Sometimes the most entertaining moments of television are the unintended ones.
Everyone loves to see a news anchor stumble over their words or a field reporter get soaked by a passing car. Accidental moments are usually better than scripted programs.
Since it is 2023, and most people have completely forgotten how to act in public, you often see folks photobombing reporters or dancing around for the camera like drunken toddlers. Pretty funny stuff, to be honest.
Do you know what is funnier? When a reporter puts an epic smackdown on some drunk fool trying to get his five seconds of fame and win a bet with his buddy.
This exact scenario happened during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena. Imagine that, a drunk dude in Las Vegas. When CBS Miami’s Samantha Rivera was onscreen to do a live report, an overzealous fan tried to pop into the broadcast and got mercilessly rebuked. Check this out.
“Very live crowd here,” Rivera says as she begins previewing the game when suddenly the guy begins screaming and trying to get into the live shot. Then Rivera says, “NOPE! NOPE!” and stiff arm’s him away.
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As you can see in the video, Rivera didn’t even break eye contact with the camera as she gave the drunk fan a forearm shiver that would make the late Jim Brown proud.
It has to be nerve-wracking, being a field reporter in 2023. You simply never know what will happen. People are so unwound and unpredictable that you could get anything from an activist to a crazy person to a prankster.
There are often little-to-no security precautions at live feeds. It is generally the camera guy and the field reporter. If the reporter is a woman, that makes it even more dicey. Not for Samantha Rivera! She laid the smack down with authority.
But Rivera took it to the next level with the Madden-like stiff arm. Hell, the Dolphins may have just found themselves another member for their offensive line.
The only thing I wish is that we got to see the guy’s face in the video cause his buddies would have ripped him to shreds for being dominated by Rivera.
It is unknown who the man was that got owned, or if he was escorted from the Arena. What is likely though, is his friend group probably did what male friend groups do when a member is savagely denied by a lady. There was likely lots of comments about mothers, sisters, and if someone should be changing into an evening gown for the second period. Hey, its Pride month, that isn’t farfetched.
You have to ask yourself; was it worth it? Is a free Pabst Blue Ribbon from your stupid buddies worth the embarrassment of getting a stiff-arm under the facemask, “Beast mode” style?
I’ve had PBR, so I say no. I’m sure for our fallen hero’s next wager, the prize will probably be a Bud Light, based on his epic failure with Samantha Rivera.
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