, but when you’re trying to rotate a Chevy Sonic that way, the degree of difficulty goes way up.
Dyrdek, who owns a ’69 Camaro and drives a Tahoe every day, not only pulled off the stunt, but if you look closely you’ll see he jumped over the world’s largest skateboard, which he built for an earlier stunt.
The kick flip took place at Six Flags Magic Mountain while an MTV film crew recorded it for the season five premiere of Fantasy Factory.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 05:08
Enough is Enough Kurt Busch was ordered to “walk the plank” by team boss Roger Penske, AKA “The Captain.” The incident at the season-ending event Homestead-Miami no doubt pushed Penske over the edge in what has been a tumultuous six-year relationship. Did Busch speak the unspeakable word in public? That would be inconsistent because former driver Rusty Wallace could make a sailor blush with many of his radio outbursts in the pre-scanner days. The rift probably runs much deeper. Both Kurt and his brother are notorious for their critical comments about their cars during races that always kill any sense of teamwork. I will never forget the RP retort after one of Kurt’s radio rampages a couple years ago. He said (I am paraphrasing): “This is the owner, Kurt. If you don’t like driving my car, I’ll find someone who will.” This also makes one wonder if there is something in the Busch brothers’ DNA that causes such behavior.
Color Me Yellow Speculation over who will replace Kurt Busch has already created a buzz. Two guys named Dave (Ragan and Reutimann) are potential candidates. Or, could Roger Penske bump Sam Hornish to the Pennzoil ride? Hornish has history with the sponsor. He raced in the classic yellow livery at Panther Racing in the IndyCar series.
What Happens in Vegas…The “Champion’s Week” in Las Vegas had its moments, most best left there and off the airwaves. The Friday night awards broadcast had a few worth mention. First, Kid Rock’s performance was a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis and Elton John, complete with him standing on top of the piano. And the hat? Did he borrow it from King Richard? Reba was quite funny, especially with the quip: “Kyle Busch couldn’t use valet parking. Only NASCAR can park his car.” She also commented on the Jeff Gordon You Tube video. Apparently Big Poppa is a pretty good break dancer. Who’d a thunk it? The Chase driver’s speeches were thankfully short. None, including Stewart’s were particularly eloquent.
A Waste of Good Beer No doubt Darien Grubb succeeded in getting his boss sloshed on Schlitz after winning the Sprint Cup crown; it did not keep his spot atop the No. 14 war wagon. That spot will be taken by Steve Addington, a refugee of the Busch war at Penske.
The Front of the NASCAR Holiday Parade Steve Hmiel and Tony Glover can now join Kurt Busch and Darien Grubb in the ever growing parade of unemployed in NASCAR. That’s because Chip Ganassi cleaned out the “C-suite” at the team’s Concord, N.C. HQ. Both Hmiel and Glover have had long and successful careers in the sport. I’m guessing these guys might be thinking “Fa La Lala La, up yours” during this holiday season.
Still Kickin’ at 83 Octogenarian Robert Weaver has won the first Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The lifelong Talladega resident was widely known as “The Ice Cream Man” because he would bring ice cream and other treats to blind, deaf and children with multiple disabilities. Way to go Robert.