by Kyle Swenson
If you scoped out the Plain Dealer’s story on Daniel Gibson’s off-season, you probably came out with the interesting takeaway that the Cavs guard has been boxing in the offseason back home in Houston in order to impro . . . No, let’s be honest, you just remember that Boobie and his wife Keyshia Cole are trying to land on network TV with a reality show. We know you.
Our initial response? Say it ain’t so, Boobie. History says hoopsters and reality TV don’t go down well. Don’t you remember what happened to Eric Snow after he popped the lid on his marital situation for the viewing public? Man, Shaq couldn’t even put his happy family under the bright lights without some wear and tear.
In all fairness, Gibson actually comes off pretty sweet about the whole thing, saying his marriage to the R&B songstress is strong enough to stand up against a million eyeballs. And we hope it does. The couple have filmed 6 episodes of the show, which is called “Family First.” The article says the network has yet to be determined, but episodes are going to start airing in February.
The whole Gibson-Cole idea kind of turns the entire reality-TV format on its head because it actually features two people who are both accomplished in their own realms of endeavor (see below). Usually, all it takes stage a network-friendly relationship is one no-talent ass-clown paired with an at minimum marginally successful sort-of somebody — or a Kardashian. ’98 who? Oh, yeah, Jessica Simpson. Russell Simmons, who doesn’t know Russell Simmons! Now what’s a Kimora? Hey, that’s Frasier, and that’s . . . and that’s . . .
Let’s just break in with a Public Service Announcement: All of those marriages ended in divorce — not just those three, every single marriage mentioned in this article has ended in divorce, except for Daniel and Keyshia. And we hope it remains intact. If they actually get on air, we hope an iron-vowed and blissful relationship makes for good reality TV, which is usually as soul nourishing as directly sucking engine fumes off the exhaust pipe of your ’89 Topaz.